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Daughter of Kashmir in Mumbai takes to YouTube to share her love for Kashmiri cuisine

Hirra Azmat





Srinagar, Dec 29: A daughter of the valley settled outside has found a delicious way to take Kashmiri cuisine to foodies across the globe.

Not alone in the arena, she is definitely making mouths water!

Nazrana Bashir, originally a resident of Kreeri in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, was married off at 22 to an IT investment banker settled in Delhi.


A decade later, when she is a mother of two and happily settled in Mumbai, she has decided to express her love for Kashmiri cuisine—and her kitchen talent—through YouTube channel named ‘ZoonDaeb’.


A Mass-Communication graduate, Nazrana uses her skills with the camera to prepare videos in her spick-and-span kitchen to showcase her recipes.“No matter wherever we are, we can’t get away from our cuisine,” Nazrana explains her journey from homemaking to recipe-sharing.

“Cooking for me started as a necessity after marriage, but it subsequently became my passion. Motivated by family and friends, I finally decided to share my love for cooking with the people. Now, I am rediscovering myself in the process.”

Using her smartphone and a tripod purchased exclusively for the purpose, she has produced 35 videos, earning herself a subscriber base of 3.8 thousand in about four months.

In every video, she can be heard—not seen—patiently explaining the recipes in English, step by step, letting mention of each ingredient raise the viewers’ anticipation.
And the recipes range from that of Nun Chai to sponge cake.“The food (on her channel) might be Kashmir-centric, but the intent is to popularise the cuisine globally. For instance, in case of Nun Chai, I make it with green tea, because finding traditional Nun Chai outside Kashmir isn’t always possible.”

“I have strived to learn recipes of Kashmiri cuisine at home, now I want to be the source of such knowledge to the people.”

Nazrana’s culinary journey on social media began after her family convinced her to start a channel.

Today, her experimental YouTube stint has brought her many requests and praises from the followers.“The idea of ZoonDaeb was a result of persistent prodding by my younger brother-in-law, who gave me the courage to embark on this journey. But I might not have been able to sustain had I not received the whole-hearted support and continuous grooming from my husband and a very dear friend, who have been the constant support all along.”

She says the support of her subscribers keeps her motivated.“I also have a Facebook and an Instagram page, where I keep sharing my videos and other useful tips.”
Nazrana now aims to widen her reach by translating her videos into Kashmiri and Urdu languages.

“I am currently working on this option, and I will Inshallah do it soon,” she says.

The young cook plans to write books in future, as she believes the literature available on Kashmiri cuisine is not enough.
“My channel is a humble attempt to preserve our cuisine and showcase it to the world,” she says about her work.



Bijbehara: 40 polling booths with zero votes

Mubashir Bukhari



Bijbehara, Apr 23: Home turf of former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, the Bijbehara assembly segment under the Anantnag Lok Sabha seat, reported highest concentration of polling stations where zero votes were cast.

Among the 65 booths in Anantnag where zero votes were cast, 40 were located in Bijbehara, one of the six assembly constituencies where voting took place in the third phase of the Lok Sabha elections Tuesday.

People cast their votes in 714 polling stations in Anantnag. Bijbehara, the home constituency of PDP president Mufti, had 120 polling booths set up for a population of 93,289 people.


A total of 1,893 electorate or 2 per cent exercised their franchise when the polling ended at 4 pm. The voting time for the Anantnag Lok Sabha seat was reduced in view of security considerations. The Baramulla Lok Sabha seat, where voting took place in the first phase, saw 17 polling stations with zero while the Srinagar Parliamentary seat, which went to polls in the second phase, recorded zero votes in 90 booths.

Polling in Anantnag, which has 16 assembly seats, has been divided into three phases. The first phase was completed on Tuesday while remaining two will be held on April 29 and May 6. The decision for staggered polling was taken keeping in view the security situation in South Kashmir which has seen many encounters between security forces and militants.

On February 14, over 40 CRPF personnel were killed in a miliant attack in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

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Clubbing of booths kept voters away

Firdous Hassan



Srinagar, Apr 23:  The clubbing of the polling booths in Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency Tuesday discouraged many voters, who preferred to stay at home rather than walking long distances to cast their votes.  

District Anantnag, which went for polls first in the three-phased schedule Tuesday, recorded 13.63 voter turnouts in six segments including Anantnag, Dooru, Kokernag, Shangus, Bijbehara and Pahalgam.

Scores of the voters said that many gave up their plans to cast vote after authorities announced clubbing of the polling booths in the constituency.


In Lisser Chawalgam village of Kokernag segment, at least three polling stations catering to different locations were accommodated in a local higher secondary school.

 It included polling station of Shalnaad village as well, which is at least three kilometers away from the station.  

Those who casted their votes claimed that they had to enter secretly into the booth as the area had witnessed stone pelting.

“More people could have come to vote if the locations of the polling booths were not changed at the last moment. Many women didn’t cast their votes as they too had to travel kilometres to reach to the polling station,” said a voter, who had come from Shalnaad to cast his vote at higher secondary school Lisser.

Similarly polling booths in rural areas of Anantnag, Pahalgam too were clubbed, which reportedly affected the voting percentage of these areas.

“South Kashmir usually witnesses low voting percentage. The change in the location of polling booths has further the participation,” said a polling officer.

National Conference Candidate for Anantnag, Retired Justice Hasnain Masoodi, told The Kashmir Monitor that the clubbing of the polling booth was the main reason behind the low voting percentage in many areas.

“The polling booths of Jeshnaad and Makawora have been accommodated in government buildings, which are five to eight kilometers away from these villages. It has made the entire voting exercise inconvenient for the people,” he said.

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) earlier also said that clubbing of the polling stations for Parliament elections in Jammu and Kashmir will affect the participation of people in the elections.

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Security bandobast not up to the mark: Mir




Srinagar, Apr 23: The Congress Candidate from Anantnag Parliamentary Constituency Ghulam Ahmad Mir Tuesday conveyed his gratitude to voters for participating in polling in Anantnag and hoped that the people of other districts will follow suit.

Mir, in a statement, also expressed serious concern over the lack of security arrangements in Anantnag, saying that “the fool-proof security as was assured by the ECI were not visible on the ground, describing it as a lack of concern on the part of ECI.”

“I express my gratitude to voters for participating in polling in Anantnag,” he said saying that he was pleased to observe that the day has passed incident free.


Taking a jibe at ECI for lack of security arrangements in the district during polling, Mir said the required security arrangements were not seen on the ground in the Anantnag.

“The assurances of ECI with regard to fool-proof security arrangements have fallen flat, which was a matter of serious concern and should not be repeated in coming phases in South Kashmir,” he said.

Mir urged upon the ECI to look into the security aspect of south Kashmir and ensure that fool-proof security arrangements are put in place to ensure free, fair and incident-free elections.

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