"The Braves Arise "
ashmir is a beautiful place to visit. It's beauty lies in the snow, on the hill tops, trees, and huts. Various beautiful lakes over there add up to its beauty. Although I myself have never been to Kashmir, yet I am always curious to learn and know everything about Kashmir. My parents and grandparents have told me so much about Kashmir, more than I would have read in books. I therefore feel extremely proud and fortunate to be born to a Kashmiri family.
No doubt it is very cold in Kashmir during winter months, but we feel warm by looking at the beautiful images on TV and magazines. If one is fortunate to visit this place of beauty, one may never want to return. There are a number of places to visit such as Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Verinag, Achabal etc. Since it is gets very cold in Kashmir the people living there use a KANGRI which helps them to keep their body warm. My grandfather purchased one Kangri to show us, as how to use it in the severe cold. This is a remembrance and gets us close to our roots. We have kept that Kangri in our Drawing room and we proudly show it to our friends, who visit us.
A special type of a tea called Moghil Chai/KAHAVA is prepared and served to guests at their arrival. Even we have purchased Sheer Chai from Jammu, as we enjoy that tea on Sundays . People use Pheran to keep their bodies warm during winter. We too put on Pheran, when there is cold in Rajasthan. People of Kashmir speak Kashmiri, but we the new generation can not. We speak Hindi instead. But we know at least 100 Kashmiri words.,e.g. Tule Longun Tulan Chas. Akh Zu Tray Chor etc. for numbers, AAthwar, Chandrawar for the days of the week.We know the names of vegetables, as Monji, Hakh Nadur, olaw, Muji,Wangan, Marchawangan,Tamatar, Pudna. Names of fruits as Doon, Badam, Gilas, Chuunth, etc.
Also we know Chaaman, Zamut Dvad, Omdvad. We observe Herath with great zeal and invite the Watuk in a typical way saying Kus Chu, Watak Raaz etc. ZeTh Aitham is special day for us. My Mom draws Har Mandul on one occasion, copying the Mandala Akara painting painted by my grand father.
Lastly, I would like to say that I love Kashmir and its traditions very much. But I am sorry I can not speak the Koshur/known as Kashmiri language.
I am very proud of being associated with the Shehjar e-journal, as my Grand parents often write for that journal. Moreover Shehjar is a Kashmiri word for coolness.
*Vibhasa is a 8th grade student of Sophia Senior Secondary School,Ajmer. She has interest in dance, debates, acting etc. Her extempore speeche on "Save the Water Resources" was greatly appreciated. She acted as Bhagat Singh, acted in a play on Mahatma Gandhi enacted on Gandhi Jayanti. She is a good orator, and has recited Hindi poems for Shehjar E-Journal. and the Hindi Program of the Radio Texas, USA. She is very proud of her Kashmiri heritage
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Dear Vibhasa.I would like to advise you to learn more Kashmiri words. read --Let us learn Kashmiri from the archives of the E-journal Shehjar.You have learnt about 100 words is good, but try to speak with your parents.You shpould also recite Hindi poems for Shehjar E-journal.
Added By Chaman Lal Raina
Dear Vibhasa, We are so glad that you are making every effort to stay connected to your roots. We enjoy your poetry recitals and writing. Keep it up.
Added By Arun Koul
You did not see Kashmir but you have felt its beauty. I have gone to Kashmir two times once in 06 for about 15 days and in 08 for a week but I could never describe the beauty of Kashmir like you have done.I am fortunate that I have walked on soil of Kashmir but even when I went there I could not feel the beauty of the place. In my next visit I shall surely visit and explore. I am also 8th stnd. student and compliment you for writing the article, please keep writing more articles like this one.
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