Posted on: 1 July 2013

Digital Rare Book:
A Dictionary of Kashmiri Proverbs & Sayings - Explained and illustrated from the rich and interesting folklore of the Valley
By Rev. J. Hinton Knowles.
Published by Education Society's Press, Bombay - 1885

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Photograph of a Kashmiri family group in the modern-day state of Jammu and Kashmir, taken by an unknown photographer in the 1890s. Jammu and Kashmir is a Himalayan region in north-western India famous for its lovely mountain scenery and lakes. Kashmiris work mainly on the land, producing crops and tending animals. Kashmir is also famous for its woollen textiles and the people produce fine shawls and carpets still using traditional methods going back centuries. The three seated women in the photograph are working on hand-operated charkhas or spinning-wheels; the right hand turns the handle and the left spins the thread onto the reel.

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Rahul Bindroo FYI-A

Quite remarkable. The grandmother looks a bit grim, doesn't she? Is the child on the left smoking a hookah??

Amazing picture showing times long lost. The grandmother seems to have lost her teeth and look this way due to that. :)

Autar-ji, Vinayak, seen this?

शायद का ही १८८५ फोटो होगा !

Rare Book Society of India Complexion of people photographed does not match with kashmir !!!!!!

At least one proverb given in the book along with explanation made its way into Salman Rushdie's Shalimar the Clown (2005).

Dushyant Bhada: SearchKashmir says..."A photograph hardly does justice to native beauty; the fair olive complexion comes out much darker than it appears to the eye, on account of its being a partially non-actinic colour." ~ British photographer Samuel Bourne in Narrative of a photographic trip to Kashmir (Cashmere) and adjacent territories (1867).