e the extraordinary genius of a writer so masterful,' says Habibullah, who lives in Chunduna village of Srinagar district and has seen 60 summers.
'It is about love, intrigue, loneliness and separation, but the underlying message is that of truth's triumph over evil. It was because of such heritage that the people remained essentially noble in their dealings.'
And how does the younger generation react to Habibullah's reminiscences?
Says his son Showkat: 'When father sits wrapped in his warm blanket, telling the tales he had heard from his grandfather, even his face is transformed. His wrinkles suddenly vanish and his voice becomes young. Those are the times I feel very close to him.'
Rues a sociologist here: 'The storytelling sessions are all about family values. Winter provided the time to renew and repair social bonds. With the breaking up of joint families and the beginning of the nuclear family system, such pleasures are naturally becoming outdated.'
Interestingly, wherever the joint family system still exists in Kashmir, access to Internet or cable television has not made story telling unfashionable.
'Every society must learn to coexist with its traditional value system. If we give up our heritage and old value systems to change with the times, it would be a great loss. We must somehow try to have the old gel with the new,' the sociologist adds.
With youth evincing keen interest in learning about their past, the Kashmiri heritage seems in safe hands as of now.
'There is a cultural rebound of sorts. Kashmiris who live in the US and Europe approach me for CDs of regional music. They also show keen interest in their culture and heritage,' says Ravi Bhan, who runs a music studio here.
Winter also reminds Kashmiris of famous poet Mir Ghulam Rasool Nazki's words: 'Wanda, sheena, hamama, kunga, Harisha te toot nun chiyi dama Ali Sheikha, Hassan Sofiya, Shameema, Rasul MPage: 1 2 3 Related medicine news :1
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