Kashmir's Half Widows

09/02/2011 02:53 pm ET | Updated Nov 02, 2011
  • Mallika Kauer Guernica

Bilquees Begum* repeatedly asks whether my tea is too sweet. She smiles and adds how her husband Ahmed told her that city people liked their tea tasteless. But her smile disappears as she opens a brown suitcase, which the family keeps under lock and key. Inside are all the legal papers that Bilquees cannot read, but knows by heart.

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