Gaash Label The Cherry Tree

Qna Label

Ayesha Kuttay
HDFC, Srinagar, Kashmir
Part 2
August 23, 2015

In 2013, she became the first Woman to be announced as a ‘Cluster Head’ not only for the HDFC Bank (where she works) , but in the entire State of Jammu & Kashmir. A student of Presentation Convent, Srinagar till 8th standard, Ayesha did her 12th standard from Queen Mary’s Girl School, Delhi. She graduated in Political Science honours from Hindu College, Delhi before joining the Delhi Law Faculty for couple of months before opting out for Post Graduation Diploma In Management from Amity Business School.

Ayesha was selected by HDFC Bank in a campus recruitment drive and she was posted at the Bank’s Connaught Place branch. No wonder, she loves Delhi and it feels like her second home.

Excerpts from the interaction with Rajesh Prothi,

August 30, 2015

The traditional outfit for both males and females in Kashmir is the Phiran and poots. The phiran and poots consist of two gowns, one over the other. The traditional phiran and poots extends to the feet, which was popular up to the late 19th century C.E. However, a relatively modern variation of the phiran and poots extends to below the knees, which is worn with a suthan (loose form of shalwar) similar to the styles worn in Afghanistan.[5][6] It is optional to wear the suthan with a long phiran as traditionally lower garments are not worn with phirans. The traditional phiran and poots do not have side slits.

A Poem by Ghulam Ahmad Mahjoor
August 16, 2015

O bulbul, let the freedom urge possess your soul !
Bid good bye to your cage, step out,
Gather your flowers and enjoy their bloom!

Speak out bold and clear. Your voice
Need not falter with fear
As when you sang within your ca ge.

In bondage, they served you ample food.
Now gather in the fields what grains you can,
And see how sweet is food in freedom!

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