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The Diamond Jug

The Diamond Jug Part 1 Imagine that there is a jug made of diamonds And full of life-giving fluids sitting on a table. Now, imagine that someone comes along And says: This jug and everything in it is mine. The owners of the jug reject this…

Hargin: A Mythical Creature of Gilgit

Hargin: A Mythical Creature of Gilgit In the imaginary creatures in popular folktales of Gilgit, Hargin is quite famous. Hargin is basically a giant snake, python, or anaconda like creature. In the mythical sense it resembles to the dragon…

Book review: States of Delusions

Book: Delusional Sates: Feeling Rule and Development in Pakistan’s Northern Frontier Author: Nosheen Ali Publisher: Cambridge University Press, 2019. ISBN 978-1-108 total pages: 304 pp.   The very subtitle of book “Delusional States:…

Hunters of the Hindu Kush

Hunters of the Hindu Kush Both hunters and shepherds were highly respected in the tribal societies of Darel and Tangir in the district of Diamer in Gilgit-Baltistan. The communities were dependent for their sustenance on these men in the…

Regaining Balance: Relearning religion

Regaining Balance: Relearning religion Why is it that while religions teach peace, people kill and exploit each other in the name of religion? A one-line answer to this question: The term religion leads to a confusion between two things: 1)…