Table of Contents
PART I: Snow in Srinagar 
  Reaching Srinagar
  The city of fame
  Rainy afternoon in ...
  Up the Sindh river in a doonga
  Snow in Srinagar
  Chilai Kalan
  Crossing the Vitasta
  Journey into the Himalayas
  Ishbar evenings
  Pony ride in the Liddar valley
  Views of Haramukh
  My father in Hawaii
PART II: Ten Thousand Years of Solitude 
  The Fire in the Waters
  Records of our lives
  Ask Krishna
  The Conductor of the dead
  A Wounded bird
  The riddle of Isha
  Patanjali's song
  The hidden path up the hill
  Inner Sarasvati
  Naming things
  On high desert
  A small beginning
  Seeking answers
  Nachiketa's dual
  Quantum implications
  Chance and necessity
  A Boy and his dog
  Book in pdf format

Koshur Music

An Introduction to Spoken Kashmiri



The City of Fame

It was called Sharika's town until the king Pravarasena
moved the capital here from old Srinagar.
An embankment separated the town from the Dal.
This Sathu had orchards of apple trees:
the water flowing to the Vitasta from the Dal
is the Apple River. 

The goddess became Sharika in her shape as sparrow
she brought her mountain near the town:
from the Hari Parvat one can see
Haramukh, Mahadeva, and Tatakuti
Nanga Parvat in the north
many vistas of gardens and water.
Near the base is the rock of Ganesh
and old temples that are in incarnations
of a new faith. 

On the other side is Gopadri
the hill with Shiva temple atop.
Here we see the river snaking on a side
floating gardens
countless waterways
islands in the lake
the city of fame
of seven bridges
now seized by madness.



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