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October-December 2002 issue

House Boats on Dal Lake in Srinagar

House Boats on Dal Lake in Srinagar. Credit for introducing House Boats in Kashmir goes to Pt. Narain Das, father of Swami Laxman ji.

Table of Contents

Koshur Music

An Introduction to Spoken Kashmiri

  From the New General Secretary
A Word of Thanks

C. L. RainaAt the outset, let me extend my sincere and heartful thanks to one and all in the Board of Trustees of Kashmiri Pandits' Association for having assigned and entrusted me with the duties and responsibilities as 'Secretary' of the Organisation. I wish and hope to contribute whatever little possible within my reach and competence.
My ardent and utmost desire, wish and ambition is to see and ensure our Association to be lively, vibrant, self-supporting and self-generating for which unconditional and continuous effort and cooperation from each and every member is required as a 'Must'.

I would therefore, in all earnestness, appeal to biradari members to come forward with the slogan 'What I can give' rather than 'What I can get' from the Association.
The Association is to be nourished and brought up to the age and stage when it will start 'giving'.

We are abundant in 'talent' but perhaps lack the 'will' to utilise it for the benefit of our 'less fortunate'. We have highly qualified doctors, scientists, engineers, lawyers, specialists and other professionals, who serve as torch-bearers to vast multitudes. I would entreat them to spare a fraction of their expertise for the good and well-being of our community members.

Our Association is presently housed in a residential complex and as such it has become difficult to expand and enlarge our field and sphere of activities as enshrined in our bye-laws. Couldn't we think of arranging a piece of land where we could house a common Prayer Hall - a Temple, a Community Hall, a Library, a Medical Aid Centre and other common facility centres for the benefit of our children, aged and the women-folk. All this entails and involves heavy funding. How many of us have been donating/contributing for these and other such causes and purposes for the good of our own brothers? Couldn't we voluntarily take the challenge and rise to the occasion instead of waiting and looking over the fence? The goal is not far, only if we make a 'determined start'.

The job of the Secretary, as I can literally understand from the word asks for:

S: Selfless, Speedy, Satisfying - Service.
E: Earnest, Expeditious, Enthusiastic - Disposal
C: Cheerful, Caring, Calm - Mood
R: Respectful, Reliable, Responsible - Attitude
E: Ever-fulfilling, Eveready, Everlasting - Solutions
T: Transparent, Tactful, Tearless - Dealings
A: Alert, Able, Accountable - Administration
R: Realistic, Reasonable, Remarkable - Response
Y: Yogic, Yeoman, Young - Yearning

As mentioned earlier, we have to make a start somewhere, sooner or later to achieve the goal. It is thus with this objective in mind, I, as a beginning, have decided and started attending Kashyap Bhawan every Sunday between 10.00 a.m. and 1.00 p.m. from Ist of December 2002.

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