Ashaq Hussain Parray

Ashaq Hussain Parray

Ashaq Hussain Parray is currently a Junior Research Fellow in the Department of English at Aligarh Muslim University, where he pursues his doctoral studies in the area of Translation Studies. His research and doctoral work focuses on the translation of Urdu poetry into English. He previously taught as an assistant professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at the Islamic University of Science and Technology (Awantipora, Kashmir).
Kashmir: A Ghazal and Two Poems by Ashaq Hussain Parray

Kashmir: A Ghazal and Two Poems by Ashaq Hussain Parray

After a self-imposed suspension in our regular publication cycle, in solidarity with the silenced avenues of Kashmiri expression, Inverse Journal presents three timely poems by Ashaq Hussain Parray that meditate on the quality of being Kashmiri (and human) at the present and within a greater continuum of disproportionate and unresolved histories. As a doctoral candidate in Translation Studies specializing in the translation of Urdu poetry into English, Parray brings us these three poems that exhibit the grace of the Ghazal and the couplet, while crafting out the poetic formulations rooted in the Kashmiri language as it ventures out into the world of English literature, maintaining intact a poetic sensibility that is identifiably Kashmiri.

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Knowledge is like Teher.
A handful of cooked rice
a humble offering
to ward off the grief
from an entire century.
Whosoever receives Teher
does so with blessings
and well wishes.
Today the T in Teher
is the T in Taaleem
just as the K in Kashmir
is the K in your name.
From Teōtīhuacān to Tral
we make a humble offering.

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