Category Archives: People

Lalitaditya and Avantiwarman: Great Kings of Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir has the distinction of being a unique place in the world. It has everything to look out for in a civilized nation. It has the characteristic of being the cradle of a unique brotherhood. Moreover, it has produced some great Kings that were intellectuals, engineers, human beings, etc. Here, we will talk […]

Meet This Kashmiri Lady Who is Trying to Break Taboos Around Menstruation

Tell us about yourself? My name is Nazish Mir. I was born in Kashmir and currently live in Delhi. I studied in Delhi Public School till class 10th. I then went on to complete my education at G.D Goenka World school which opened me up to education abroad. I went to the Universidad Europea for […]

Sultan Yousuf Shah Chak: The Last Native King of Kashmir

The Shahmiri Dynasty was the first Muslim dynasty in Kashmir. Habib Shah was the last ruler of Shahmiri Dynasty. Being incompetent, he was deposed by his military commander, Gazi Chak. He laid the foundation of the Chak Dynasty. The Chak rule began in 1561 and lasted till 1587, when the Mughal emperor, Jalal-Ud-Din Akbar conquered […]

Meet Yawar Abdal, The Guy Behind Everyone’s Fav Song Tamanna

Article by Taha Firdous Long vacations to motherland, reconnection with the air that holds legends of poets, fingers running through beats of music, Yawar Abdal, popularly known as the Tamanna boy lays back barefoot on the lush green grass of his lawn at home in Srinagar and thinks of Kashmir – the paradise on earth, […]

Known as Hatim Tai of Kashmir, This Man Was Once The Richest Kashmiri

The Sopore town of North Kashmir is known by the epithet ‘Chota London’ since ages now. It’s said to represent the three R’s : 1. Rub (Mud/Silt/Soil) 2. Raeda (Horse Carts) 3. Ropai (Money) Rub represents the rawness and simplicity of the place. Horse carts, locally called ‘Raeda’ were once upon a time a decent […]

The New Collection By This Kashmiri Designer is Just Stunning

My name is Sana Sheikh. I was born and brought up in Kashmir. After finishing my higher secondary, I went to Delhi for my graduation in fashion design and later on went to Milan for an advanced course in fashion image and styling from the prestigious Istituto Marangoni. This is something I wanted to do […]

How Kashmir’s Naseem Bagh Inspired These Two Designers for Their Autumn Winter Collection

Last autumn when Paras and Sonam visited Kashmir, on last day after visiting all tourist places some locals recommended them to visit Naseem Bagh area. As they reached Naseem Bagh they felt like they were transported to some other world, world made of hues of yellow and orange all over. They then and their decided […]

From Domestic Help to Being a Plumber in Kashmir, Now He Has a Team of 15 & Also Runs a YouTube Channel

Interview by Siyam Farhat Tell us about yourself My nsme is JAFFAR RATHER. I come from a usual poor family in Kishtawar. We are 5 brothers and 2 sisters. Our dad was the only earning hand we had. He worked as a mason in the nearby areas. I am the eldest among my siblings. I […]

This Girl’s Tweets About Kashmir’s Power Department Will Make You Laugh and Cry at The Same Time

Kashmir has a love-hate relationship (or just hate) with power/bijli/light – whatever you call it. As soon as winter sets in, power starts playing hide and seek with people. It seems Darbar Move is meant for electricity, the Secretariat just follows, perfectly summed up by the twitter user, Mehreen Alam. https://twitter.com/MehreenAlam_/status/925034198607335424 But the real champion today […]

Meet Tehmeena Rizvi – An Ambassador for the Well-Known #MeToo Campaign from Kashmir

Interview by Mehvish M Tell us about yourself?  I’m Tehmeena Rizvi. I’m 22 years old. I’ve done Bachelors in Business Administration and right now preparing for civil service examinations. My father is a businessman and my brother is also dealing with the same business with him. How did you become part of the MeToo campaign? […]

Meet These Kashmiris Who Have Designed Head Motion Wheel Chair For Quadriplegic Patients

Interview by Sidra Nazir from Gyawun Tell us about yourself and your team? I am Anzar Draboo from Rawal Pora, Srinagar. I have done my schooling from Burn Hall Higher Secondary School. Since my childhood, I was always fascinated by the machines and technology. I did my Engineering from SSM College Of Engineering & Technology. […]

Meet This Kashmiri Scientist Who is Making Kashmir Proud Worldwide

“Never cease to question” is a prime rule that scientific acuity fosters upon. Here Gyawun in association with Insha Rasool representing JKScientists.org, brings an in-depth series of interviews with the scientists from the valley, who are doing cutting-edge research in different parts of the world. Early inquisitiveness metamorphosed a Kashmiri girl into an expert in molecular […]

Karan Kaul, An Emerging Kashmiri Cricket Star of Kenya

Article by Ufaq Fatima (Srinagar) Cricket for him was not just a mere hobby but his passion. After giving wings to his dreams, now his company Starfield Sports Limited gives an opportunity to the underprivileged to show case their talent. Karan Kaul, 27, a Kashmiri Pandit living in Kenya, was selected in the National Cricket […]

8 Things That Make Kashmiri Mothers Special

Article by Ain Wani, Cover Photo by Isam Wani Courage Mothers of Kashmir have seen and endured a big deal of bloodshed around them. There are thousands of women who’ve lost their children to the struggle of freedom and they’re living with it with immense strength and courage. To live with the pain of having […]

This 17 Year Old Kashmiri Girl Wants To Clear Misconceptions People Have About Hijab

Tell us about yourself? My name is Hoorunisa. I am 17 and I live in the summer capital Srinagar. Though I was born and raised in another small town known as “Sopore” in Kashmir where I lived for 11 years, I later shifted to Srinagar. Tell us about your artistic side? My mother is my […]

Style Inspiration : Pheran-Omenal Koshur Chic

Aricle by Sumaya Teli ‘Sumaya Teli is a British Kashmiri now living in the USA with her husband and three children. She is founder and writer at mamanushka.com ~ a popular lifestyle blog rooted in experiences of being a western global Muslim, Woman and Mother. Couple of weeks ago when we had the chance to attend […]

This Kashmiri Guy Released an Album in TELUGU & It’s Just Awesome

 Meet Faisal Gul  from Srinagar who is working in ONGC as an Executive Engineer in south India. He says  he is a big time music lover and a part time singer, recently one his  albums got released on YouTube. His song has grossed more than 58K views in two weeks.  The best part is that the […]

Meet This Kashmiri Chef Who Cooks at 30000 ft Above Sea Level

Gyawun interviews Chef Anayat Rahman – Inflight Chef with Etihad Airways . Being among only few inflight chefs in the world, he gets to work with VVIPS and has traveled to almost every major city of the world. His life comes about as an inspiration for others that with little more dedication everything can be […]

8 Myths About Kashmiris, Everyone Should Clear in Their Mind

Myth 1: Kashmiris live on Indian Tax Payers money and enjoy subsidies The people of J&K pay tax more than 11 Indian states, they pay more than states likes Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Assam and even Goa and  almost equal to Bihar. Source here And on that only 1% of Indian population pays income tax, so before […]

Meet Dr. Samina Raja: Recipient of Western New York’s 40 Under Forty Award & Dale Scholar Prize

Gyawun talks to Dr. Samina Raja, who is a professor at the University at Buffalo. Raja is a recipient of Western New York’s 40 Under Forty Award given for professional success and commitment to the community, and the 2014 Dale Scholar Prize for excellence in urban and regional planning scholarship. Her research has been published […]