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4/28/2015

A Short Note


Gilgit Baltistan, a region surrounded by mighty grey and black peaks of Himalaya, Karakorum, Hindu Kusch and Pamir Ranges, the glittering milky mountain caps, transforming themselves to gold at nights, the wide crystal blue sky, the breeze, unique culture and its beautiful inhabitants invites the world to witness the unseen beauty , explore and get more close to nature.

It is the land from where Europeans, Africans, Arabians, Armenians, Greeks and Asians trade via shahra-e-reshem (silk rout) and a great cultural exchange of the major part of the world was done by these traders during unending their journey.
 Home of Aryans, descendents of Alexander the great and some other ethnic groups, who speak indo-European languages.
It is the place where India met Eurasian planet and formed mighty ranges of Himalayas, Gilgit is home to 6 out of 14 eight thousander peaks of world. It shares its borders with china, India, Afghanistan and Indian occupied Kashmir.

WHEN DEW FREEZES

























Go-lee/ Giyaling

We have a variety of  appetizing traditional food,that are  served on special occasions or  to special guests.Go-lee is one of my favorite dish and i loved it since my child hood.I still remember  my mami(mom)  preparing for it on the occasion of Ganoni and us (me and my brothers)  sitting around the Bukhari (local stove) in excitement and wait till the last Go-lee was made and along with  Dadii (Grandmother) we used to pay a visit to our wheat fields for rituals of Ganoni,Dadiii holding  holding a platter of Go-lee and all of us behind her.what beautiful days those were!

basically it is served in breakfast with tea .its kind of weird for some people to add salt in tea instead of sugar but in northern Pakistan drink saltish tea and the combination of Go-lee and tea is savory if  ginger and black pepper is added in tea.

I would love my readers to try the tempting dish at home so here you go .

Ingredients and utensils you need.
  1. Plain flour  500g
  2. Eggs 2
  3. Salt (as per requires)
  4. water 2 cups(milk optional)shift it on a flatter
  5. Butter (home made) 200g
  6.  Cooking oil 1 table spoon
  7. Deep bowl 
  8. Coffee scoop
  9. Pan
  10. platter
  11. Table spoon
Method
  1. Take a large deep bowl.add flour, a table spoon butter and salt to taste. 
  2. Whisk eggs well and add them on the flour bowl.
  3.  Add water and whisk all the ingredients until they are  mixed well.
  4.  You can add a pinch of baking powder but its optional.
  5.  Heat a pan over  moderate heat and grease it with cooking oil. 
  6. Fill coffee scoop of mixture and spread it on the preheated pan adjust the heat accordingly.
  7. if the temperature is right it will turn golden/brown underneath in 50 seconds.
  8. If it is golden flip it to cook the other side and cook it for another 40 seconds.flip it again and cook for 15 seconds
  9. when Go-lee is cooked well shift it on a platter take a table spoon of butter and spread well.
  10. repeat the process(step 6-9) to make another Go-lee.
Happy Eating  :)

4/20/2015

THE CANNIBAL KING

Picture Shari Badat the Cannibal Sheen king (Raa) 0f Gilgit Baltistan is one of the most important figures in Gilgit's history. He is the last Sheen king.
Illustration by Jayachandran/MinT
According to the tales of Gilgit it is said that his subjects were to give him a lamb every day for meal. It was mandatory for everyone to bring it to his palace and they followed him without any objection as he was the ruler. Once there was a poor woman she had only one sheep that died after giving birth to a lamb, there was no other way to provide milk to the little lamb so the lady feed the lamb with her own milk then it was her turn to send the king a lamb, she only had that lamb so she brought it to the palace for that day’s meal. The lamb was slaughtered and meal was cooked by his servants. When they served the meal and he had his first bite it was the most delicious meal he had tasted so far. When he was done with his meal he called his servants and inquired why the meal was so tasty and who brought lamb for meal. They answered about the poor woman, he ordered his servants to bring her to the palace, and they followed what he said. That poor woman was in front of him, he asked her why the lamb' meat was that much tasty as compared to the meat he had in his meals so far. She replied him that the lamb was brought up by feeding her own milk. He was amazed and it was the point when the wicked thought came into his mind. He thought if a lamb brought up with the milk of this poor woman tastes so good how much pleasure it will give when he eat human flesh! thus, he decided to change the rule. He declared that from now onwards he wants a human baby every day for his meal and his people were subjected to obey him.

 
PictureIt was very hard for them to follow his order but once an order was made there was no way for denial .He started consuming human flesh by killing a baby every day. His people were worried allot because he was eating up all the new born kids so they went to his daughter Miyo Khai and asked for the help. The princess with her husband Azur Jamshed agreed to help the people of Gilgit and planned to stop the cruelty of the king. They decided to bring him to death but there was a big problem as the king was not an ordinary human being he had some magical powers. He couldn’t be killed with a simple sword or by poisoning as his life was associated with something that even Miyo doesn’t knew. She cleverly trapped him and found the truth that his life is associated with butter (Gew).She thought he can only be killed by melting all the butter they have in the palace. They all made a plan, According to which she will melt all the butter on fire at night while the people were ordered to bring a bunch of burning alpine sticks with them. They dig the front part of the palace and cover it with dry grass so he couldn’t see it so when the king feel the heat in his heart while his daughter will be melting the butter and he will try to come out for fresh air and will fell into the den and they will burn him. The plan was successful he came out and fell into the well they put all the burning fire in their hands on him but he disappeared and never came back.
It is said that he was appeared in Hanzel ,situaded in between Gilgit city and Punyal. A man was working in his field while his woman was bringing him meal when she saw Shari Badat he asked her for a glass of water but she didn’t have water so she gave him a glass of wine. He cursed her by saying if you would have offered me water I would have blessed your coming generations by saying ("shall daryae boo"="may you have 100 sons") but, you offered me wine I will say ("sat daryo jo body na bo" may your wont have more than 7 sons") by saying this he disappeared again. it is said that he is still in the glaciers of Ishkoman and will one day come back and take revenge from the people of Gilgit baltistan.Any how Since then in the memory of that day every year on December 21st the the death of Shari Badat is celebrated every year and that day is called Noce or Nasalo by Shina speakers.

ANGLO BRUSHO WAR


Nagar and Hunza, situated in the Northern territories of Pakistan  were originally one principality known as Buroshall, having central government at  Capal Dongs. After the reign of Miyor Khan his sons divided Buroshall into two regions, Nagar and Hunza. the Hunza River was declared the borderline between the territories. Muglot became  the king of Nagar while Kirkis held the throne of Hunza. Both regions were rivals for  many years. It was the year 1891 when Anglo-Brusho war was fought that bring both the rulers closer to act as allies and fight with British Army. 
The Anglo-Brusho War was between the Principality of current Hunza-Nager and the troops of British India and was fought in Nilt (a village in Nagar ).The  campaign was outwardly due to the Aggressive attitude of the Hunza and Nagar chiefs towards the British agent at Gilgit as they had their own set of rules and were ruling as monarch since ages. Towards the end of the 19th century the  royal troops began consolidating territory in tribal areas. These tribes began to acquire rifles and ammunition from Russians. The  British suspected Russian involvement with the Rulers of these States and a plan of war was set against Hunza-Nagar.
commanded a force with approximately a thousand rifles and two guns and attacked the region at night.
Some local inhabitants from Mayoon (village on the other side of the river between Hunza and Nagar ), armed with a single Urssi/tumak (a weapon might be it looked like riffle attached to a wooden stand and having Russian bullet ) and only one Russian bullet in it climbed  a peak (the name of that peak is  Sheekar) nearby.
They set the target and attacked the British Army. Attack from the other side of the river created an alarming situation for the Britishers thus, they intended to leave the battle. Unfortunately there were local black sheeps too who worked for British army and they knew the people of Mayoon had only one Bullet.
The British awarded three Victoria Crosses during this campaign. The Victoria Cross (VC) is the highest military decoration awarded for valour "in the face of the enemy" to members of the armed forces of various commonwealth countries, and previous  British Empireterritories.
The King("Thum" in Brushaski and "Ra" in Shina ) Azur Khan was exiled and sent to Kashmir while the people lose the war.
Today, it is not just the Nilt Fort that disappeared, there was a fort(Kot) in Maiun (Mayoon) too. It's not by Britishers who stormed the fort but the local people and Central Government of Hunza of that time. The fort was built by the Ruler of Hunza on a land acquired from people of Mayoon by force.  Later that land was sold to the locals by the Mir of Hunza and still there  a  room where the owner who bought it from the Mir uses it as a store room of hay for his cattle. Almost same thing happened to the following historical places;
Chaprote Fort
Thol Fort
Pissan Fort  
The importance of these assets have not be understood by locals and even successive governments in past that resulted in the deprivation of  the region's tourism sector. Due the carelessness of our own people and the ruling authority we are losing a number historical places while the world is still unaware of the potential of tourism sector in Gilgit Baltistan