Advice from the Elders
Advice from the Elders

One’s native language is a key part of their identity, and the wisdom contained in their proverbs is universally applicable. Read on to get insight into some of Kashmir’s most treasured proverbs and sayings!

One was lost to death, and the other to hallucination; v Akh Niov yaman ti byakh braman.


(The river ran for eight years, but the dampness lingered for sixty) v Aethan varyan pechh koel ti shethan varyan pok sreh. That whatever we do, whether good or evil, leaves a mark. They don’t slip lightly into oblivion. Actions have eternal consequences.

You can’t have light without dark, and you can’t really appreciate joy without sadness; v Goet nai aasi, Gash kith basi.

If I cannot attack you publicly, I may injure you covertly; v Hioer nai pilaey, zangai zilaey. That’s how it looks when those who can’t compete with others resort to whatever means necessary to damage those who can.

In other words, “v Aek choev mas ti baek choev haak ras” (one had a goblet of excellent wine, the other a cup of soup). Reflects unthinking mimicry.

Zanan hiund pochh gar gar gochh. Legtoes kriochh puchh sond mard. Visitors from the wife’s family are usually welcome, while those from the husband’s side are seldom thanked.

Kaih mat ditam, kan tal nitam. Instead of giving me money or items, just listen to me. That listening with empathy is more valuable than delivering assistance is shown here.

When prepared properly, both rice and conversation are satisfying. v Chhav yith batte ti daav yith kathe.

v. Panun pouzaar bab sund dussu. We wore my dad’s scarf and his shoes.

It indicates that the individual places a higher importance on his own financial success than on that of his family or others. It all started with a parable about a boy using his father’s beautiful shawl to polish the shoes he purchased with his first paycheck.

“Mullah is handing out bread loaves to his students,” or “v Akhoon Soob Begravan Shuren Hinz Chhocchi,” means that one is generous at the expense of others or that one takes credit for the work of others.

Crocking at one’s own place while laying eggs elsewhere is referred to as “v Kur Kur Karan Panne Gare, Thul Travan Lukund Gare.” Those with this personality are seen as being unfavourable by loved ones yet warm and kind to strangers.

v Mioth Gaamas ti krioth Panas, the practise of helping others at one’s own expense.

v Nev kath chha navan dohan states that no topic is brought up for debate for more than nine days. The news will soon be of little importance. A crime will be spoken about for a few days, and then forgotten about entirely. Nothing ever stops being discussed amongst people.

Son of a poor guy; why? v Gareebas gobur zaav anun keti. In other words, everyone is questioning the success of the poor. If a low-income family suddenly decides to purchase a vehicle, it raises eyebrows in our culture.

There are two kinds of friends: those who are there for you through thick and thin, and those who are only there when the going is good.

Being self-aware entails exposing oneself to danger, thus v Yem hiot su hoet. A sensitive person’s downfall is that he tends to worry too much about the world outside of himself.



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