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Kashmiri Proverbs

Author Name: Dr. Raj Kachru | Format: Paperback | Genre : Reference & Study Guides | Other Details

This book, written during the pandemic, is the brainchild of the author, based primarily on the Kashmiri sayings the elders used to quote and intersperse during their day-to-day conversations. Such special sayings, the proverbs, are gems of wisdom that give advice about life. Proverbs do reflect and demonstrate national events, social customs and vices, and are found in all languages and societies alike. As rightly said by a Panamanian, “Proverb is to speech what salt is to food.” Generations have passed, but those proverbs are relevant even today.  These proverbs, handed over through word of mouth, might slowly dwindle and vanish from our lives as our future generations are bound to distance themselves from the use of Kashmiri language due to circumstances created by the design, compulsion or choice. This concern prompted me to document these proverbs. 

The compilation has 101 Kashmiri proverbs in English, Urdu and Hindi, to ensure better reach. The meaning of each word is annexed with an elaborate description, interpretation and usage with illustrative examples, wherever possible. These proverbs are hoped to invoke interesting memories in Kashmiris, in particular and a positive  reception from other regions as well, by recapitulating similar proverbs in their own languages.

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Dr. Raj Kachru

Raj Kachru, a Kashmiri Pandit, hails from the family of famous 18th century leading Kashmiri Poetess,”Arnimal,” known for poignant poetry and Munshi Bhawani Dass Pandit Kachru, an erudite Persian scholar and historian.

Raj Kachru did his earlier schooling in the valley, graduation at IIT, Kharagpur and Ph.D. in USA.  A globe trotter, he has worked in USA, Iran and India, including IIT, Kharagpur, in almost all capacities encompassing  teaching, R&D, research management and consultancy.  The last position held by him was as Assistant Director-General (Process Engineering ) at ICAR, New Delhi. Raj Kachru, during his 50 years of professional career, has published more than 380 papers, 15 books, designed and developed 18 prototypes and delivered more than 150 invited  lectures in India and abroad. He has received many national and international awards including the prestigious Gold Medal by the Institution of Engineers (India), ISAE Commendation Medal for R & D and Rajendra Prasad Award by the ICAR .

Raj Kachru has a passion for literature especially Urdu and English poetry and love for all types of music and the Gazal singing. At present, Raj Kachru lives in Bhopal with his wife Madhu (former Prof. & Head, Sociology, Post Graduate Women’s College, Bhopal).