Kashmir On My Mind

Kashmir: Picture of Pradeepika and Dan.

Talking Kashmir over a wonderful dinner.

A few months ago, Katie and I met Pradeepika Saraswat while traveling in Hampi, southern India. We hit it off and she later invited us to visit her in Delhi, where we recorded this podcast. Pradeepika is a journalist who has spent much time living in Kashmir, a region over which India and Pakistan have fought multiple wars. I also visited Kashmir a few years back and became very interested in the region, so naturally, this was the main focus of our discussion.

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Show Notes:

  • Pradeepika referenced Article 377, but she meant to reference Article 370.
  • Though Pradeepika currently writes for a Hindi publication, you can still find her older English-language stories on The Quint.
  • The dowry is a transfer of wealth from the bride's family to the groom's. It has a long history in India, as well as many other countries, and it was a topic of much fascination for us during our time in South Asia.
  • Violence broke out two years ago in Kashmir, after the death of activist Burhan Wani. Like most stories from this part of the world, it's hard to find unbiased information about Mr. Wani and his violent demise.
  • Cashmere wool comes from the cashmere goat, native to the Kashmir region of modern-day Pakistan and India. Here are a bunch more interesting facts about cashmere wool.
  • Pradeepika mentioned the book Dragon On Our Doorstep by Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab.
  • Pradeepika also mentioned the book Curfewed Night by Basharat Peer.
  • A few months after my first trip to India, the government suddenly (and without warning) decided to demonetize all 500- and 1000- rupee notes, causing widespread panic and shortages of cash throughout the country. Except, that is, for Kashmir.
  • China is currently trying to curb the building of strange buildings.

And here are a few of my photos from Kashmir:

Picture of Kashmir fruit vendors.

Fruit vendors in Srinagar.

Picture of Muslim men shopping.

Muslim men going shopping.

Picture of auto rickshaw.

Auto rickshaws are everywhere in India, including Srinagar.

Picture of man hanging out of a bus in Kashmir.

It's fun to hang out of moving buses.

Picture of road tar in India.

Tarring the road.

Picture of an old building in Srinagar.

An old building.

Picture of woodworker in Kashmir.

The woodworker.

Picture of Dal Lake.

Dal Lake in Srinagar.

You can find more of my photos from India here.

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