When Jhelum Inspired Tagore’s Prose
by ZAHID MAQBOOL
Srinagar, Apr 5: During a cruise in Jhelum Thursday, former bureaucrat and expert on heritage, Muhammad Saleem Beg said the banks of this river had inspired noble laureate RN Tagore’s prose.
“Rabindar Nath Tagore has written a beautiful prose in this house. Another famous, Bengali poet AL Tagore has painted a wonderful painting in this house,” Beg said while pointing towards an old house on the Jheulm banks.
He said the river banks have been of historical importance for centuries. “The river banks were always important. In the past they acted as hubs of trade and transport. Some of them served as ration ghats, others housed shrines, temples and other landmarks,” said Beg who also heads the state Chapter of INTACH.
He said river cruise would make people know historically important places situated on the river banks. He said in the 19th century 46 Ghats were functional in the City where lot of activities including political rallies would take place.
The motorboat cruise was organized by Highland Journeys, a leading firm dealing with adventure tourism. With this, the firm led by prominent tour operator Rauf Tramboo started the cruise services from PirZoo Islands upto old City, a trip completed in two odd hours.
Talking about the cruise initiative, Tramboo who also heads TAAK said: “It will help people to know the heritage and culture of Srinagar. We have rich and wonderful history, why should we not use every means to highlight it.”
Others who were part of inaugural cruise were prominent columnist ZG Muhammad, journalist Imdad Saki, Dr Abdul Wahid, M Yousuf and Jaleel Rathore.