Saturday, December 17, 2011 Annual report

Its kindda lame I know... But this is where my own brand stands...

This demographic is provided by blogger. From september 2009 until now.. My blog started in 2006, so i can safely assume that the "Page Views all time history" is a number much bigger in magnitude than 91932 as displayed here...

 Overall, this has been the popularity for my blog. I put analytics to my blog later, so I have lost a lot of information.. sniff snifff :(

 My blog is dying now!! I am in the middle of my Final Year Project. Engineering is hard.. Whatever time is left, is spent in the gym.. And suddenly from nowhere, rises hope..

Like this:

This is the popularity of my in a span of 6 months since its creation... There remains hope..


Friday, November 18, 2011

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Zamanai Pok ne HumDum (New Version) Uploaded

Check the subpage "Hassan Sofi" for the older, classic version :)

Monday, October 24, 2011

Friday, October 14, 2011

Will Arnab Goswami seriously move to Srinagar?

Original Source:

Extremely annoyed by Times Now’s Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami `interrogating’ him on live television over the death of a political activist, Omar Abdullah has done a `Nayak’ to Arnab. He has offered that Goswami become the chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir for a day and prove he can administer the state better than him.
Abdullah tweeted that he was forced to take this extreme step, fed up with Arnab’s belligerent tone and allegations, that have been described by some senior journalists as bordering on “media pornography”. He explained he was inspired by `Nayak’ (the Tamil original was `Mudhalvan’) that he had seen many years back, in which the chief minister played by Amrish Puri makes a journalist played by Anil Kapoor, the CM for a day. In the film, the offer to make the journalist `ek din ka CM’ comes at the end of an interview in which Kapoor levels allegations at Puri. Reel and real have never been closer.
Goswami has reportedly accepted the challenge and will take charge of the hot seat soon. Union minister and National Conference leader, Farooq Abdullah however, is as usual, unhappy with Omar’s emotional decision and said, even opposition leader Mehbooba Mufti would have been a better choice.
The TV channel has already started making special preparations for an exclusive 24-hour coverage of their top man getting the top job in India’s top state, geographically. Over the next few days, Arnab is expected to do a series of Kashmir-specific `Newshour’, in which he will announce that “India wants to know” if they want the Line of Actual Control to be pushed back and whether India should try to get back Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. Political experts and media watchers say the 20-odd questions that he will pose to all of India is an indication that Goswami could attempt something dramatic in the 24 hours that he gets to rule the state.
Meanwhile, the opposition PDP is confused and an emergency meeting has been convened to discuss whether a pedestal fan should be thrown into the well of the House in Arnab’s presence or should the MLAs choose any other object that may be available in the assembly on that day.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

J and K Assembly Fight 2011 | Moulvi Iftikhar Ansari

Click the video to watch the action.. :)

Monday, September 19, 2011

And all we need is a "TUSNAMI"

Check today's GREATER KASHMIR for details... SEPTEMBER 18, 2011

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Srinagar Ramadhan 2011 | The city of the beggars

I am good at classifying stuff.. So here it goes!

Beggars in Srinagar are divided into three categories based on where they come from.

1) People from Kashmir who can speak Kashmiri. Rudest!
2) People from Kashmir who cannot speak Kashmiri. Gujjar!
3) People from other states. Stuck Up!

Category number 1:

"Bobaaaii" "Boobaiiii" "Yemas notwanas kun ditaw nazrah bobaaiii"

A question comes into my mind! Why are these beggars so into "Bobaaaii". Why cant they search for "Baijann's". Do they have an undisclosed intention to look at the womenfolk of the houses. Or do they find it easy enough to convince the 'female' human to give them alms. There are some who call the "Haij Saheboooo", usually the better version.

This category is further divided into two, adhering with natural law of sexes:

1) Adult Males, always bearded, with a satchel.
2) Adult Females, always with a burqa, armed with emotional attacks.

Category number 2:

Guys can be seen sporting a beard with a golden colour. This reflects a past usage of henna on these beards. The guys can be often seen with sticks, and "Rabdi Boot" (Rubber Shoes). These are the people who dont live in the city, and are nomads. They are ready to shove a paper on your face that proves they or someone close to them is sick and they want money to buy medicine etc. This happens when you give them a fiver, and they dont feel satisfied.

This category, I further divide into two also, with a slight addition to the previous category:

1) Adult Males, shy, often asking for food.
2) Adult Females with a baby, mostly are accompanied by a male.

Category number 3:

It seems, many of the states in India are outsourcing their beggar-related-services to our state. Why not? At this time of the year, Muslims all over the state are ready to donate and give alms generously. The holy month of Ramadhan makes charity more rewarding. However, the main motive is to take a percentage of wealth from the rich and give to the poor. Begging is not allowed, as per Islam.

"Didi" "Arey ou didi"
Same question! Why dont they ask for the "Bhayaas". It humiliates me when I take a tenner to hand over to them, but all of them want a female to come out. Mysterious!

A look near the famous bakery shops of Kashmir, such as Jee Enn, Mughal Darbar etc can clearly give us a good idea. You walk past and they catch your leg, raise their hands to their chin, and make a sign that they are hungry. They are seen changing clothes in public places. Tsk Tsk!

This category is as diverse as the many places from where they come from:

1) Male kids, as annoying as a mosquito
2) Female kids, accompanied with smaller kids, begging in the middle of the road
3) Adult females, the mothers of the above two categories
4) Old males, random bearded people, in a charecteristic urdu accent
5) Old females, rare to find! But exist nevertheless

One reason I didnt put "Adult Males" in this category is that they would be busy working as common labourers. However it is not strcitly followed in many places.

Alex Smart got annoyed and said:

The funniest thing is they are rude! It is not compulsory to give them. If you dont, they act as though you have purchased a diamond watch from them, and you are refusing to pay them for it. Such a dirty look. But that doesnt end there. Then they talk about how you were raised by your dad and your "bobaiii", and start getting all personal. You give them a little amount of money, and they get ruder.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Independence Day in Kashmir

A majority of the shops remained closed. The roads bore a deserted look, with an occasional maruti 800 rushing by. The local city bus services remained suspended as well. However, the funniest thing is the suspension of the "mobile service". This was claimed to be a part of the I-Day security measures.


What about internet???? According to GK, various news organisations and portals in the valley failed to update their websites.

Talk about freedom. Well, public interest comes first though!

While CM Omar blamed some factors for unrest in the valley, he should also realize that "taali ek haat se nai bajti". Newspapers are full of incidents where the unrest had been provoked by some other circumstances. People do have emotions, people do react- it seriously doesnt matter whether those factors exist or not. As for me they just exist to mark spots on the calendar, otherwise believe me, the protests would continue and continue forever. Something minor provokes the people, and they all end up shouting slogans of azadi. Our beloved young CM should have a look into that.

The good thing is I-Day functions passed off peacefully. No one died, apparently no one was hurt. Alhamdulillah.

Alex Smart Said:

Apparently they forgot to take the shoes of people. Shoes can be potential security hazards, as history has shown.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Kashmiri terminology during Ramadhan

Deheldees: Noun. A term given to a person who doesnt fast. Also known as DehelKhaw.

TaapeSahar: Noun. A meal taken when its sunny to make a "Deheldees" (see above) not feel guilty.

Iftiyaar: Kashmiri for Iftar, people add the extra 'y' to put more stress on how tired the feel after all that fasting.

Taraweeh: It doesnt matter if you pray 8 or 20, as long as you go in between to stroll around and then resume praying.

SaharKhan: A person who goes around with a drum, in the early hours, with the intention to wake people up. Usually is not familiar with the modern technology of the alarm.

Mughal Darbar: A shop, usually all bread items are brought from here. Situated near "Sunday Market" where all stolen (?) goods are available very cheap on sundays.

Alex Smart said: "Wakte Sahar, yus ne wothhe su kheyhey zahar" - Time to wake, those who dont may gladly eat some poison.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Jannet E Kashmir Shameema Dev mp3

Here is the link to download the popular song! Videos are available on the internet elsewhere!

Download Jannat E Kashmir by Shameema Dev!

Happy Ramadhan!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Somone said something against homosexuals

Some sources say that there in Kashmir, some big shot guy (I know the name, I dont want you to know :P )  declared homosexuality as a disease (or leading to one). Obviously he meant no discrimination. I have some gay friends, I dont discriminate against them at any level. Neither did he!! He said something a doctor could have said.

I agree, gays should enjoy equal rights as human beings. They deserve to live, however strange the habit is! But that guy didnt want to kill them... He said something, with something else on mind! It like saying smoking is a disease! How odd does that seem? 

After googling around the internet, I came to copy paste the following, which proves what he said was right:

"AIDS Rate 50 Times Higher in Homosexual Men: Center for Disease Control"


"Men who have sex with men and women are a "significant bridge for HIV to women"


Protests starting from common "gali ke gays" to "The UNAIDS, a UN agency working on AIDS" were held everywhere..

What boggles me the most is what my dear friend said..

Alex Smart, "Becharay ne sach hi tou kaha tha!!!"
*(So basically protests all around for speaking the truth)


Sunday, July 3, 2011

The Facebook Flirts From Kashmir

The name has been hastily blurred out due to privacy reasons..

Now that my exams have finished I have officially begun to stalk every tom, dick and harry in my news feed. I study the activities, the friends people make, and the status messages that they put up.
After 2 hours of heavy stalking, I now declare the following (known) fact:

Kashmiri users on Facebook are divided into three categories.

1) Normal, true people who use facebook to keep in touch with others. (like me and my friend Areeb)

2) Normal, flirts who use facebook as a time pass, add all sorts of girls, usually have nothing better to do.. (usually boys like this guy here.. Check out his friend list..)

3) Fake profiles, the number 2 category keeps adding this one (like this or like this.. )

This trend is so funny, particularly the comments that #2 guys make in the pictures/wall of #3..

I got some screenshots that should enough to give you the message:

Alex Smart Commented: Gari ne way, nebre tie!!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Zara Mat Uthao Khoshketh

Overheard in some place in Kashmir:

Mom: beta, jau computer band karo!
Son: bus 2 minutes mama, email ka reply kar raha hun

<2 minutes later>

Mom: auer asakh ath monitaras, kar wan band, doh woutuy aith seeth
Son: mein ne abhi turn on kiya, mein dost ke saath chat kar raha hun

<5 minutes later>

Mom: Hata loga ath naar, aech ha gasnay kharaab, karuw waen band, gas padhai kun kar yem magez..



Mat Uthao Mujhay Khoshketh..

Alex Smart Said: " But mera photo UTHAO chalega"

Monday, June 27, 2011

Stuff I will do when I go back

In July I shall be in Kashmir inshaAllah. 

I shall not miss the opportunity to inhale the smoke from similar burning logs of wood, designed to create air pollution, and to signal the location of a marriage in the analog GPS system that operates in the valley. This happens in real time, but the range is limited to a couple of kilometers. 

Alec Smart Said: "If you see smoke, fear not my friend, its not anyones house, it WAZAWAN, its strictly tummy business"

Friday, June 24, 2011

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Grand Salt Tea of Kashmir

I believe the people who introduced the salt tea to us Kashmiri people, "nun chai" wanted the Kashmiri people to die of high blood pressure. But who cares, we all have to die someday, its better to dine well while we are alive..

Few years ago, I remember going to a place in Ajmer, where they served salted tea to "Kashmiris"; who undoubtedly formed a major portion of the visitors to a particular "shrine". The Ajmeri people there called it the "Special Namkeen Chai for Kashmiri Bhai-Log".

So how did they make the tea? Clearly, it wasn't the real deal.


They took normal Lipton Red Label Chai, and instead of putting sugar, they put salt..!!! 

It tasted ok!! Like chai soup.

I vomitted!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

I ran out of Kashmiri Songs! Finally

    So many people are interested in getting free downloads of the best Kashmiri songs. No I mean seriously! The number of hits that I am getting on my Kashmiri Songs: download site is growing daily. I dont say it is the best site to download, but it is a good one. The downloads are easy to start, no useless ads bouncing up on your screen, no need to enter "Word Verifications". The only thing is my song collection is very very limited. I dont have many songs to upload.

There is another thing happening. People are actually requesting for songs now.. Have a look:


"karath bewafayi bu nay mushrawath,mohbat cze meonoy aasi nay mubarak"

OK! I have absolutely no idea how to find them. I havent even heard of these songs before. Can anyone help.. mp3?

How the future flyover in Kashmir will look like | Elevated Corridor

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Pointers and Arrays | Passing to functions

Good place to understand Pointers, however this article is for C++ but nevertheless very good:

What passing arrays to functions actually means:

Sunday, May 29, 2011

When its winter in Kashmir | Picture

This is a snowman! Pretty much..

Drugs and Kashmir | Special Report

Ibrahim Wani | Original Article Can Be Found Here

When his parents found out, it was already too late. At 15, Q had been a drug addict for three years already. It came as a pure shock to them. He had everything – education in a top private school, access to every facility, no monetary problem, and yet he had come to this. Both the parents are employed, the father, a gazetted officer and mother, a school teacher. They would not have known at all if Q had not taken 26 tablets of Spasmoproxyvon – an addictive pain killer. The next day he did not wake up in the morning.
Miraculously, he still had a pulse and his parents rushed him to the hospital. The parents came to know of the addiction only at the hospital. The doctors washed his stomach, and when he was stable again, recommended him to the drug de-addiction centre in PCR. When his treatment started, everyone was baffled by what he revealed. “We just could not believe what he was saying,” says a counsellor from an NGO who met him during treatment, “Everything which could have gone wrong had gone wrong and it remained hidden from everyone else. No one in his family knew anything.”
Q had started smoking at 13. “We were a group of 14 friends, of almost the same age except two, who were above 23,” he said. It was these two who had introduced drugs into the group. Smoking was just the beginning.
“First I only smoked,” he said, “then I was lured to other things.”Correctional fluids were the first things he tried. Fumes of Toluene, the diluting agent, commonly called the thinner, would continue being his addiction for a long time, since it was easily available. He would easily get the fluid from the stationer outside his school. He was not the only one in the school using the substance. At that time he was in 7th class. “The stationer would charge big amounts for the eraser fluid. I have even paid 300 rupees for the thinner bottle. Normally, the bottle sells for just 28 rupees along with the white fluid bottle,” says Q. Since it is easily available the use is widespread. Q further reveals that they used to apply the thinner on their neck ties, and kept smelling it during class. “No one knew what we were doing. You must have seen a number of school students at bus stops or outside schools doing the same. All this is done openly and no one has a hint about it,” he adds.
Then a time came when the fluid had no effect on Q. He shifted to codeine-based cough syrups also called corex – an addictive cough syrup. Experts say that codeine addiction is very high in Kashmir, with some estimating that more than 6000 codeine bottles are sold every day in the valley. What started from half a bottle at a time, kept on increasing. “At one time I took seven bottles one after other,” says Q, who was in 8th class by this time.
“But soon I went on to other things,” he adds. He also tried Iodex and boot polish, which too are easily available. “These substances are applied to bread, and then eaten,” he reveals. New people would join the group and then introduce new ideas and ways. “Once we applied Fevicol to polythene, and then burned it. We inhaled the smoke and smoked the urn along with cigarettes,” he says.
Q tried everything he could lay his hands on, and whatever was supplied and taught to him by the group. Soon he graduated to hardcore drugs like cannabis, brown sugar and heroin. “Supply was easy because everyone in our group was part of some other group. It was like a network,” he says. But the supply dried up for Q, because the family shifted to a new residence, where he could not get in contact with the group often. “A friend who lived nearby was my only persistent source then,” he says, “and he mostly had access to medicinal opiods.”
Medicinal opiods are drugs sold through pharmacists, which become addictive in high dosages, even though the function is primarily medical. At one time he even used the fortwin injection (pentazocine lactate) -an injection meant to relieve labour pain. Even though most of these drugs are prescription drugs, they are sold openly in the market and are sold to anyone who is ready to pay. “To pay for the drugs I sold my mobile phones, even stole money,” he says.
In school his grades dropped, and from a student who secured distinctions, he became below average. He just managed to pass. “During all this his parents hardly cared,” says the counsellor from the NGO, “they would be busy with their work, and hardly paid him any attention. He wanted some sort of attention from the parents and not just a private school education.” Once when his uncle had caught him smoking, his parents had come down heavily upon him, so much so that he had received a good thrashing and he had fled home for a day. But next day he had returned and promised not to smoke again. “Even at that time he befooled the parents. They should have tried to talk instead of beating him, and tried to understand and talk to him,” adds the counsellor.
Two months after the beating, Q was in hospital with drug overdose. Now he is undergoing treatment. The parents too have been counselled. “It is then often the behaviour which the addict faces in home which determines what would be his state, would he be okay, or go into a relapse.” The counsellor says that in many cases parents start blaming each other, and this often leads to discord in the family. “This in turn makes life much more difficult for the addict who is trying to become normal again,” he adds. According to Dr Wiqar, who has worked with the drug de-addiction centre in PCR as a medical officer, 60-70 percent of the cases who come to the centre are those who are in the age group of 15 to 25. “Most of them are school or college going students,” he says. Dr Muzaffar, clinical psychologist at the same facility says that a number of cases are from the elite schools in Srinagar. “Some of them are even admitted in the centre,” he says.
Tragic stories of addiction
The story of 22-year-old M is tragic. At 20, he had to leave college after his father died, and left his family no source of livelihood. He was left with no choice but to start earning as he had to care for an ailing mother and a younger brother. Luckily, he found a business partner. Both of them pooled together their savings and headed to Goa to start a business of Kashmiri handicrafts. The business clicked and he started making good money, most of which he sent back to his family. The money paid for the medical expenses of the mother and education of the brother. But for M, away from family, the work was very hectic.
Long working hours started taking its toll on him, and he started falling into depression. His partner took him to a dance club. Here M struck a friendship with a girl. M would come again and again to meet the girl in the club. They became intimate. As the girl would drink, he too started drinking. After trying different liquors, he graduated to drugs as the girl was an addict.
Initially the addiction did not affect him much, but soon it became impossible for him to control the urge. “I started taking alcohol and drugs even during my work hours,” says M. The business started getting affected. Soon he was not in a situation to even be at the shop, and they started turning up losses. The partnership broke, and M did not have any money left. He called home and asked for money saying that the business needed some investment.
His mother, who had no money to send, called a family friend who was also settled in Goa. The friend went to visit M, but found him in a different state. He gave him some money for the journey back to Kashmir, and made sure he would do it. On his return, the family was shocked. “I saw what my addiction did to them. I tried to leave drugs but I could not. It was too difficult,” he says. The withdrawal symptoms were too harsh to bear. He craved for drugs he took in Goa like brown sugar, but the cost was too high. “Instead I started taking medicinal opiods,” says M.
The mother decided to send the other brother to work, even though he had just passed his 12th class exam. He was sent to Delhi to earn. The family had no other option. But this would be more tragic. After he reached Delhi, he went missing. Ten days later they were informed that he had died under mysterious conditions. M went to collect his body. Every one blamed M for the death. He went from bad to worse, and started taking more and more drugs. His condition became very unstable and he had to be admitted to the hospital. From there he was referred to the PCR drug de-addiction centre. Now M is undergoing treatment and the family friend who had helped him to return to the valley, is helping him to stand on his feet again. But the relapse rate is more than 30 percent.
“Most of the patients who come to the centre are able to recover, but in some cases there is a relapse, when stress conditions recur or continue,” says Dr Wiqar. Dr Muzaffar agrees. He remembers three cases where patients relapsed and ultimately died. “The dead body of one of the three was found in an auto (rickshaw). He died of drug overdose. He was just in early twenties,” he says. The addict had run away from the centre without completing the treatment. “In one other case, a person became completely fit, married and even had children,” says the doctor. The patient was in early thirties. “But due to some problem in the family he could not control it, took an overdose and died,” he says. He had once been selected to train with the Indian Hockey team.
Among Girls Too
She was among the toppers in her class. B, a student of an elite missionary school for girls in Srinagar which often tops merit lists in secondary school examinations, started with a cigarette puff.“I was just trying it for fun,” says B who is a daughter to a top notch businessman from Kashmir. The family owns handicrafts showrooms in Srinagar as well as Delhi.
The first time she smoked, she was 14 years of age and a student of 8th standard. “Some of my friends took it secretly, and it became a curiosity for me. So I asked for a cigarette from them and then tried it,” she says. But cigarettes did not catch up much with her. What would follow would leave a lasting effect on her life. “I went to a school friend’s house for a night. We had to prepare some notes,” she says. It was midsummer and the temperature was high. “My friend offered me can of beer, and said that it would refresh me,” she says. Initially she was hesitant, but her friend started taunting her. “I was not able to control it when she said that I was a ‘kiddo’. I took it,” she says.
She liked the taste and the feel it gave her. Soon they started visiting each other’s houses regularly. The friend arranged beer from a contact at Boulevard and a shop in Rajbagh paying much higher than the market rate. But it remained limited to beer for some time. The next step for her came when she visited Delhi along with her parents during winter holidays. Her friend told her about the easy availability of beverages in the metro and suggested her to taste alcohol.
One day when her parents had to go on a party, B took a servant girl into confidence and gave her money to get drinks. She gave her a big reward when she brought bottle. When she took the drink the first time, she passed out and would not wake up for more than 10 hours. She had locked the room from inside. When her parents returned from the party, they thought that she was already asleep and did not disturb her till morning. Over the course of B’s stay in Delhi, the servant girl earned much more than what she would have earned in a year.
When she came back, she teamed up again with her friend. Beer was replaced by ‘more thrilling’ alcoholic drinks arranged by her freind’s ‘contact’. The drinks would reach them in cold drinks bottles. But at the time of exams, when she needed the drinks most, the supply dried up. The friend cited various difficulties in procuring. But B was adamant.
“I would pay anything,” said B but in vain. Instead the friend offered a powder, and said that this would relax her a bit. The powder was brown sugar. When she took the drug, she would remain unconscious for hours. As a result her studies suffered. Her parents thought that she was unwell, and felt that she needs medical attention. But she resisted. When the results of her exams came out she had just scored 60 percent marks, a far cry from the above 90 percent she secured normally. Her teachers were worried, and contacted the parents. But they thought that her marks were low because of her “illness”.
Now in her tenth class, she would try to study, but she found it hard. Her addiction kept growing. One night when the parents thought that she would be studying late, the mother brought her tea after dinner. But she found that she was a bit drowsy. She said that she would take the tea herself and the mother should go to sleep. The mother left. But out of concern the mother visited her again an hour later. What she found shocked her. “I found that she was sleeping on the study table itself, with her head on the book,” she says. The cup of tea was at the same place she had kept, and was still full. But mother saw some powdery substance which had fallen down. Alarmed she called the father. When he saw it, he knew what it was.
B did not gain consciousness till morning. She was taken to the doctor. The next week the family headed to Delhi and took her to a private drug de-addiction centre to avoid social stigmatization. There she remained for around a month. Back in Srinagar, B now was under constant supervision. She would be accompanied by the mother to and from school, and never let alone for two long. Her supply of money too dried up. Now she is in 12th standard, and her grades have improved again. “But she still has mood swings,” says the mother. They contacted the girl who had been B’s friend. After class tenth, B left for Delhi. B was not the only case.
Once a girl was caught peddling drugs in a girls hostel in an institute of higher education. To avoid bad name for the institute and after hectic pleading by the girl she was let off with a warning. What she revealed to one of her friends was more distressing. She had been introduced to drugs some years back. She was not rich like B but just a lower middle class girl. Even though she had not become an addict and had tasted the drug only a few times she found that peddling brought her good money.
The girl who had introduced drugs to her had hung with boys who had supplied her drugs. Many girls, she claimed who were in drug debt, would be exploited by the girl who was the main supplier. They often had to fulfil some other demand. Many times, boys with cars would be waiting outside the educational institute.
I have dealt with three cases, when girls had become drug addicts,” says Dr Sadaqat Rahman, Clinical Psychologist at Govt Psychiatric Diseases Hospital, Srinagar. All the three were addicts to medicinal opiods. And all belonged to very well to do backgrounds. “I take drugs because there is no taste in life,” a 19-year-old girl had said to Sadaqat. Dr Muzaffar Khan, clinical psychologist at the drug de-addiction centre in PCR says that they too receive telephone enquiries from girls, “but because of the stigma associated with the addiction many girls do not come forward,” he says. After a drug addiction awareness camp at a B.ed college in north Kashmir, in which he spoke, he got calls from girls seeking help.
“A girl called from the college and said she was an addict, and their group had around 10 girls. She had said that she wanted help. So we fixed a time to meet outside the addiction centre. But they never came. The stigma is too high,” he says. Among girls the highest addiction is of freely available sleeping pills.
Causes of the Addiction

Experts say that there are various reasons for the addiction, but the biggest is the high stress among the people. “This is a direct consequence of the conflict,” said an expert who did not wish to be named.
The problem as it is today emerged in the mid-nineties when conflict was at the peak. The biggest toll of the conflict was the psyche of the people. Most of the people here are not addicts for the thrill, but to relieve the stress,” he says. “Midnight knock syndrome and sleep disturbances are high among people here,” says Dr Wiqar. Midnight-knock syndrome causes insomnia and instability. It arose out of pre-dawn raids by security forces and knocks by militants for shelter in the night. Even though the stimulus has decreased now, the problem persists, boosted by the ongoing conditions. Many times it is the doctors who prescribe sleeping pills, but mostly people take them by themselves.
“Sleeping pill addiction is very dangerous,” says Dr Wiqar, and it often leads to other addictions. “Doctors are also responsible since they prescribe medicinal opiods, addictive pain killers etc freely,” he adds. A social worker cites one case wherein a patient became a drug addict after the doctor prescribed him a painkiller. “Whenever the patient would go to the doctor he would be asked to persist with the medicine,” says Zubair Rashid, who runs an NGO by the name of ‘Cause’ and has organised drug de-addiction awareness camps. “Since his pain persisted the patient increased the dose himself, and became an addict,” he says.
“The highest addiction in Kashmir is of medicinal opiods,” says Dr Muzaffar, “because of the free availability. Dr Wiqar adds that the ‘unregulated’ availability is among the highest in the world. “You can get any medicine in Kashmir as every by-lane has a medical shop,” he adds. Free availability of the medicinal opiods is considered a major reason for the increasing addiction. “We have heard of cases where even grocery stores have started selling the drugs,” adds Dr Muzaffar. Zubair adds that the same are freely available outside all educational institutes. In conflict areas throughout the world like Sri Lanka and the northeast India, the addiction to medicinal opiods has become a major problem.
A report published in Tehelka magzine, revealed that due to high opiod addiction, around 20 drug abusers see their limbs surgically removed in Manipur every year. “Opiods addicts run high risk of gangrene and necrosis,” says Dr Wiqar, but fortunately it has not been the case in Kashmir up till now, “but we are sitting on a time bomb here.”
But in addition to conflict and free availability of addictive drugs there are other reasons too. “The rise of nuclear families where in youngsters feel lonely is a cause. They have no one to talk to since both the parents are working,” she says, “this was not the case with joint families where there was adequate social support.” “Then there is also the huge load of expectations. Earlier people had 3-4 children, now it is just one or two. Parents now have too many expectations from their children. They have to be very good in academics, go to school as well as tuitions and get admission in a professional college,” she says. This takes a toll, and adds frustration to the already stressed out minds.
“In some cases it is the exposure to media also. They see a different world on TV, and feel that they should be doing it too. It becomes a fashion and a trend to some,” she adds. Dr Muzaffar adds that peer group pressure, problems in the family and stress in interpersonal relations is also a cause. “In some cases people even take drugs due to ignorance. Just to try it out without knowing the consequences,” he says. Even though the business of drugs is not organised in Kashmir to a great extent like in other parts of the country, people have started realising that it is a business.
“In some degree colleges we came across instances when employees were peddling and promoting drugs,” he says. The drug de-addiction centre, the only scientifically operating de-addiction centre in the valley, opened in March 2008. “Since then we have treated around 4500 patients, out of which 630 have been admitted at various times,” says Dr Muzafer. “But the addicts who reach here only form the tip of the ice berg,” he adds.
Unfortunately, most of the patients reach the hospital at the ‘damage done stage’, when they have already been addicts for a long time. “Most of the patients would be brought to the centre by legal authorities, referred by hospitals, by desperate family members, or occasionally by a social worker,” says Dr Wiqar. But for those who reach the de-addiction centre there are thousands who do not. Estimates by various NGOs put the number of drug addicts in Kashmir anywhere between 70,000 to 200,000 people, but some feel that the number may be much higher. Most of these fall in the age group of 15-35. More than one fourth of the addicts are believed to be females.
The social stigma associated with drug addiction keeps addicts from seeking help for fear of identification. More and more people becoming drug addicts, free availability, and lack of social consciousness is aggravating the problem “In two to three years time, we will be facing a disaster,” says Dr Wiqar. “What is more distressing is the spread of addiction related diseases. More than half of the people who inject drugs using syringes have some sort of disease like HIV, HBV or HCV (hepatitis B or C virus). HIV and HBV are deadly,” he says. “We have only had one HIV patient at the centre up till now,” says Dr Muzaffar, “but what is of deep concern is that the group with whom he shared syringes is still unidentified. The number of infected would have multiplied manifold and would still be increasing.”
None of the schools, colleges or universities in Kashmir has a counsellor, who could deal with psychological problems. Hardly, any educational institution has taken any steps to check sale of drugs in or outside their campuses. “People do not even accept the problem,” says Zubair, from NGO Cause. One of the schools took some steps to clean out drug peddlers, but could only manage to clear the immediate surroundings.
“We can only regulate what happens inside the school and in the immediate vicinity,” says the principal of a leading school, “parents have a role to play. They should keep track of the friend circles their wards have.” Many blame the authorities. “Police and other authorities are not doing their job. It is not an issue for them,” says a school teacher who did not wish to be named. However, Satish Gupta, Controller Drug and Food Organisation, Kashmir says that action is taken whenever there is a complaint or drug inspectors catches any chemist engaging in this practise.
Police, however, say that stopping the menace of drug addiction is a priority with them as it concerns the future of the nation. “We have booked a number of people. Even PSA and NDPS have been slapped on some,” said Deputy Inspector General of Police, Abdul Ghani Mir. “We conducted a meeting with around 400 chemists and druggists, where we made them understand that we must stop this menace.”
Police claimed to have seized thousands of bottles of codeine-based cough syrups, sedative tablets and addictive pain killers. The immediate need of the hour is awareness about drug addiction,” says Dr Muzaffer. “This is a must to prevent people from falling prey (to addiction),” he adds. This can be achieved by community awareness programs in schools, colleges, universities, and through media. An awareness camp held at Batamaalo for drivers and conductors around two months ago, identified 52 addicts out of the 300 who participated.
What Can be Done?
A helpline number 01942450451 has also been set up which primarily deals with stress but is open to drug related issues too. “Many girls have contacted us on the number,” adds the doctor. “There is an immediate need to set up more de-addiction centres,” says Dr Wiqar who has seen a number of Kashmiris in de-addiction centres outside the state. “But centres are not being set up here,” he adds.
In District Hospital Baramulla a building was designated as a de-addiction centre and a doctor assigned to it, but the doctor was re-assigned and the building now serves as a store. “If we do not act now the future will be very bleak,” he says. Drug addiction is not a loss of character. It is a disease,” say the experts. “And people need to realise that it needs medical attention, like other diseases,” says Dr Wiqar
“I have seen cases wherein parents have tried to starve and isolate their wards when they come to know of it. But it only makes the situation worse,” he adds. “Whosoever takes a drug commits a mistake. But then it is compulsion which makes him to do it again,” says Dr Muzafer. “The addict needs treatment and not banishment and isolation.”

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The tasty Nader Yakhin | Lotus Stem

If you are feeling hungry, bookmark this site and have a look around :)

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Waiting Eagerly for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Captain Jack Sparrow is still there, but Keira Knightley is not... How good can this movie be now without that irritating accent of hers.. I am surely going to watch it :)

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Jesus in Kashmir | Thats just a myth

The reason:
Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani declared that Jesus had in fact survived the crucifixion and later died a natural death, after having migrated towards Kashmir. 
He had also declared that he was a Prophet, and that he was Imam Mehdi, that Krishna was not God but a prophet of God, he claimed that he had been given the qualities of all previous prophet, claimed Allah addressed him as Muhammad.. 
A liar always lies!!! He claimed all this information and more was given to him by God. Clearly, falsehood.
So hence proved, no Jesus in Kashmir, and arguably no Moses in Kashmir as well.. 
May Allah guide us Kashmiris to the truth.. and Allah knows the best

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Saturday, April 23, 2011

The Gossip Mongers

I used to be a neutral guy, never used to take any sides, except where I saw injustice was being done.

Now I have changed, thanks to handful of people who just regard me to be an object to get information, for the use in their construction of gossip. They think I dont know what they have termed me as, what nicknames they have given me. Then they act as innocent as a baby in front of me. They gossip to others about me, and those (stupid) others gossip to someone else about me, the chain continues, and finally it comes back to me..

Who gossips with you will gossip of you

One thing I have observed, that a gossip monger, after years of gossipping about others and thinking himself/herself to be perfect, is often faced with a situation that makes him/her a talk of the town. Usually the (in)fame is caused by a near/dear one, or the person himself. I have too many examples to be mentioned. What goes around comes around. I dont even have to mention all the Hadith related to gossip, the sin is grave enough

An advice, however well your condition is, however well off you are, you have absolutely no right to gossip about anyone else. REMEMBER IT CAN HAPPEN TO YOU!!! Take the example of people around you..

Thursday, April 21, 2011

The nightmares that Kashmiri roads are

If the state of our roads were an indication, we are soon to have one more summer of protest against the mis-governance

Saima Farhad

When the previous summer’s unrest broke out, many people tended to cite unemployment and misgovernance as important issues and factors responsible. Their argument was that a sort of anger and rage has developed amongst the common people, because of their frustration with the slow pace of development, which has made them to come out on the streets to protest.

Lets for a minute believe them. If that would have been the case then the government should have taken its cue, used the money flow from the ‘packages’ that came to prevent the unrest, and gone in for speedy development on all fronts. But is that the case.

If the state of our roads, which all of us ply on everyday, were an indication, then we are soon to have one more summer of protest against ‘the misgovernance’. And this time around no one would need to search for stones. The streets have no dearth of them.

Every single day, due to the dismal state of our roads, every single person here, loses time as well as money.  Be it a student, employee, a businessman, a hospital going patient, a doctor, a job seeker who has to go to an interview, everyone is losing time. Those who travel by bus get their journeys delayed because of the numerous potholes, and unplanned excavations where-in every government department is in a race to make a drain or lay a telephone cable or a water pipeline as soon as a road is repaired or completed. The roller coaster ride through the numerous bumps and the potholes sets the mood for the day for the commuter in the bus. And if he is in the overload, as most of us are, it sets a day for back ache too.  

A car owner’s nightmare is more fuel consumption, more loss of money and more damage to the car. The car mechanics in Srinagar are the happiest lot, because thanks to the government, they are making a quick buck.
The condition, our roads are in is worsened whenever there is even a drizzle, forget about moderate or heavy rain, or snow. The absence of a proper rain water drainage system, only adds to the situation, since the water stagnates on the road, leading to more damage to the roads.

The potholes become cesspools and the roads rivulets during rains. The potholes continue to store water long afterwards. Thus the government ensures that those who have to walk the road face the utmost difficulty. There is probably no one in Srinagar whose day has not been affected by the splash of muddy water from the pothole or the road, when a vehicle passed by.

The unrepaired roads are even unwalkable in the dry season because of the dust. You have to keep a handkerchief to your nose to walk even a small distance. But the handkerchief does not solve the problem completely. The occasional spec of duct finds its way into the eye, leading to a sordid time. It is not late for doctors to have a study on the prevalence of lung diseases and eye infections in Kashmir, due to the ever increasing dust on the roads.

At many places the roads have caved in. And this does not apply to mountainous terrain where there are natural reasons at work. These cave-ins instead of being repaired have been left as such, waiting for unknowing victims.

It is no surprise that the condition of roads has greatly increased the risk of accidents. The two wheelers face a particularly difficult plight where they not only have to protect themselves from the dust and mud, but also curve around potholes. Lives put intentionally at risk.

 Whenever a road is repaired elsewhere out of the state it is expected to have a particular time span. Let’s say, a year at minimum. But the repaired rod here reverts back to the state from which it was repaired in just two months at maximum. The contractors, fleeced by the government officials, assure that the worst quality product is put into road building and road repair. The money spent finds its way into the coffers of engineers, politicians, and contractors, and the common man suffers. Only if 40-50 percent of the approved money for each project would have been spent on actual work, things would have been much different. It is not as if people are demanding for American or European standards. Even standards employed elsewhere in the country would do. But in the face of an almost non-existent quality control mechanism, this can never happen.
Even if luckily a road gets repaired, soon some government department or agency finds it appropriate to start work on a new drainage project, and the road digging starts again. This happens so often, that there can be no co-incidence to it. There is no co-ordination among the various govt departments is an accepted fact, but there seems a deliberate attempt to start digging work as soon as a road is repaired. During the digging process, no care is taken of traffic diversions. Even if there is another road from inside the colony or the mohalla which commuters put to use, as an automatic diversion, somehow at the same time out of all the other places, digging starts there to undertake a long overdue public works project.  A comedy of errors, some would say. But it is too planned to seem random.       

And this digging and then reconstruction is a long long wait. The biggest problem with road projects, be it repair or construction, here is that they take ages and generations to complete. What should have been completed in a week, takes months, what should have been completed in a year takes decades. A mohalla road takes around the same time taken to complete a new metro lane in New Delhi.  

More so, even to the common eye the techniques put into use to construct and repair roads, seem right out the stone ages. There has lots of smoke, lots of dust, lots and lots of labour, and so on.

All this seems to be a deliberate and planned effort at failure. A calculated effort to steal public money and let it flow into coffers of those who know how to extravagantly overspend.

But since everything is supposed to be complicated in Kashmir, it may not be so simple. Maybe this is even a form of long and protracted community punishment being put into effect, to frustrate and slow down-greats achievements for those who have these goals in sight.

So, if we go by the state of our roads, then we are on the road to another summer of protest. Till then let the mechanics, the engineers, the politicians, the ministers-the odd and the even make merry. As someone pointed out, they make merry even then. It is always the commoners who suffer.

Author is Assistant professor, Department of Sociology and Social work University of Kashmir and can be mailed at

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Have You Ever

Have you ever been walking down the street and realized that you're going in the complete opposite direction of where you are supposed to be going?


Instead of just turning a 180 and walking back in the direction from which you came, you have to first do something like check your watch or phone or pretend you forgot something or just mutter to yourself to ensure that no one around thinks you are crazy by randomly switching directions on the sidewalk.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Areeb and his airport tragedy

A couple of weeks back I had published this post about my friend Areeb, highlighting all his misfortunes. His life is so interesting and random.

He did it again today.

He missed his flight in the morning.

Somehow the traffic didn't let him through, and he was stuck in a traffic jam for 2 hours. He was last seen in a picture with Ronals McDonalds wearing a black jacket. The picture is just worth sharing, emotions- priceless

What do you think of this picture?

No seriously, there is something really wrong with the guy part of the picture. I mean why would do anything like that. Plus I dont like the money either... And I think the girl is wearing two watches, one on each hand. Looks like her time is over.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Private practice: Bane or boon?

Should a doctor employed by the government in a hospital to tend to the ill for a stipulated amount of time be allowed to practise at a clinic or not
Saima Farhad

A witch-hunt of sorts has been started against the doctors in Kashmir. The reason stated: private practice, wherein it is stated that doctors are too busy filling their own coffers and not tending to the ill in the hospitals. But does the argument stand.
First let us come to the basic question: should a doctor who is employed by the government in a hospital to tend to the ill for a stipulated amount of time, say 8 hours every day, be allowed to practise at a clinic or home, or not.

The people who say that he should not put his skill to use in tending to those in need beyond the stipulated 8 hours for which he is being paid should understand that by not allowing the doctor to practise they are depriving the society of quality healthcare. He is an asset to the society who can give more. And he has every right to charge for this service. Why should he see people, who can afford to pay, free of cost? It is not as if he is forcing anyone to come to the clinic. People who do not go to the hospital, and instead prefer to come to the clinic have their reasons and freedom to choose so.
And it is not at all the case that a doctor will be able to give full attention to a patient in a hospital OPD when 300 more patients are waiting outside. If a patient wants more attention than what is being given to him in a hospital then if he has no problem in a paying a fee, what is the problem of the government. The same OPD time of the doctor can be availed by a poorer patient. But if we are insisting that a doctor not see patients beyond the hospital hours we are, actually, putting more burden on the overburdened hospitals, and compounding the problems of poorer patients.
This leads us to another question: why do people not want to come to the hospital? This, in itself, is self explanatory. Why stand in long queues and fight over the turn, when you can afford to go to a private clinic. Many of those who visit private clinics do not have the time to come to the hospital as OPDs as a rule function in their work hours. Going to the clinic in the early morning or the late afternoon solves their problem. Why should a person lose a work day to visit a hospital?

Then there is one more thing which must be taken into account: the doctors have an option to earn more if they prefer to work outside of the state or the country, as has been the case in many instances. If they chose to do this, then this will accelerate the brain drain form our society and create a vacuum which will affect the healthcare of the state.

All the arguments of those who oppose private practice cannot be rejected outrightly; if a doctor, who is on government rolls, prefers his private practice even during the time he should be in the hospital, then he should be punished with the most severe penalty, which may even include firing him outright from the Job, and even imprisonment. The time in which he has to be in the hospital, should not be compromised anyhow. For this, the government can come up with a stringent monitoring policy to see whether the doctor is coming to the hospital on time, and doing his work efficiently.

Also number of people raises this point which is related to the ‘Doctoral pride.’ A lot of doctors are not ready to listen to patients at all. They present an image that they know everything and patients know nothing. Then again there is the question of the sincerity a doctor puts into his work at the hospital. He can not afford to give second class treatment to the patients who visit him in the hospital intentionally.
Coming back to the question of private practice, one thing is for sure that there has to have regulations. The fees charged should not be enormous, and only certified doctors should be allowed the same.

Then there is the most important issue of supplementing the healthcare infrastructure. In this debate that issue has somehow lost.

Author is Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Social work, University of Kashmir and can be mailed at 

Monday, April 4, 2011

Google Wins Like Anything

I have Arabic Paper tomorrow and I have no mood to study, at all.. I needed a big distraction, something really cool to put me into study mood. Something which will tell me my whole day has been wasted and there are better things to do.

 So I opened my laptop, logged in, smiled at my Ubuntu desktop and opened Firefox. I went to and wanted to play with the automatic search suggestions from Google.

I looked up "why is there...".

I got "why is there a dead pakistani on my couch".

I smiled and went back to study.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Let me introduce you to Areeb

Hello Friends,

Today I take this opportunity to introduce my friend Areeb Hussain. He is studying Biotechnology Engineering in IIUM as well. Right now he is sitting with me, and we are both in the library of our university, level 4. We are here trying to study economics, the subject of operations research which we are forced to study as a requirement for our graduation.

Ok, back to Areeb! He is the spawn of satan :P He brings with himself a charm of bad-luck. If you want a third world war, then its better to unleash him. Lets have a look at his adventures:

1. He caused an earthquake in Indonesia when his flight flew over the unfortunate country.
2. He is the first person I know of, who put his passport in the washing machine.
3. He is also the first person I know of, who missed his flight, lost his phone, lost his keys, in the same trip back home.
4. He sat in a friend's car for the first time, and soon after the car broke down.
5. Someone wanted to take him to a new place to eat; the same day the place closed down due to health issued. Was shutdown by the ministry of health. Remained shut for 2 months.
6. According to him, when he was 8, his mere mention of wishing to stop the plane, actually caused it to be delayed by 8 hours.
7. He complained that he hadnt been out of his room for the whole day, the magical forces heard that and electricity was cut off at 7 pm, forcing him and others around him to come out of their rooms.
8. But, after his majesty having said so, decided to leave his room only if the electricity returns in half an hour. Volia, nature didnt want to trouble him; electricity came back at 7.30 sharp.
9. For those of you who have seen the movie "The Number 23" and know the power of that number, let me tell you, my friend here was born on the 23rd.
10. On his birthday in 2005, the hurricane Katrina formed over the Bahamas. It is one of the five deadliest hurricanes in the history of United States.
11. When he touched a friends guitar, for some reason his string broke the next day.

If I remember more, I will post it here.. Thats all for now...

Friday, March 25, 2011

Some final touches now

There, I have successfully managed to put a really fresh look now (So I think).. This look should probably stay for 6 more months until I get bored with this also and start changing stuff again.. New stuff this time is the fancy menu box on top, where I have classified links according to their categories, I put my own cool section called Admin to flatter my vanity, and to feel important.. The link to my Kashmiri Songs download page goes under the Category "Gallery", and so my Youtube channel and the general link to pictures that I post here. I need to do some more brushing up for the pictures part, as not all pictures that I have uploaded appear there..

Now, I can breathe normally again. The layout is always a stress factor for me, when I dont like it.. Now finals are coming up real quick. Have to start studying and cramming up. Wish me good luck, O my imaginary readers..

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Friday, March 18, 2011

My own motion detector and blog design

Thanks to a lot of help from a friend, we managed to make our own crude motion detector. Initially we wanted to do something else, a system which will open lights as soon as it becomes dark. But that was really boring, a few tweaks here and a few there, we now have a crude model for motion detection. Looking forward to work on it in April.

I am a bit bored with the current layout of the site, hoping to find some time and change it from head till toe...

It is hard work, yes! But it is always worth the fresh and radiant look in the site :)


Sunday, February 27, 2011

The new passouts

The 12th class results are out, and there are people going to other peoples house. Some to catch up with their relatives, as the passouts provide them with a golden opportunity to get together. The rest find it an excuse to "make it a day", "kunuy doh", they organise this event and call everyone to it.

I miss my time.. I wish goodluck to all the new passouts.. :)

PS: Hadnt blogged in long time, so wanted an excuse too :D