Monthly Archives: December 2007

Chillay Kalaan

Chillay Kalaan– or the 40 coldest days in Kashmir start from 21st Decemeber, followed by Chilla Baccha, which is less harsh. Generally in Kashmir, people wait for Chillay Kalaan, preparing themselves to meet the chill that is about to make life difficult.

Winter being a part and parcel of the Kashmiri way of life has made the lifestyle of the Kashmiris from the oldest times prepared to meet this breathtakingly beautiful monster that makes life very difficult. With roads blocked, and all commodities of need unavailable in the market, Kashmiris had chosen a way of life to make best of the winter months.

Preparation for winter used to start way ahead, with women drying vegetables and other products to be used in the cold winter — All’e Hacche, Wangan Hacche, Rowangan Hacche and even dried fish. The other popular method of preservation was making pickles — Aanchaar — be it of the vegetables or meat. Rice grain and pulses were kept stored at home for the same winter months.

But that was then. Over the years with commodities in winter becoming available via the Jammu Srinagar highway, and so called “modern” lifestyle where there is no place for haccha, a lot of other things have also changed.

And what I find rather noteworthy is the fact that even the Chillay Kalaan has modernised. Ever since the onset of Chillay Kalaan we are having a very sunny (and cold) winter. A dry winter sun. Whatever happened to Chillay Kalaan is yet unexplainable — they blame it on the environment etc…

well well that is for the Chillay Kalaan that is overpowered by the sun…

Things are getting very strange in Kashmir….


Women who suffer by Dr. Nurit Peled-Elhanan

Moved to:

Covenant of Umar

Moved to:

Setting the Record Straight: The Miracle of Islamic Science

Moved to:


— Mike Ghouse

Much of the maligning of Islam we see and read in the news papers stems from
the speeches and the management of our Mosques, and it also fuels the talk
show hosts. The best way to fix the problem is straighten out ourselves

The first battle field of change is our institutions. We need to plan long
term and short strategies/ solutions to our issues if we have not already
done it.

In the interest of our community’s long term peaceful un-fearful
co-existence, we may have to take up this topic and discuss it within our
organizations. A national policy would be of greater value. Most of us are
familiar with our problems, and as such I have not explained the background
for each item, you can complete the list with your own situation. Here are a
few solutions to consider.


– We must keep a record of what we say in public forums.
– We must keep records of speeches or scripts to go on the website.
– We must invite all the major media outlets, even if it is a vain
– We must cultivate the habit of having the same speech in public and
private domains.
– We must have a formal system to appraise the values of our
organization to <guest/ Imam speaker>
– We must follow the Islamic tradition of good record keeping – every
thing our prophet has said is recorded.
– We must ask the new Imam speaker to present the scripted outline of
the Khutba prior to speech
– We must ask all our speakers to provide an outline to keep it as a
record and perhaps put it on the website.
– We must trust our speakers, but having a record of the speech is
greater trust we owe it to the Ummah.
– We must advise our speakers to open up the eyes and understand that
they are not speaking to a monolithic group.
– We must advise our speakers to cut down any kind of incitement,
microphone will be turned off for violations.
– We must let them know their boundaries – let it be in a manual, and
every speaker has to follow the guidelines.
– We must advise our speakers to be Women sensitive and guest
sensitive (as non-Muslim guests attend Juma)
– We must acknowledge that no one is above the long term goodwill of
our community.


– A major overhaul needs to be considered in Administration of
Mosques and Islamic Centers.
– Qualifications must be verified by a paid third party CPA for
serious accountability.
– All the financial transactions must be audited by a CPA.
– Women and Youth must be represented on the board.
– Board Voting must be confidential and un-identified to keep the
freedom alive.
– No one should run the Mosque like the Patriarch of the family does –
i.e., no unilateral decisions.
– The Board members must have the experience in management of
professional, civic or community based organization, preference must be
given to those who have served in non-Muslim organizations. We live in a
real World, let’s our actions be based on real world interactions.


– We need to hire a public relations firm on a part time or full
– We need to verify all literature that is put out there.
– We need to *remove* the Hilali Translation of Quran from our
– We need to learn to explain our Deen in more understandable terms,
not the old English.
– We need to make our mosques visitors friendly

Its a dry winter…

It’s a dry winter again.
Splashes of a few raindrops in the city some days back brought hope of a normal winter, but it has been abnormal again. I think of the blog posts of last winter — its almost like things are being repeated.

Now, why am I complaining?
Isn’t winter supposed to be cold?
But well, we never used to have parts of Dal frozen in November. Thus, proving its cold.

And no snow would create havoc for the environment, for everything.. not to speak that nature would compensate for no snow by having a real heavy snowfall in march right after showing the first blooms of spring?
Kinda abnormal.

Very abnormal.

Its been a long time since I have really written anything for the blog. Apologies to my readers. I needed time to set all things and really adjust — in the mental domain of Sakooter. 🙂 Anyhow, writing today gives me a feeling of freedom. I can write again.

And I can complain again.

As humans we all complain and complain and complain. ah!

But then, to err is human, to forgive is Divine. So we the erring humans would hope for the Divine to forgive us. 😛

You might want to read last years blog posts on winter:
Untimely Snow

oh sad.. i just realized my blogsource blog (my previous blog is deleted.. so no entries for the last winter)