Thursday, March 30, 2017

NUTAN AND “JOGI JAB SE TU AAYA MERAY DWAARE...”


                                                                                                                                                                                






NUTAN  AND “JOGI JAB SE TU AAYA MERAY DWAARE...

Apart from training in classes and institutions , Prospective  Actors /   Budding Artists   also learn a lot by watching some great Artists / Actors . They learn how to express the untold without uttering a word from the mouth. They learn how to smile within and express it without a laughter. 

I believe much can be learnt from Nutan if we watch her movies .  Watch her  singing " Jogi jab Se tu aaya Meray Dwaare"   for Bimal Da 's Nandini . None except Great NUTAN  could have done justice to the happy and emotive beats of Shailendra's lyrics. Great and  sensitive  masters like Bimal Da  , S D Burman, Nutan ji and Shilendra are in fact great schools of learning four different aspects of cinematic creativity.

Nutan acted in about 70 Hindi films in a career span of about 40 years . Her father, Kumarsen Samarth, was a reputed Film director while her mother , Shobhana, and her sister Tanuja, were actresses. She work hard to taste success and earn 5 film fare awards. 

Nutan had written several poems and Bhajans . She used to read lot of Books and literature. .Dev Anand had once remarked that she was among a few actresses with whom one could have an intelligent conversation.
A Former Miss India (1952), she died in 1991 (age 54 Years ) fighting a prolonged battle against lung cancer.

And She received her early education at La Chanteine, Switzerland..


Here is the complete song and my English Rendering ....





Jogi Jab se tu Aaya meray Dwaare

Meray Rang Gaye Saanjh sakaare
Tu to akhiyon Se jaane jee ki batiyaan
To se milnaa hi julam bhayaa re....



Meethi Meethi agan yeh
keh na sakoongi
Me tu chhuyi Mooyi Abla re
Seh na sakoongi
Meray aur Nikat mat Aa Re

……….Jogi Jab se tu Aaya meray Dwaare
Meray Rang Gaye Saanjh sakaare


Ja ke panghat pe bethoon Me Radha deewani,
Bina jal Liye Chali Aaoon Radha Deewani,
Mohe Ajab ye Rog Lagaa Re..

…………Jogi jab Se tu Aaya meray Dwaare
Meray Rang Gaye Saanjh sakaare


Dekhi Saanvli soorat ye naina Judaaye
Teri Chhub Dekhi Jab se re Naina Judaaye
Bhaye bin Kajraa ye Kajraare

…….Jogi Jab se Tu Aaya Meray Dwaare
Meray Rang Gaye Saanjh Sakaare …
( Shailendra )

In English I would say :………………….



O carefree Wanderer !
The day you landed in my life,
My mornings and evenings 
are just bright and colour filled.

Just a glance and 
You catch up with my innermost feelings, 
O Wanderer !
How remarkable has this meeting been ?



 How can i make it known ?
How can i divulge the secret of Love’s enchanting blaze ?
A frail and “ Touch Me Not” that I am ,
How can I withstand all this ?
Move not more closer now , Love !

…...O carefree Wanderer !
The day you landed in my life,
My mornings and evenings
are just bright and colour filled.


Consumed by Krishna's Love,
Like Absent minded Radha,
I sit on the river Bank.
Having come to fetch water,
Lost in your thoughts,
i return empty handed.
What a strange ordeal you have put me into?

….O carefree Wanderer !
The day you landed in my life,
My mornings and evenings
are just bright and colour filled..


The day I saw your eye catching appearance,
I fell for you .
And your looks,
My eyes held them within ;
Black they appear now ,
Even in absence of Kohl ..

….O carefree Wanderer !
The day you landed in my life,
My mornings and evenings
are just bright and colour filled.



( Autar Mota )

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

ANCIENT LINK BETWEEN SANSKRIT AND LITHUANIAN LANGUAGE



                                                                                  


BEAUTIFUL LITHUANIA  AND SANSKRIT ..


Lithuanian Language has a strong link with Sanskrit.

Word Ugnis in Lithuania is used for fire.Sanskrit word is Agni..

Lithuanians wish Profit and wealth to others and say Labhas.. In Sanskrit we wish Labh.




Sapnas in Lithuanian Language means dreaM

And we say swapn in Sanskrit.


Dievas in Lithuanian language means God's . In Sanskrit we say Dev.

Paadus in Lithuanian means sole . The word is close to sanskrit word Paad ,

Prasom is a popular Lithuanian Phrase spoken as Prah- Shom which means happy to see you or you are welcome . In sanskrit we say Prasan.

Medus is Honey in Lithuanian and we say Madhu in sanskrit .

Asru is tears in Lithuanina and we say Ashru in Sanskrit .

Avis is sheep in Lithuanian while it is Avi in sanskrit.

And Lithuanian grammar is closest to Sanskrit Grammar .

So many more common words..


Prof. Sisirkumar Mitra, renowned Indian scholar has done a profound study of ancient Lithuanian Text and observed following startling facts with regard to names of Gods , rivers and tribes appearing therein . I quote
1 
River names in ancient Lithuanian Texts :

Nemuna (Yamuna), Tapti (Tapti), Narbudey (Narmada), Srobati (Saraswati)
2
Tribal or Clan names of the Lithuanians :
Kuru, Puru, Yadav, Sudav
3
Gods or Deities in ancient Lithuanian texts .
Indra, Varuna, Purakanya (Vedic Parjanya)

well known Scholar and Linguist  Dr S S Toshkhani writes :

"“ Lithuanian, like Classical Greek and other European languages, is very close to Sanskrit, not only in the etymologies of its basic vocabulary but also in the principles of its generative grammar as well as ancient phonology. In this context I would like to quote the renowned scholar, Dr. Lokesh Chandra, who writes, "Sanskrit verbal roots, prefixes and suffixes, as well as the generative system, became the building blocks of European languages." Referring specifically to the Lithuanian language, he adds: "To this day Sanskrit is associated with Lithuanian as symbol of national identity. We can go to a classroom at the Vilnius University of Lithuania Republic . The professor writes on the blackboard in Lithuanian and Sanskrit. Lithuanian: kas to esi Sanskrit Meaning: kas tvam asi Who are you? Lithuanian: kas tavo sunus Sanskrit meaning: kas tava sunus Who is your son? / Kas to esi is an eternal question before manin his quest for knowlwdge. The answer is as brief in Lithuanian as  it is in Sanskrit: Tas tu esi = Tat tvam asi." My father ,late Prof. S. K. Toshkhani, had in an article titled "Some Antiquities of Kashmiri"claimed that there are several lexical affinities between Lithuanian and Kashmiri. He had, however, not elaborated. He was obviously pointing to the Sanskrit connection.”


Lithuania is a beautiful country on the coastline of Baltic Sea in Northern Europe with a population of just 36 lakhs . It is a country with beautiful Lakes and dense forests .This country has a documented history of more than 2000 years. It was a home to ancient Baltic tribes and presently inhabited by poles, Germans, Ukranians, Romani,Tartars , Russians and Jews living peacefully.It is a member of European Union.


Mr LaimonasTalat Kelpsa Lithuanian ambassador to India has presented a specially published Sanskrit- Lithuanian dictionary to  our PM.
(Autar Mota)


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Sunday, March 26, 2017

KAILASH MEHRA. SADHU ..A VOICE LOVED BY EVERY KASHMIRI


                                             



KAILASH MEHRA  SADHU  (Born 1956 )


SHE HAS  SINCERE BLESSINGS  OF   POET DINA NATH NAADIM... ..

She came  to know  my friend  Vijay Sadhu   long back when they worked  for a private  school in Srinagar   .  Their   instant liking for each other materialized into a lifelong  happy  companionship  . A marriage that was also attended by Sheikh Mohd Abdullah who came personally to Bless Kailash.

Starting as teacher   from a private school , Kailash ji   moved to teach Music at Government college Anantnag where she joined as lecturer  .  Vijay also joined as officer in J&K Fire services . Both have since retired . They live at Bhagwati Nagar in Jammu  city and keep shuttling to Other cities to be with their loving and  obedient children.

 Trained by Pandit Shamboo Nath Sopori( father of well known Santoor Maestro  Pandit Bhajan Sopori ) , Kailash ji  continues to  remain   simple , unassuming , down to earth and  dedicated to her music and family .She  proved  a great support  to Vijay in all his ventures ,  social and familial . She lived in the joint family  like an ordinary middle class kashmiri girl and earned the respect and love of almost all the relatives of Vijay :  Not because  she was a  noted  kashmiri singer , Not because  she was  from a Punjabi background  who  could speak fluent kashmiri  ;   But solely  because of her good temper and adjusting nature.

Vijay’s Mother was more than satisfied with her behavior , conduct and dealings both with in the family and with all her relations .

 Only Blessing and good wishes  poured from the lips of  Jaikishori  ( Behan Ji )  or Vijay’s mother as and when some person talked about  Hema ji ( A name by which kailash  was known in her in law’s house  )  to her .

For   Kashmiris from any segment of the society, more specifically women folk , Kailash  is like  a  loveable daughter  next door  who  brings joy and  happiness when she sings  . For  our womenfolk , music is  the lone  pleasurable diversion from the  chores of their   Mundane  existence .    I have often heard them singing or humming  songs sung by  kailash  ji in her Melodious voice .

Who is not moved when she sings:

"Sahibo Sathh Chhum Me Tchaanei Vathh me Assaleitch Haavtum or My Lord! You are my lone hope, show me the righteous path."
                                                                             

                                   ( Mrs kailash Mehra Sadhu performing in America )

This song written by poet Ghulam Ahmed Mehjoor is a common prayer for Kashmiris ; A Naat for Muslims and a Guru Astuti for Pandits. I have heard it in Hindu and Muslim shrines of Kashmir and also at various schools as a Morning Prayer.

Her soulful rendering of " Bedard Daaedi Tchaanei soor ho sapdaan or O Uncaring, in your painful separation, this body is burning to Ash now" moves every kashmiri. I have seen many eyes turning moist as and when this song is sung.

She has sung Love songs of Mehmood Gaami and Rasul Mir .She has also sung songs   of separation and  longing by Habba  Khatoon and ArinMaal . She has also Sung songs composed by major Sufi poets   of Kashmir.

In kashmiri Pandit Households,her popularity is also on account of the fact that  She has  sung the original Sanskrit version of  Ganesh Astuti (Ekadanta Vakratunda) ,Sharika Astuti( Gauri  Amba) , Vishnu Astuti ( Jai  Narayan Jai Purshotam ) and Shiva Stotram   popular in kashmir since so many centuries.She has also sung some popular kashmiri Leelas  of  Bhakti poet Krishen Joo Razdan.

some other popular kashmiri songs sung by Kailash ji  that come to my mind at this moment are :


 .Kar Sa Myon Nyaai Andhey ..

. Ba Ti No Ya  Dooreyur  Tchonuyii  zaraai .

.Arinee Rang   Gom

.Dimyo Dilaas Gandiyo Walaas .
.
.Hataai Weiss Chhaar  Naye Log  Aeshk Naaras

.Kael  ma Madan  ba  Mariyo, Poshan Bu Maal Kariyo

.Kya Rozi, Pardan Tchhaayee Tchhaayee .

.Madano Lolik  Aalav Traavaai

.Maeti  Chhus Ba  Wuchhaan Tchaani Vattan .

.Tchi Yiwaan Roshi Chhukh na ta Hosha  Dalayo

.Tchoor Tcholhum Yaa Wani Tchoor Lo Lo

. Huu  Kuss  ba Kuss Teli Vun Tche Kuss

. Katyo Chhukh Nundha Baane Valo Maashoq Myaane

. Tchol-hamma Roshey  Roshey ..


I shall not write details of  innumerable  popular  songs sung by her . These  are  too many . I may not annex the  endless  list of  her  great admirers   . They are  spread all along the Globe.

And Even today while I write this small post  , she is performing at Dubai .

About her singing, Dr Shashi Shekhar Toshkhani well known Scholar and linguist writes:

"Gifted with a soft, richly melodious and soothing voice, Kailash Mehra Sadhu has been enthralling music-loving Kashmiris for many years now. Her deep dedication to music, in particular, her soul-enchanting rendering of the devotional songs of the great Kashmiri Bhakti poets, have been providing balm to our wounded psyche after we lost our habitat in Kashmir.  For this, we can't but ever feel grateful towards her. "

And now something special   .

For Poet Dina Nath Naadim , Kailash was a loveable daughter . And Naadim Sahib blessed kailash ji and Vijay sadhu on their marriage day when he wrote a small poem for them .
                                                                     
                                        ( Vijay Sadhu And Kailash Mehra Sadhu )

 Vijay informs me :

“   Kailash  Knows this poem.It is her prized possession . In fact in 1980,  Naadim sahib  wrote this poem  in his own hand and delivered to Kailash . She has preserved this manuscript carefully . Possibly Naadim sahib was also there  on our marriage reception day . Yes sheikh sahib and Begum sahiba also joined to bless us .”

And here is the poem ..

(‘ Aahi ’)

Sadaashiv  vaar'a  tchein
Kailash Roozien ,
Tchei Dekka Tchand’rum
tamiss Vaeti gaash Roozien.
‘ Vijay ’ Haeth Vaar'a  vattie
Tchaeniss daliss tal
Ropukk Dastaar sonna Saen’z
Chaash Roozien.
Modhur Laai Neel-kantheitch
Roozinuss poor
Tamiss gandharvpuri Haenz
Aash roozien

( *Vatchhi Vaalienji
Dina Nath Naadim
22.10.1980 )

(“ Blessing ’)

O Shiva !
Let your Kailash be always hale and hearty .
With your radiant  light,
 Keep Illuminating  her path .
Keep ‘ Vijay ’ along with her
in your fold
And Bestow a Silvery  headgear to him
With  a sweet golden Hue
O Shiva!

Keep her  throat
always full of Sweet Melodies
And keep her full of hopes
To be in the city ( Gandharv-puri ) of exceptionally
skilled Musicians ..

( Autar Mota 25.03.2017 )


*Vatchhi Vaalinji  in Kashmir  means from the deepest   recesses   of the heart..

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A POEM WRITTEN IN A BOAT WITH PROF. ARVIND GIGOO


                                                                                 





Ready to cross  river Chenab diagonally  at  Akhnoor with Prof Arvind Gigoo..
(  Mobile Photo Autar Mota..  Feb 2017 )

 I am reminded   of   the opening lines of a poem  of master zinda koul .."Kaanh Ma as Tarriev Apou'r.." or  "Would any person like to go across? "

For this photo I wrote...

"Paar Madhur Aawaazein hain par 
 Dil Mein hain sau Bram..
Aur Nadi ke beech hai dheemi
Lehron ki Sargam.
Samajh nahin aataa hai saathi
Duvidha mein hain hum
Yaheen rahein ya paar chalein Ab
Bolo kuchh iss dham "

( Autar Mota)

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MY MINI POEM ON CLOUDS


                                                                     




CLOUDS ....

I ADD SOME LINES THAT I WROTE FOR THIS PHOTOGRAPH...

( BAADAL )

Baadal Dhoop Mein Thandi Chhaaya
Barse hariyaali kar Jaaye ……
Nadiyaa, Saagar, Taal Talaiyaa
Sukh ke sapnon se Bhar Jaaye……
Lekin sookhe kheit Pe meray
Aaye ,Chhaye aur Mandraaye…..
 Ikk Aasha si Goongroo Pehnay
Ikk sapna Palkon par Aaye ….
Tabhi Achanak Jaldi Jaldi
Bin Barse Udd jaaye……

( Autar Mota )
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PROF NEERJA MATTOO REMEMBERS THE OLD GRANDEUR AND GLORY OF RESIDENCY ROAD SRINAGAR .


                            
                                                                       










PRESENT VIEW OF THE THEN COFFEE HOUSE BUILDING RESIDENCY ROAD SRINAGAR ..

( PHOTO AUTAR MOTA )


Prof Neerja Mattoo writes:


" The Residency Road was full of shops selling Merchandise of all kinds . A fascinating sight was the magnificent Statue of a white Horse that occupied the compound of the Pestonjee ‘s home. The house had access from the Bund , while the offices of the Insurance firm Mr Pestonjee and his son represented , were on the Residency Road below.
when we walked on the Bund for our Daily walk , we could hear strains of a Piano playing – obviously western Music .Situated as we were in our enclave , such Plurality was natural . Having woken up early with the AZAAN , rubbing one’s eyes to the sounds of the TEMPLE BELLS and Breakfasting against the background of *BAGPIPES from the practicing Band Next door , It was only proper that the evening should end with the music from a Piano. Dance Music could also be heard if one ventured near the club. Residency Road also housed three Book shops, the largest and the most popular being the KASHMIR BOOK SHOP , owned by the sweetest Book loving and Book Knowing sardarji , with his white Beard and equally spotless white Turban .You could get all the Books in the world _ if it was not in the shop , he would order it for you. And there were all the Journals from High Brow ENCOUNTER , THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC , TIME , LIFE, The Humble READER’S DIGEST to WOMAN AND HOME and WOMAN , with their knitting Patterns and other “womanly” pursuits . And then there were all the comics, the graphic Novels of those times . It was an Alladin’s cave for young readers like us. How far we had travelled from the alleys of the inner city , we had no knowledge .
A Quaint little Cubby -hole of a Book shop was run by an elderly sindhi couple. It was called" DURUPADI’S ” , perhaps the sindhi spelling of word Draupadi !
The third Book shop was lowbrow HIND BOOK SHOP , which stocked stationery and Paperback best sellers .

Opposite the Hind Book shop and facing the Bund was “ THE INDIA COFFEE HOUSE “ a daylong haunt of the ‘ Thinkers “ of Kashmir : Writers , Journalists , Small time Politicians , Artists and Leftist students .A haze of Cigarette smoke hung over the place along with coffee aroma and the loud argumentative voices of the coffee drinkers .

Walking past , a longing to be a part of that _ To us , Glamorous – world would fill us, But it was out of Bounds for Young women. ”



I conclude this post with a couplet of Urdu poet and film Lyricist Prof. Shaharyar ..
“Waqt teri yeh ada mai aaj tak samjha nahin

Meri duniya kyon badal di, mujh ko kyon badla nahin”

( Shaharyaar )
“Time, I have never ever understood this trait of yours

Why have you changed my world, but not changed me”

( Autar Mota )
PS
1
(Prof Neerja Mattoo is an Eminent Academician and a distinguished scholar from Kashmir. She is a noted writer and has also translated several Poetry and Prose texts from Kashmiri into English. This post has been extracted from her write up in “ Miraas “ Issue July – December 2016 Page 81 ..REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS PAST- MYTH AND REALITY OF BELONGING AND TOGETHERNESS With due thanks and regards to her )
2

Till October 1947,The Present day Kothi Bagh school housed Maharaja’s Military Band . After Maharaja Hari singh moved out from the state , an army unit occupied the place . this unit was engaged in fighting the Tribal raiders .It was later occupied by Recruits of ‘ Peace Brigade “ set up by Bakshi Ghulam Mohammad . Sometime later after this place was occupied by Kothi Bagh school.



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PROF NEERJA MATTOO REMEMBERS DR.SYED NASEER AHMED SHAH'S FAMILY AND MISS MEHMOODA AHMED ALI SHAH ..


                                                                               




DR. SYED NASEER AHMED SHAH..

( RENOWNED PHYSICIAN FROM OUR STATE AND PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT MEDICAL COLLEGE ..1969-1981)


Prof Neerja Mattoo writes ;

" A vivid memory of the close trust between communities in Kashmir those days pertains to the scary times of Partition. In October 1947, when the Tribal Invaders had reached the outskirts of Srinagar city , the women and children of our household were sent off to Drugjan home of Mehmooda Ali Shah , whose brother , The renowned doctor of the valley Dr Syed Naseer Ahmed Shah , was ( And continues to be ) My brother Anupam Dhar’s childhood friend . It did not occur to anyone that it was a Muslim House to which family’s safety was entrusted . The only precaution taken was to send the family cook Sudershan along , as my Grandmother and her daughters In law would not eat the food offered by the Generous shahs ! For us children , the aroma of Garlic and onion _ never used in our kitchen till my grandmother was alive – lent an exotic touch to the food and sent us into Paroxysms of joy . Such was the togetherness in the midst of separation !!
Miss Mehmooda Ali Shah had been educated at Kinnaird College in Lahore and had imbibed Modern Ideas from the Vibrant Intellectual Air of the Lahore of pre-partition India interacting with likes of Faiz Ahmed Faiz . The most Remarkable thing about her , apart from her striking good looks , was her Fearlessness . She is supposed to have earned the sobriquet , HUNTERWALI ( Apropos the film of that name which was starred by Fearless Nadia ! )because according to one of many legends that grew around her , she had once snatched the whip from a Tonga driver who tried to get fresh with her .
Mehmooda Ali Shah was never afraid of offending the powers that be in the interests of the institution .Once she locked up a bureaucrat fo entering the college without permission. As principal , she stressed on the importance of Co Curricular activities to expand horizon. Plays and musicals were got specially written by Literary Luminaries like Dina Nath Nadim and Noor Mohd Roshan and staged to great acclaim.""

                                                                             
    ( Dr Naseer and Anupam Dhar  2016.. Photo source .. Tina Anjila Shah )
    
               ( Dr Naseer and Anupam Dhar  ( In chairs )  1945.. Photo source .. Tina Anjila Shah)

Dr Naseer is married to Dr Girja Dhar, another medical Luminary of our state. This loving couple has remained stuck to the cherished values of humanity in the most trying circumstances . This couple remains dedicated ,sincere and honest to the core in ameliorating pain and suffering in any manner they feel capable to do without any bias or consideration.
                                                                           

( Dr Naseer and Dr Girja Dhar ... Photo source .. Tina Anjila Shah )

Both husband and wife are connoisseurs of fine Arts.

Good Health to them...
( Autar Mota )


PS

(Prof Neerja Mattoo is an Eminent Academician and a distinguished scholar from Kashmir. She is a noted writer and has also translated several Poetry and Prose texts from Kashmiri into English. This post has been extracted from her write up in “ Miraas “ Issue July – December 2016 Page 81 ..REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS PAST- MYTH AND REALITY OF BELONGING AND TOGETHERNESS With due thanks and regards to her )

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Monday, March 20, 2017

PROF NEERJA MATTOO REMEMBERS THE LEGENDARY PHYSICIAN DR ALI JAN AND HIS FAMILY


                                                                                 


                                                      ( PROF. NEERJA MATTOO )
Dr Ali Jan’s family lived at Exchange Road Srinagar after they shifted from Rajouri Kadal in Downtown Srinagar .


Prof Neerja Mattoo writes :



” The present day Soulless Buildings of BSNL office at Exchange Road Srinagar are built on the Remains of a Heritage House , which was torn down and razed to the ground . it belonged to one Nazir Ahmed , A Punjabi speaking High official , who left for Pakistan in the wake of Partition . His house and its grounds became what is known as Evacuee Property and were rented to legendary Physician Dr Ali Jan . He and his family moved in and integrated so well with the neighbourhood that it seemed they had always lived here and not in Rajouri Kadal area of the old city downtown. The participation in each other’s festivals was taken for granted – The pundits men and children looking forward for Eid Feasts , while the Muslims waited for Shivratri with its fish and fowl with soaked walnuts .When Mrs Ali Jan came visiting , it was only fruit for her and so it was when Mrs Dhar or Mrs kaul went to visit her .But the confidence they shared would not be shared with their own Blood sisters .

People had to wait weeks for getting an opportunity to be examined by Dr Ali jan , But for this neighbourhood , his was an open house . My Father Prof. S L Dhar , who had taught Dr Ali Jan in college , was held in such affection and respect by him that he could walk into his consultation chamber with a sick patient without any prior appointment , No one daring to challenge him for ” Gate Crashing “ .

It was Mrs Ali Jan , Boba to all of us children , who came with a biggest Majma of dry fruits and Shirin to shower us with her Blessings when we passed an Examination . It was she who celebrated our success , while our own parents were subdued ! She genuinely appreciated the value of Education . The whole Mohalla Felt bereft when the Ali jan Family left to move into their own Newly built House at Magarmal Bagh . “


( AUTAR MOTA )
  
 PS

(Prof Neerja Mattoo is an Eminent Academician and a distinguished scholar from Kashmir. She is a noted writer and has also translated several Poetry and Prose texts from Kashmiri into English. This post has been extracted from her write up in “ Miraas “ Issue July – December 2016 Page 81 ..REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS PAST- MYTH AND REALITY OF BELONGING AND TOGETHERNESS With due thanks and regards to her )


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