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Once the summer meets autumn, everything turns magical in Kashmir, the crispy leaves scattered everywhere, the mild chill in the air, this transition is simply gorgeous. This year things were different in Kashmir, inside our locked homes we saw the beautiful summer turning into spectacular autumn and then covering itself in the magical white blanket of snow. This video is a glimpse of magical land and its transition through seasons, created by very talented @imadclicks who works tirelessly to bring the Kashmir’s best. Thank you @imadclicks for this video.keep sharing.
She Isn’t Leading You On, She’s Looking For Love She is not leading you on with her random texts and selfies. She is trying to test the waters, test your reaction, test the chemistry. She cannot tell whether you are the one for her based on looks and a few back-and-forth texts. You might be perfect for her. Or you might be toxic. She is trying to figure out which one is the truth. She is not purposely playing mind games with you. She is not intentionally driving you nuts. She is sorting through her feelings. She is sending first texts and asking to hang out so she can see whether you work well together, whether you make any sense as a couple, whether trying for a relationship with you would be worth the effort or a waste of her time. She does not want to rush into the wrong relationship. She does not want to put herself through unnecessary heartbreak. She does not want to make another mistake when it comes to love because she has already made too many to count. That is why she is going to take things slow with you. She is going to pace herself. She is going to take your relationship one step at a time. It is going to take her some time to get comfortable around you, and in the end, she might decide you are not the right one for her after all. She might stop flirting. She might stop texting. She might choose to fade away. And that is okay. She is allowed to consider her options. She is allowed to get close to you and pull away. She is allowed to decide someone she invested a lot of her energy into is not worth the trouble after all. She is allowed to change her mind, even if that means accidentally hurting someone in the process. Just because she showed interest in you for a while and ultimately walked away does not mean she was leading you on the entire time. It does not mean she intended to play games with your heart. It does not mean she is laughing behind your back about how hard you fell for her. She was never leading you on. She was never trying to hurt you. She was only looking for love — and, unfortunately, she still has not found it. She is still searching. . . Photo :@rayeesrumi Words :Holly Rio
This is how you forgive the person who broke your heart. You forgive them by giving yourself time to heal. This doesn’t happen all at once. This doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a slow progression. You take two steps forward and four steps back. Sometimes it won’t make sense. But you grow a bit stronger, a bit more resilient, every single day. Even if you don’t always see it. You forgive them by focusing on yourself. Stop pouring your energy into toxicity. You unplug. You unfollow. Practice self-care. Reread your favorite books and go out with your best friends, laughing and remembering how good things can be when you surround yourself with positivity. Tell your broken heart it’s okay to take a break – to remember how to smile again. You forgive them by removing yourself from the situation. The longer you dwell in it, in the heartache, the more it festers. It’s difficult, but you have to leave it alone. Honor your emotions. Honor your feelings. But don’t keep circling back. Don’t keep obsessing over what occurred. Imagine it like a balloon. Let it float away. Tell it goodbye. It can’t hurt you now. You forgive them by accepting what they did. That doesn’t mean the pain is erased. That doesn’t mean you suddenly think it’s okay or you’ve let them off the hook. It doesn’t mean they aren’t responsible for their actions or that you’ve forgotten what happened. It just means accepting what’s done is done. It means admitting there is no rewind button. You can only move forward. You forgive them by regaining your life. Because there is so much more than just one person who broke your heart. Words: Kris Miller Photo: @thefernandist
“As soon as my flight landed at the defense airport in Srinagar, I lost network on my phone. I had no way to reach my driver who was supposed to take me to my hotel. The environment made me feel claustrophobic. I had flown there to see the aftermath of the Article 370 of the Indian Constitution being abrogated. I had written my thesis on the Human Rights Violation in Kashmir—I was so invested, I had to go there myself. Eventually I found my driver because he had a placard with my name on it. We had to travel in a rickshaw instead of a taxi, to look less conspicuous. My driver’s rickshaw had a cracked windshield because of stone pelting. When we were crossing the valley, I wanted to take photos. The driver was hesitant but I told him that I was here to travel. Just then a guard came & told the driver, ‘Agar isne zyada shor machaya, toh main tumhe maarke laal kar doonga.’ Fear set in, in just an hour of being there. The shops were shut. The city had come to a standstill. Even Jamia Masjid was shut—my driver said they weren’t even allowed to pray there during Eid. There was so much fear. But despite that, amongst the tension, I’ve never experienced hospitality as well as I have in Kashmir. Once, the driver took me to his place. His family was so welcoming. They offered me chai & biscuits & told me how difficult it was to get groceries. They were scared to step out of their own house. The kids hadn’t been to school for two months. Even though some schools were forced to open, the lack of communication scared the parents. What kind of a life were they made to live? Even when I went for a boat ride, my ‘shikharwala’ was so excited to make sure I see the best of Kashmir. He went out of his way to show me a friend’s boat. All the conversations I had along the way were amazing. So much was happening, but they were still smiling. One of these people told me, ‘India aur Pakistan ne Kashmir ko football jaisa bana diya hai.’ I wonder what we’ve made of Kashmir, what have we done to its people; what we’ve done to its environment—& even more about what will happen to it. A place that was once called Firdaus, Jannat or Heaven is burning today.”
Here’s What Makes Kashmir A True Heaven On Earth .@gokashadventures . Nature has endowed Kashmir with implausible beauty, and no other words in the entire universe can describe its charm better than this couplet of Amir Khusro. Universally acknowledged as “paradise on earth”, Kashmir is resplendent with Chinar trees that turn the entire valley yellow and red as autumn arrives, silver lakes that turn gold in the light of dawn, and the jewel-blue river that are souls of the ice-cold mountains. But, here are some unique experiences and things that justify the title given to Kashmir. 1. It has the most poetic and fairytale-like autumn you’ll ever witness Some people may say that autumn is sad, but in Kashmir, it is delightful. You’ll love the colours of the season and the wind that feels quite energetic and soft. The trees take on scarlet, golden, and amber hues. 2. I think you’ll agree with me when I say, Kashmir has the most romantic snowfall Just imagine the soft and light snow, freezing and melting, falling on the tree-filled mountains and covering every blade of green grass on the distant meadows. Won’t your soul swoon at the sight of falling snowflakes covering the huts of this paradise on earth, turning it into a mesmerizing winterland. 3. And yet it has the warmest people you’ll ever meet As soon as you set your foot on this paradise on earth, the lovely and shy Kashmiri people welcome you with their warmth, oneness and love. This valley is still driven by the sense of togetherness and humanity, which is gradually dying out in many places of this world. 4. The valley has the most picture-perfect landscapes Those who have witnessed the quaint landscapes of Kashmir, will never ask why Kashmir is called heaven on earth. From the distant mountain range of Pir Panjal and thickly scented Kashmir cypress branches to the gushing rivers and verdant meadows, each corner of Kashmir is filled with natural wonders. 5.It has the largest and the most colourful Tulip Garden in Asia 6. From skiing on the sky-spearing mountains to trekking through treacherous paths 7. And it has Rogan Josh and Goshtaba. Need I say more? . . 📷: @prasun.mitra
At the end of the day, God will always be the source of my strength. He’ll always be the source of hope that gets me through the toughest times. He’ll always be the source of courage that makes me want to get up in the morning and try again or try harder. He’ll always be the source of light when the road is dark and unclear. At the end of the day, God will always be the source of my optimism because I have faith in him. I have faith in his plans and his justice. I have faith in his lessons and his timing. I have faith in his losses and his blessings. I have faith in his guidance and in the path he chose for me. I have faith in his mercy and in his miracles. I have faith in him because every time I lost hope, he blessed me with something to be grateful for and every time I thought he was punishing me, he was actually releasing me from a poisonous cycle. And every time I felt dead inside, he brought me back to life. At the end of the day, God will always be the source of my happiness. When he listens to my prayers and answers them. When he redirects me to an even better destination than the one I had in mind. When he pushes me to bring out my talent or my strength or my resilience every time I’m close to giving up. When he nudges me to wake up and walk away from toxic people. When he helps me detach from the things that are not meant for me. At the end of the day, God will always be the source of my strength because he’s the only one who hears my most terrifying thoughts and calms me down and he’s the only one who reads my mind and knows what’s in my heart and somehow eases them. At the end of the day, God is always with me through the darkest and most painful times, I know he won’t abandon me and that gives me all the strength I need to power through and it makes me unafraid of falling down because he will always be right there to pick me up. Words : @ranianaim Photo : @zaidtantray
I want to know what it’s like to feel again. I want to know what it’s like to hear someone’s words without doubting them. I want to know what it’s like to believe again that maybe this time could be different, that people are not the same and happy endings still exist. I want to know what it’s like to surrender to the way someone looks at me, to their soft words and their sweet smiles to everything they’re showing me. I want to surrender to all of that without thinking that it’s just an act without waiting for the curtain call without knowing how it will end. I wish there was a way to stop my mind from drifting away from you. I wish there was a way to stop my heart from pulling in the reins. I wish there was a way to mend all the broken pieces before you. I wish there was a button I can push that switches everything I know and start over with you. I wish I could look you in the eyes and tell you I’m ready but that would be a lie. and I’m a bad liar. . . . 📷 @shetravelsanddraws 😍 @ankur.sh8
Every single day is different. Some days you wake up and feel strong to face the world, you feel like you can handle everything and you think you're unstoppable. Other days you just don't want to get out of bed, you feel like you're fragile like a glass and just wanna get away from your reality. And that's life. Life consists of both kind of days. Learn to love and support yourself every single day, either good or bad. Learn to accept that life has ups and downs and that is what makes it a wonderful journey. ✨ Thanks for this beautiful photo! ❄️ Photo credit @maliqabid 💕 - Tag us or use our hashtag #beingkashmiri to be featured on our page!
Gulmarg – Heaven on Earth Gulmarg literally means “Meadow of flowers”. Gulmarg is located 60 KMs away from Srinagar which is an hour and half journey by car. Gulmarg has attracted millions of tourists throughout its existence with the scenic beauty of the Himalayan Mountains in the back drop. One of the main attractions in Gulmarg is the Gulmarg Gondola, the Highest Cable Car in the world. The 1st phase of the Gondola takes tourists to the height of 8530 ft to Kongdori Station and the second stage of the Gondola goes up to the height of 12293 ft. Tourists can enjoy horse Riding and can go riding to the magnificent “Strawberry Valley” , Leopards Valley and ride up to “Kongdori” to see the frozen lake of “Al- Pathar”. Gulmarg in winter is a magnificent experience, fully covered in a white blanket of Snow which turns it into a skiers paradise. The natural slopes here are untouched and prove to be a challenge to ace skiers! Besides the scenic side to Gulmarg, winter time in Gulmarg is a season of festivities with celebrations of “White Christmas” and New Year parties. Things to do in Gulmarg Cable Car Ride or the Gulmarg Gondola Trekking Skiing at Khilanmarg Golfing Sightseeing Local Shopping Attend Snow Festival For bespoke experiences in Kashmir follow @gokashadventures and Dm us for any queries. Happy weekend ❣️
South East Asia is group of diverse countries, and a popular destination for travel. This region features different cultures mainly influenced by India and China. Owing to its great weather, idyllic beaches, fantastic cuisine and breathtaking landscapes, lot of travellers choose this region for their vacations. Recently as part of annual travel, I planned my trip to a few of these beautiful countries, that included Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. I was amazed by the beauty of these places and hospitality of people and the diversity in their culture, from the glitz of city lights to peaceful beaches to green landscapes this region has it all. With white sandy beaches to relax on and adrenaline rushing hiking points and amazing cliffs, this region is perfect destination for a holiday. Follow @gokashadventures to plan an affordable and adventurous trip to these destinations. We will be sharing the photos of our recent trip to this region in coming days. Keep watching this space. And a very big thank you to all the wonderful people who took out time from their busy schedule to meet me, and equally sorry to the people to whom I couldn’t meet. Much Love @_danishmir
Dear People, Now that I have been caged since 3 months, I have not been to school since three months, I aspired to become doctor, engineer, teacher or whatsoever. But now I have become the talk of prime time, my narrative has become weaker day by day and I get turned away everyday in the newspaper leaves. I dream to see the rising sun and the moon, I dream to find solace in the echoing of Azaan in the mountains, As the winter has wrapped me in a blanket of snow, I dream to see the spring of peace, happiness and prosperity. I dream to see the buzzing schools with our noise. I dream to run around the streets. I dream to live a peaceful childhood. I dream to live up with the dawn of peace every morning. I want to wake up to the beautiful memories of beautiful days in my beautiful land. I dream to touch the waters of jehlum. I dream to feel the winds of peace. I dream to be free. I dream not to see the haunting blots of blood everywhere. Video : @_danishmir Text : @zoondaeb
At the end of the day, if someone wants to be in your life, they will be. Truly — they are capable, they will make the effort, they will show up. If they do not — let that be your closure. However, you do not have to hate them. You do not have to remember their contribution to your life as anything but beautiful. Do not ruin them in your mind, do not grip until you feel resentment. Instead, love them without attachment. Love the lessons they taught you. Wish them well every single time you think about them. Miss them, but do not ache for them to come back. If the people in your life left because they were not ready to value you, or love you, or be there for you, do not wish for them back, do not ask for them to be more than they can be at the moment. Wish for them to figure themselves out. Wish for them to grow. They are on their own journey — a journey you are not a part of. And that is okay. You have to learn that that is okay. So instead of focusing on the people who left, focus on the people in your life who have chosen to be there. Focus on the ones who stayed, on the ones who appreciate you and respect you. Focus on the people who match the love you give them, focus on the people who empower you and grow you and make your life beautiful. You are surrounded by human beings who will not shy away from the love you give. You are surrounded by human beings who know that they want you in their life, people who show you that every single day. Do not take them for granted. Do not lose touch of what you have, chasing what you no longer do. Trust me when I say — you will miss out on beautiful things if you continue to stay rooted in all of the ways you were wronged, if you continue to let your past pull you from experiencing what the present has to offer you. Do not close yourself off to your potential. Instead, open yourself to the world, and allow for it to fill that space with the kinds of people, the kinds of moments, and the kinds of experiences that exhilarate you, that compel you — that make you love yourself, and your life, and what you have to offer, more and more each day. Words: @rainbowsalt Photo: @pooja_onegirlonejourney
You glow differently when you let the pain go. The pain of the past. The pain of your childhood. The pain of your breakup. The pain of your failures. You glow differently when you don’t let pain define you. When you take the lessons it taught you and turn them into wisdom, into art or into stepping stones on your way to resilience. You glow differently every time people expect you to break but you don’t crack. You’ve survived storms before. You’ve overcome tragedies and painful experiences before. You can do this. You glow differently when you allow yourself to feel the pain without letting it permeate your life. When you let it all out but continue to live your life to the fullest. When you let the darkness roll out but let the sunlight in the next morning. You glow differently when you don’t let your heartbreak stop you from finding love again, when it becomes your motivation to find your passion or get back in touch with your friends or meet new people. You glow differently when you believe that these things end for a very good reason, even though you might not understand it right away, it’s what’s best for you. You glow differently when you believe that God won’t take something away from you unless something better is on the way. You glow differently when you don’t let your childhood wounds define you. Whether it was how your parents treated you or what they told you about love or about yourself. You glow differently when you forgive yourself. When you don’t carry the burdens of your childhood with you. When you don’t let the darkness of the past shadow the brightness of your future. You glow differently when you’re not scared of pain, when you’re not ashamed of your scars, when you’ve found a way to accept the pain and you’re not ashamed to tell your story. When you let your pain inspire you to dig out your inner strength, your power or your talent. You glow differently every time you grow out of your pain and find happiness again. You glow differently every time you heal because it looks so damn good on you. Words : @ranianaim Photo : @rajshree1209
All his life he taught just one lesson- to be pure from within. And that is what matters the most. Everything else is secondary; you have to be true to yourself and your conscience and that will help you stay spiritually sound! Happy Guru Nanak Jayanti ! #GuruPurab #GuruNanakJayanti #kashmir #beingkashmiri
I Hope You Never Have To Rush Anything Because Of Time I hope you never take a wrong leap of faith because you think that if you don’t do it now, you’ll never do it. I hope you don’t fall for the wrong person and settle because the clock is ticking and you’re held back because of your age or your culture or family pressure. I hope you realize that love is the only thing you can’t rush. Love is the only thing you can’t force. I hope you never feel like you have to meet certain expectations just because time is slipping by and everyone around you seems to meet them. I hope you don’t try so hard to match someone’s life or dream that you forget your own. I hope you don’t let the world fool you into believing that your journey is insignificant or that you’re behind just because you’re not doing what everyone else is doing. I hope you never have to rush big things because of time. I hope you take your time enjoying every moment, learning from every setback, finding strength and wisdom after every heartbreak and I hope you learn how to give yourself a break, how to give yourself time to bloom and time to shine. I hope time doesn’t become your enemy. I hope you don’t waste your time trying to be on everyone else’s timing or trying to race people when you don’t know where the finish line is or where it will take you. And I hope you let time heal you because it may take a while for things to make sense but once they do, you’ll be glad you waited. You’ll be glad you embraced your journey instead of trying to change it. You’ll be glad you took your time. Words : Rania Naim Photo : @_danishmir
I know it is hard, I know it hurts. But you cannot focus on the people who walked away, you cannot keep all of that hope alive inside of you. At the end of the day, if someone wants to be in your life, they will be. Truly — they are capable, they will make the effort, they will show up. If they do not — let that be your closure. So instead of focusing on the people who left, focus on the people in your life who have chosen to be there. Focus on the ones who stayed, on the ones who appreciate you and respect you. Focus on the people who match the love you give them, focus on the people who empower you and grow you and make your life beautiful. You are surrounded by human beings who will not shy away from the love you give. You are surrounded by human beings who know that they want you in their life, people who show you that every single day. Do not take them for granted. Do not lose touch of what you have, chasing what you no longer do. Trust me when I say — you will miss out on beautiful things if you continue to stay rooted in all of the ways you were wronged, if you continue to let your past pull you from experiencing what the present has to offer you. Do not close yourself off to your potential. Instead, open yourself to the world, and allow for it to fill that space with the kinds of people, the kinds of moments, and the kinds of experiences that exhilarate you, that compel you — that make you love yourself, and your life, and what you have to offer, more and more each day. Words : @rainbowsalt Photo : @elsabrilliant
Find someone who will listen to the mess of your thoughts, who will not tell you that you’re “over-reacting” or “paranoid” or “overly sensitive” or any other number of things which make you feel bad for feeling bad. Find someone who will learn what it takes to stop you feeling like a grenade. Whose only goal is to help you through whatever thought is gripping you- no matter how real or imagined or so over-analysed it feels as if it will be the thing to break you. Find someone who will be the hand pulling you to the surface when you feel as if you are drowning and will shield you when the hurricane hits. Find someone who is not afraid of the darkness, but someone who will be your light. Find someone who doesn’t give you more reasons to doubt, to fear, to obsess. Find someone who you can see into and through, who will not let your trust issues become magnified, who will not make comments without thinking, who will not joke about things which could turn your world to dust. You deserve more than to feel like a burden. 💙 Photo : @hashimsgallery
The window to the world beyond always keeps me inspired for my next adventure in life - all I have to do is look outside ❤️ . Have you ever done a shikara ride at sunrise on Dal Lake in winters? The experience was close to surreal for me - a near perfect travel moment when I was at peace with myself as well as with my surroundings... . 📷: @siddharthajoshi #shotoniphone @apple . #WHPWanderlust @instagram #kashmir #beingkashmiri
Travel is more than having a destination in mind; it is discovering a place in your heart you’ve never been before. - ❤️What is your favorite place on Earth?❤️ 🦋 Thanks for this beautiful photo! 💃🏻 Photo credit @liesamantha 💕 - Tag us or use our hashtag #beingkashmiri to be featured on our page!
You’re Not Supposed To Have Every Answer, So Stop Trying To Race To The Finish Line You are not supposed to know everything right now. You are not supposed to have every goal achieved and every decision made as quickly as you can. There is a pace to life that we have to honor. We cannot cut to the end of the story, we cannot demand it all at once, and we should not stress that we have not hit every milestone as early as possible. There is a pace to life, and when we begin to see that there is a unique timing for everything, we begin to trust it more than we doubt it. Sometimes, things don’t happen the moment we want them to because we are just not ready yet. Sometimes, we have to learn how to handle little bits of success, so we are ready when they become massive. Sometimes, we have to learn to be okay by ourselves first, so we don’t ruin a relationship with unhealthy attachment. Sometimes, we have to learn to handle little criticisms here and there, so we’re ready when life takes off and people are really watching. Sometimes, we just have more growing to do than we realize, and life always honors that — even if it lets you down in the moment. Just because you aren’t going as quickly as you thought does not mean you aren’t on your way. There is no virtue to peaking too young. There is no real ambition that should culminate immediately after you’ve conceived of it. The real work is a lifelong commitment to excellence and the pursuit of a strong foundation, and a thriving soul. You do not need to know everything that is in front of you yet. When you set out on a road trip at night, you don’t expect your headlights to shine all the way through the darkness, miles and miles ahead of you, straight to your destination. All you can see is what is directly ahead of you, and that’s all you need to see. If you keep taking the next right step, you will arrive. Right now, you don’t feel lost because you actually have no idea where your life is going. You feel lost because you’re in transition. You have planted, or maybe sprouted, but not yet bloomed. Read more in comments. Words : Brianna Wiest Photo : @irdamk