Portrait by GR Santosh
Portrait by GR Santosh

(1916-88)

That day, the tsot-like moon ascended
behind the hills looking wane and worn
like a gown of Pampur tweed with a
tattered collar and loose collar-bands,

Revealing sad scars over her silvery
skin,

She was weary and tired and
lusterless as a counterfeit pallid
rupee-coin deceittully given to an
unsuspecting woman labourer
by a wily master.

The tsot-like moon ascended and the
hills grew hungry.

The clouds were slowly putting out
their cooking tires.

But the forest nymphs began to kindle
their oven tires.

And steaming rice seemed to shoot up
Over the hill tops.

And, murmuring hope to my
starving belly.

I gazed and gazed at the promising
sky.

About the author
Dina Nath Nadim,He can be credited with the starting of a new phase in history of Kashmiri literature. Responsible for introducing various poetic styles into Kashmiri, he was the first Kashmiri poet to have written in ‘ blank verse’. Also he was the first Kashmiri to have written  the first Opera in the  Kashmiri language “ Bombir ti Yembirzal ‘ ( The Bumblebee and the Narcissus). For his work he was awarded the ‘Soviet Land Nehru Award (1971) and the ‘Sahitya Akademi Award (1986).

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COMMENTS

  1. Shahnawaz Taing 

    Nadim sahib is the greatest of great contemporary poets of Kashmir.His song: “tse ti vaatee kuni vizih vaeriy tseh pakh haleh paery lagaiey..waethiy gasinaiey barnain taeriy tseh pakh haleh paeri lagaiey’.

    Is not only a lyric it a prayer and an inspiration also.

    Kashmir literature has not yet produced a parallel to his ever living opera VETESTA.