Life On The Edge

Recently I read somewhere ” Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about, so be KIND, It kept on reverberating inside me for a long. It reminded me of something  back in my childhood, When I was a kid, I used to think how  people make their ends meet, how they earn and how they meet the expenses. From a sweeper to a labour, everyone’s life seemed to be a mystery for me, I could never imagine the hardships they go through everyday. Every human being is equal but not same, everyone has been choosen to live a different life.  I found an answer to the question in my childhood somewhere hidden in the lives of these people, their lives are no less than a struggle, a struggle which they fight every  day with themselves and with the world to survive, a struggle which keeps their spirit alive. They are stronger than you and me, they lack the comforts yet they don’t complain.

I have assembled a collection of pictures and tried to portray their  pain, agony and their never ending hope.

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Shades Of Autumn In Kashmir

Autumn Sunrise
Autumn Sunrise
Mughal Garden,Nishat
Mughal Garden,Nishat
Walking into the Symphony.
Walking into the Symphony.
Mughal Garden,Shalimar
Mughal Garden,Shalimar

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Dalgate
Autumn Reflections
Autumn Reflections
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Saffron, The only Blossom during the Autumn Season
Farming
Farming
Neel Nag
Neel Nag
Portrait of two Village boys
Portrait of two Village boys
A typical flour mill, which runs on the energy of the water flowing through it.
A typical flour mill, which runs on the energy of the water flowing through it.

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Playing Cricket inside a Military Camp.
Children Playing Cricket inside a Military Camp.
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Gathering Leaves for fuel.
Making Charcoal.
Making Charcoal.
Along the Chinar Bagh Bund.
A walk along the Chinar Bagh Bund.
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Warming in the morning chill
Autumn Impressions
Autumn Impressions
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Walking through the Autumn Corridor

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Chinar colours
Chinar colours

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Security Guards
Security Guards
City Life
City Life

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Collecting dry leaves to be used as fuel.
Collecting dry leaves to be used as fuel.
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Chinar (Maple) tree
The Caretaker
The Caretaker
Shepherd
Shepherd

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Carrying fiewood
Carrying fiewood
Reflections
Reflections

Autumn! The season which takes one to the world of wondrous shades of the life coexisting at one place and the strengthening the grounds of living with the warmth of fire though the harsh winter when it itself is busy faking the life. It is the season of maturity of the love that settles down on the cracks of the soil to fulfill its voids and in turn promises it for the spring. The walk through these autumn woven streets, each step there, bewitches the soul, ravishes memories of the era spend in the golden womb of the nature and the time take us back to the tranquility of the moments that speaks the gravity of the relations. Moreover, when we talk of the autumn in Kashmir it reminds one about the simple living and the benevolence of the nature which keeps on knitting the threads of beautification over the harshness of the time. Thus, beauty rules the hearts and optimism keeps life going.

Text : Amreen Naqash

Photos : Sajad Rafeeq

Saffron Harvest 2013

Morning Buds
Morning Buds

 

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Saffron collection during the sunset. Saffron collection during the sunset.

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An Old Farmer Taking Stock his fields
An Old Farmer Taking Stock his fields
Fruit Vendor, people buy some fruits and biscuits  and in return give some saffron, in the fields at the time of harvest.
Fruit Vendor, people buy some fruits and biscuits and in return give some saffron, in the fields at the time of harvest.
Caretaker of the Saffron fields.
Caretaker of the Saffron fields.

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Plucking the Saffron Flowers
Plucking the Saffron Flowers

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People collect the saffron flowers in small baskets and then keep  on a large sheet of cloth.
People collect the saffron flowers in small baskets and then keep on a large sheet of cloth.

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Autumn and Saffron
Autumn and Saffron

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A typical Basket for collection of Saffron.
A typical Basket for collection of Saffron.
Collecting Saffron, People collect the saffron flowers in small baskets and then keep  on a large sheet of cloth.
Collecting Saffron, People collect the saffron flowers in small baskets and then keep on a large sheet of cloth.
Separation of Saffron stigma
Separation of Saffron stigma
Separation of Saffron stigma
Separation of Saffron stigma
Dried up Saffron.
Dried up Saffron.

When we talk of saffron, mentioning Kashmiri saffron can’t be skipped which in local language is known as Kong. Saffron in Kashmir is grown at Pampore which is approximately 13 km away from the Srinagar city and is known throughout the world for its finest quality. Saffron fields when in full bloom appear no less than a velvety carpet spread out in the fields and the nature keeps on adding to its aesthetic appeal. This blossom is the result of the patience and the mark of the autumnal end. While the rest of the trees, and flowers shed their leaves, dry off and mark the autumn as an end of the life, saffron flower is in its full bloom keeping the hope of the people alive. People of all age groups are seen by one or other way playing the role from the day of cultivation to the harvest. This keeps on interesting the eyes and adds a reason of maturity of the life.

Text : (Amreen Naqash)

Photographs : (Sajad Rafeeq)