COVID19: #TalsaGharreyBehew trends as Kashmiris advise each other to stay home
As COVID19 force-closes the entire world, the valley Twitterati is asking each
other to stay at home with a hashtag in Kashmiri ‘TalsaGharreyBehew’ (which
roughly translates to ‘Hey, stay at home.’) trending on Twitter.
“Can we trend
#TalsaGharreyBehew. Let’s have our own Koshur Hashtag to spread
awareness regarding COVID-19 via social media and stress upon the importance of
staying at home during current crisis,” tweeted journalist Shuja ul Haq.
He then nominated four more users to set the ball
rolling who in turn continued with the chain till the hashtag became trending
Users wrote messages, both serious and funny,
tagging them with #TalsaGharreyBehew.
“We also make a hashtag here in #KASHMIR which is
#TalsaGharreyBehew, hope you retweet it,” tweeted one user Arif setting the
“Stay at home and build your relation with Allah
swt through Quran, Zikr and by offering nafl namaz..#TalsaGharreyBehew,” wrote
Danish Nisar Wani.
“Is chicken consumption safe?
#TalsaGharreyBehew,” tweeted user Saqib Salib asking a very common question
about whether having chicken was safe during the current pandemic (something
that doctors have already clarified that it is absolutely safe if it is
properly washed and cooked.)
“You’ve got once in a lifetime opportunity to
stay at home and chill, and yet be a hero and save the community. Don’t screw
this up. #TalsaGharreyBehew,” tweeted another user Hanna Hamadani.
“Please understand you have nothing to do with
“Naram Curfew te sakhat Curfew” Just stay inside #Khanyar #CoronaCurfew
#TalsaGharreyBehew,” wrote Nadeem Shafi.
The hashtag was top trending in Kashmir along
with #CoronaStopKaroNa and #JanataCurfewMarch22.
Kashmir continued to be under a virtual lockdown
for the second day on Friday as authorities imposed restrictions across all
districts to contain the spread of coronavirus in the valley, which has
recorded one positive case, officials said.
Friday prayers in the valley were observed in
almost all the mosques although the attendance of people was thinner than
At many places, Imams went ahead with short
sermons and prayers with many offering only the mandatory Fardh prayers in the
mosques and leaving soon to pray the rest in homes.