Friday, February 19, 2010

Festival Far from Family

Happy Shivaratri to all friends and family. The Kashmiri Pandit Diaspora continues to observe Herath with pomp and piety, Vatukh was set up and worshipped in many a families.
Memories of how it was done back home, in Kashmir still linger with all of us. The new generation is going to learn not only about the significance of the fesitival but the reverence and love of a Pandit for Shiva and Parvati. With strength from Shiva, Kashmiri Pandits bear the brunt of the wrath of a lost people, the muslims of Pakistan and Kashmir, a people who are confused with their identity of faith and nationality.
Hertath will always bring benediction on the ardent worshippers of Shiva.
Om Namah Shiva!!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Kashmiri Pandit,

Summers in India's heaven: Kashmir

How the summers remind me of trips to the valley of Kashmir.
Walks in dense poplar forests, rivulets humming in the background, mighty mountains watching over us all the time. Oh the smells of the apple orchards , the apricot groves, the blossoming flowers.
The summer weddings, the pilgrimages, the sleepovers. Summer was time to be in the peaceful valley of Kashmir.
But each summer now, only memories remain, I can ski in Keystone, Colorado, or see the Cherry blossoms in DC, or go boating in the finger lakes, but everything and everybody enveloping you in one empowering embrace of belonging is still amiss.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

A Paradise in Peril

Career paths

The president said to get more education as your name gets added to the unemployed list,
But what about those who have at least two graduate degrees already? What about those with doctorates?

As students graduate from colleges around the country, where are the jobs for them? What incentive do they have to get higher education?

Money is being funneled to already funded be it banks or universities. The have's have it all and the have not's have only hope.

We still await the change

Monday, May 4, 2009

Graduating Class

It is a wonderful feeling to see young students enter college and metamorphose into energetic ambitious young adults. Like a mother watching her chicks take flight from the nest, A proud college teacher looks at the graduates walk away with honors and diploma with their confident strides into the path they chose.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

India and its crown:Kashmir

Kashmir Links
# Kashmir News Network
# KashmiriPandit.Org
# Panun Kashmir
# Koshur Language
# Connect with Kashmiri Pandits
# Radio Kashmir on the Web
# Kashmiri Pandit Portal
# Kashmir News Portal
# Indo-American Kashmir Forum