#TalsaGharreyBehew: Hashtag trends as Kashmiris ask each other to stay home


SRINAGAR — As COVID19 force-closes the entire world, the valley Twitterati is asking each other to stay at home with a hashtag in Kashmiri ‘TalsaGharreyBehew’ (which roughly translates to ‘Hey, stay at home.’) trending on Twitter.

“Can we trend #TalsaGharreyBehew. Let’s have our own Koshur Hashtag to spread awareness regarding COVID-19 via social media and stress upon the importance of staying at home during current crisis,” tweeted journalist Shuja ul Haq.

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He then nominated four more users to set the ball rolling who in turn continued with the chain till the hashtag became trending on Twitter.

Users wrote messages, both serious and funny, tagging them with #TalsaGharreyBehew.

“We also make a hashtag here in #KASHMIR which is #TalsaGharreyBehew, hope you retweet it,” tweeted one user Arif setting the ball rolling.

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“Stay at home and build your relation with Allah swt through Quran, Zikr and by offering nafl namaz..#TalsaGharreyBehew,” wrote Danish Nisar Wani.

“Is chicken consumption safe? #TalsaGharreyBehew,” tweeted user Saqib Salib asking a very common question about whether having chicken was safe during the current pandemic (something that doctors have already clarified that it is absolutely safe if it is properly washed and cooked.)

“You’ve got once in a lifetime opportunity to stay at home and chill, and yet be a hero and save the community. Don’t screw this up. #TalsaGharreyBehew,” tweeted another user Hanna Hamadani.

“Please understand you have nothing to do with “Naram Curfew te sakhat Curfew” Just stay inside #Khanyar #CoronaCurfew #TalsaGharreyBehew,” wrote Nadeem Shafi.

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The hashtag was top trending in Kashmir along with #CoronaStopKaroNa and #JanataCurfewMarch22.

Kashmir continued to be under a virtual lockdown for the second day on Friday as authorities imposed restrictions across all districts to contain the spread of coronavirus in the valley, which has recorded one positive case, officials said.

Friday prayers in the valley were observed in almost all the mosques although the attendance of people was thinner than usual.

At many places, Imams went ahead with short sermons and prayers with many offering only the mandatory Fardh prayers in the mosques and leaving soon to pray the rest in homes.

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