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HindustanTimes Fri,01 Aug 2014

Jammu

Snowed in, snowman-selfie a new rage in Kashmir
Peerzada Ashiq, Hindustan Times
Srinagar, January 03, 2014
First Published: 10:41 IST(3/1/2014)
Last Updated: 10:47 IST(3/1/2014)

Selfie, self-clicked images, might be a new-age craze on the social networking sites, however, Kashmir is bitten by a new rage: snowman-selfie clicks.

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Hundreds of the valley residents have flooded social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter with home-made, street-side, lane-side, lake-side and in-orchards snowman pictures.
 
“Kashmir has never before been captured with such diverse and enchanting beauty as this winter. A people’s artistic genius has again been revealed. Thank you to the FB. Thank you mobile cameras,” said Arjimand Hussain Talib, author and the valley’s known columnist.
 
The trail of pictures on threads and walls are so long and frequent as if these social networking has called for an unannounced competition of snowmen. Several people have carved huge animals, which have become source of attraction for locals, out of snow.
 
“Kashmir has a tradition of carving snowman out of snow. It has come as a way to celebrate much-awaited snowfall. The fact that children, several parents, farmers and some businessman take two month long winter vacations makes snowman-making a favourite past time,” said Naseer Ahmad, write of graphic novel ‘Kashmir Pending’.

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Several people have come up with the larger than life size snowmen. At Srinagar’s tourist hub Boulevard, salesmen have come up with huge snowmen on banks of the Dal lake to attract tourists.
 
“These snowmen are real show stoppers. Some have been draped in proper traditional dress. We stop by these huge snowman and even drop by at the shops. These snowmen are meticulously sculpted,” admitted Megha Jain, a tourist from Delhi.
 
Kashmir was snowed in on the eve of New Year. Capital Srinagar was carpeted with around one feet snow and other upper districts recorded between one to four feet of snow in 12-hour long continuous snowfall.
 
Freezing temperature ensures that snow stays on the ground and rooftops. “The minimum temperatures for the next 24 hours will be around -4°C,” said Srinagar meteorological director Sonum Lotus.
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Kashmir is expecting another round of snowfall around January 8.

 


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