CONTENTS:- 1. Background. 2. Kashmiri Pandits. 3. Daily routine. 4. Some reminiscences. 5. Our faith and identity. 6. Customs relating to marriage ceremony. 7. Marriages, outside the community. 8. Polished expressions. 9. Batanya, an apostle of womanhood. 10. Relating to the nature. 11. Tradition of faith and religion. 12. Tolerance and adaptability. 13. Shrines and temples. 14. 'Laer', a typical Kashmiri house. 15. Unique features of a Kashmiri Pandit. 16. Superstitions. 17. Kashmiri cuisine. 18. Music and songs of Kashmir. 19. Celebrations round a typical year. 20. Persecution faced by the community. 21. Infidel--an Unjust Epithet. 22. Professional profile. 23. Distinctive features. 24. Common ailments and their treatment. 25. Demeanor and etiquette. 26. Parallels and paradoxes. 27. Some interesting anecdotes. 28. Kashmiri Pandits, then and now. 29. Calculations for the future.
History has turned Kashmiri Pandits, the original inhabitants of Kashmir, into a miniscule minority community. The political developments and the militancy have forced them out of their hearths and homes. They are scattered all over the country and abroad. Obviously, therefore, their existence as a community with a distinct identity is in danger. The present book is intended to illustrate the unique features of this community, draw a portrait of their characteristics and give an insight into their intrinsic qualities. It gives a detailed account of their way of life, their rituals and festivals and all that goes into making of this enlightened community. It also shows the changes it has undergone in various ways and the manner it has adapted to the changed circumstances, while remaining firm with their roots and moorings. The book is intended to serve the twin purpose of giving a picture of the community to outsiders and rekindling a sense of pride among the Kashmiri Pandits about the richness of their culture, tradition, philosophy and their socio-religious character.