Cups of nun chai


Author: Alana Hunt

9788193349212 | Flexibound | pp. 316 | 2020 | Yaarbal Books

Cups of nun chai by Alana Hunt records the sharing of one hundred and eighteen cups of nun chai, and just as many conversations.

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Cups of nun chai records the sharing of one hundred and eighteen cups of nun chai, and just as many conversations. Each cup was a part of a growing memorial for one hundred and eighteen civilians killed in the protests that shook the Kashmir valley during the summer of 2010.

In these exchanges the political unfolds through a profoundly personal experience, and events, places and sentiments that are often obscured from view are given breathing space. People, homes, memory—and flavour—combine to make tangible what so many outside Kashmir do not know.

This is an archive of small moments, marking each loss and moving against the normalisation of political violence and death. Spanning the spheres of contemporary art, literature, social-science and journalism, Cups of nun chai is a poignant act of memorialisation—a means of remembering, reading and reminding.

Adroit, and shot through with an extraordinary, even stubborn, compassion, it reflects on Kashmir, but also on nation-making and colonisation, and on power and violence. The histories, political forces and grief behind this work emerge gradually, but with great sensitivity. And eventually with an unexpected degree of ferocity.

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About the Author

Alana Hunt, an artist and writer based in Miriwoong country in the north-west of Australia, first visited Indian administered Kashmir in 2009 when she was studying at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi. She initially came to New Delhi in early 2008 on an artist residency and gradually heard of Kashmir through books, films and people she met.


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