When I Google Kashmir


It is truly sad and tragic that when I Google Kashmir, it’s no longer a tourist destination

When I Google Kashmir pictures, I see barbed wires on desolate streets

When I search for home, all I see are empty, vacant eyes which greet the camera lens from behind the drawn curtains

When Google shows results, it’s a sad page of many stories

A war-torn region? No. It’s a blackout and an example of inhumane methods of hypocrisy

The stories shared, some are lies and some are portrayed as lies.

I read them anxiously, hoping the better ones are the new reality

Looking, with longing in my eyes, for a message, a sign that my family is alive

So when I Google Kashmir, the lonely Lal Chowk greets me, tells me of woes of people back home

Suppressed voices, oppressed back of tired, torn Indian citizens.

People of Kashmir, dying a slow death, choking on air made toxic by forces nobody understands.

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