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



Up the Sindh river in a Doonga

It was dark when the doonga arrived at the Apple River
food, stoves, rugs, and blankets were loaded in
the beds were made in the dim lights of kerosene lamps
and soon we lay down to the sounds of the poles against the sides
that pushed the boat
past the shadows of other boats,
watercress and asparagus. 

While we listened to stories of the cousins
and some singing of the girls
father called out the stages that were crossed:
passing under the city's bridges we reached Shadipur
and then pushed against the current of Sindh. 

The boatmen were up before us next morning
. Ropes were anchored to the boat
and towed from the bank to make the climb easier
By evening we were at Ganderbal.
Rented tongas took us to the magic spring of Tulamula.
We set up camp under a chinar tree
and played under the lights to the singing of the worshipers.
We peered into the water to check its colour
to know the future
but layers of flowers prevented this
so we did puja, ate luchis and nadroo fries and rested. 

It was a pleasant night.
Voices around us and singing in the distance
made us feel secure. We were oblivious
of the trials that lay before us.



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