The joys of homely Kashmiri food spread over a â€˜dastar khwanâ€™, cloth on the floor, and eaten with the entire family are fast disappearing here. Itâ€™s the call of pizzas, pastas, French fries and burgers in the valley now.
Ask Henna Bashir, who works with an international insurance agency and celebrated her 22nd birthday at a pizza joint on the famed Hurriyat Road in the uptown Rajbagh area.
Henna says she and a group of her office colleagues – all in their 20s – are regular visitors to the eatery, a franchise of Mexican food chain Smokin Joes.
â€œI love pizzas. When your friends are with you, the delight is doubled,â€ said Henna.
She and her friends gulped down steaming chicken pizzas and cold drinks even as Bryan Adamsâ€™ â€œHere I am – this is meâ€¦. And tonight we make our dreams come trueâ€ number played in the background.
Henna is the face of a new Kashmir that is slowly getting a taste of global culture – and loving it. More.