Shades Of Chinars

 As I sit in the shades of dusk by the shades of Chinars of Naseembag Campus. I hear the enchanting of Iftaar, Iftaar Iftaar from the loudspeakers of the Mosques as it is the very first day of Ramazan and 2nd day of September.

The shades of autumn have set in slowly in the valley of Kashmir with lush green fields beginning to turn golden. There are no special dishes in the house as market is short of supplies and curfew  in the city was lifted after nine days since 23 to 31st of August 2008. Coordination committee on behalf of pro-freedom leadership has called off strike for three days till 4th of September (Thursday) respecting Ramzan-ul-Mubarak giving breathing space to people to buy necessary commodities.

   I was watching the drum beating of  Jammuites making merry as government decided to transfer land to Amarnath shrine Board on 31st of August 2008. I was thinking of my cousin Mukhtar Ahmad Beigh who was disappeared eight years ago in the same month of September along with another boy from Dalgate area Ritta Bhawan by the troops Regular Indian Army.

 I was thinking of Phula Baji’s brother who was disappeared 11 years ago from Dalgate. I was thinking of Javed Ahmad Ahangar who was disappeared 18 years ago and whose mother now heads Association of Parents of Disappeared People. (APDP