How the unrest inspires young Valley writers to tell their stories

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The youth of Kashmir have always proven themselves in all walks of life, whether at home or away from home, despite the harsh environment and conflict that has lasted for decades.

Whether in the field of art, culture, sport, music, politics, etc., they impose themselves and often achieve surprising successes. Continuing this trend, now many young people do well in the field of literature as writers of prose and poetry in recent years after witnessing the conflict and unrest in the valley.

“No place for good”

Abdullah Bin Zubair, 12, a student at Delhi Public School (DPS) Srinagar wrote a book which is a collection of poems – “No Place For Good” and was published in June this year at a reception organized by the famous of the valley. Jay Kay Books publishing house.

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Abdullah said: “It all started when I was 8 years old. I remember in 2016 the turmoil when our schools were closed and I was homebound, tired of the lockdown. I began to write down my feelings and observations in the form of poems. I have found that I can write. I continued to write poems, with no idea that one day these poems will take the form of a book. By the end of 2019, I had a reasonable number of poems on my laptop. It was then that the idea of ​​collecting my best poems in a book came to me. Fast forward to 2021, in the midst of this pandemic and finally my book has arrived. “

Abdullah said his interest in reading was piqued by the stories of Mayal Khairabadi, Aesop, Hans Christian Anderson and Ruskin Bond.

“I gradually turned to authors like Leo Tolstoy, Mitch Albom, Agha Shahid Ali, Franz Kafka and Paulo Coelho. In addition, I started to criticize books including Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom and The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, which were then published in reputable newspapers, ”he said. said, adding that his poems have been published in an online journal. literary magazine called indianculutralforum.com.

‘Cemetery’

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At the age of seventeen, Towfeeq Wani wrote a novel, The Graveyard – Saga of Millon Bloodstained Flowers, based on the 2008, 2009 and 2010 mass uprisings in the valley. It took Towfeeq nearly seven months to write the novel.

He would put his lessons aside to work on the book. “My classmates at AMU would go out to watch movies, but I used to take time to be able to write,” said Towfeeq, from Baramulla district in northern Kashmir. The book was published by Power Publishers, Kolkata.

‘Tears are falling in my heart’

Originally from the hamlet of Tral in southern Kashmir, Adnan Shafi is the only author of a collection of English poetry in his region. His book, “Tears are falling in my heart” is a collection of poems and was published by the “World Brotherhood of Poets” in 2018.“I grew up seeing tragedies occur frequently in the valley. I have seen conflict and violence unfold there. I have seen and met many victims of this situation. This is why you find pain and sorrow in most of my writing, ”Adnan said.

The book also portrays, using very common and eloquent comparisons and metaphors, the life of ordinary people in Kashmir and successfully draws a parallel between the beauty of the place and the hardships people face.

“I started writing poems after 2016. I kept it a secret until my book was published,” he added.

The book was launched into a literary function in Haryana by publishers in 2019. In 2020, Adnan was honored by the Gujarat Sahitya Academy because his writing stood out among 350 writers in the competition.

‘Broken dreams’

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Examining the two-decade-long Kashmir conflict, a 29-year-old girl from Baramulla district in northern Kashmir has written a novel that highlights the daily injustice and discrimination that women in the valley face. faced.

Azra Mufti has so far written two books and is working on his third book. She also writes for local and national newspapers and magazines. The books were titled “Tearful Pages” and “Shattered Dreams”.

“Tearful Pages” released in 2016. It was based on gender-based violence. Shattered Dreams is about mental health issues, ”she said, adding that she was inclined to write about her experience living in the valley.

“My writings also talk about mental illness like depression and how a person can break away from within and the consequences of the ongoing conflict on the aspirations of the younger generation in Kashmir,” Mufti said.

Do you remember Kunan Poshpora?

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Do you remember Kunan Poshpora? is a 2016 non-fiction book written by five Kashmiri women – Essar Batool, Ifrah Butt, Munaza Rashid, Natasha Rather and Samreena Mushtaq. The book concerns the alleged 1991 mass rape by Indian security forces and is part of a series on “Sexual Violence and Impunity in South Asia” published by Zubaan Books and supported by the Research Center for international Development. The book was officially published at the Jaipur Literature Festival.

Inspired by the public reaction to the gang rape of Nirbhaya in December 2012, the five young Kashmiri authors recount the night of February 23-24, 1991 in the district of Kupwara in the neighboring villages of Kunan and Poshpora, where the 68th Mountain Brigade of the 4th Rajputana Rifle killed several male members and allegedly raped a number of women.

“The night of the broken glass”

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The collection of stories by Kashmiri writer Feroz Rather – The Night of Broken Glass consists of thirteen stories that take us through Kashmiri tales that explore caste, war, gender, religion and even sexuality. The book was published by Harper Collins India.

“It took many years of thinking, but the actual writing took place from the summer of 2015 to the summer of 2017 while I was attending the PhD program at Florida State University,” Rather Daily said. local Greater Kashmir.

Farah Bashir’s – Rumors of Spring is the poignant memoir set in Kashmir in the 90s. The memoir examines a combat zone, survival skills and mindset that must necessarily be cultivated, eroding the self-esteem and dignity that occurs there.

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