Did You Know These Writers & Their Award-Winning Books
Known by the heaven on earth “Kashmir” has always been in the headlines around the globe for its never-ending fight of Peace & freedom. Despite having so much young talent never being highlighted by the western media. Kashmir besides being the most beautiful city on the earth has got some really great talent such as great writers, dancers, musicians, poets, YouTubers and many more.
Though never given any big platforms to perform, every talent has chosen their way to tell their stories. Today in this post you will read about 3 most popular writers and their award-winning books which hit the bestselling book market yet still unread & unknown to the millions of readers.
- Curfewed Night By Basharat Peer
First Published in 2010. Book won Crossword Prize for Non-Fiction and was chosen among the Books of the Year by The Economist and The New Yorker. The book was accepted very well and appreciated. The book is about the author’s personal tale of sufferings while being a Kashmiri, starting from the 1990’s militancy, bullets, The army’s suppression over innocent people and other painful stories to be heard. Basically, the story is of every other Kashmiri who has suffered the ongoing pain which hasn’t ended yet. The book ends in April 2005 where bus service is started between two countries through Muzaffarabad road as a peace sign. The book explains everything about the ground realities happening on the grounds of Kashmir and makes a reader go through it visually while turning the pages.
The Author “Basharat Peer” himself hails from Kashmir (IOK). He attended school in the valley of Kashmir and continued his education after matriculation in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh away from his birthplace. He studied political science at Aligarh University and journalism at Columbia University. Peer started his career as a reporter at Rediff and now is working as Staff Editor at New York Times Opinion.
- The Collaborator By Mirza Waheed
First Published in 2011. Book is authored by Mirza Waheed. The debut novel is basically the story set on IOK’s last village before the border which separates it from POK. The narrator in the novel is a 19-year-old boy who ends up working for Indian army, counting the number of militants killed in encounters with the Indian army. The novel is divided into three sections.
The first part includes the story of the narrator, whose family are the only ones to have stayed in the village while everyone else has fled, his friends went to train in Pakistan and left him behind. The second section charts the consequences of his friends’ departure amid the increasing brutality of the Indian crackdown in Kashmir, and the final part returns us to the story of the Collaborator and his relationship with the Indian captain who employs him.
Along the way, the author gives us a portrait of Kashmir. He reveals, with great sensitivity and anger that arises from compassion, what it is to live in a part of the world that is regarded by the national government as the enemy within, and by the government next door as a strategic puppet. The book has questions. Why is his village empty, save for him and his parents? Why did his four friends join the armed struggle, and why didn’t he go with them? How long can he continue to nod and listen to the drunken Indian captain, who boasts of his success in killing Kashmiri boys?.
The author Mirza Waheed was born in Srinagar, Kashmir. He worked for the BBC for ten years but quit in 2011 to devote himself full-time to writing and raising his children. He lives in London with his wife and children away from his hometown, continuing his passion for writing. He plays cricket for the Author XI team, which is composed of British writers.
- The Half Mother By Shahnaz Bashir
First Published in 2014, authored by Shahnaz Bashir. The author has tried to through a light on the less-discussed issue of disappearances since the late 1990s. Discussing the pain, agony and unrightful oppression on Kashmiri people they have been suffering from the 1990s’.The book revolves around the Haleema, a resident of Srinagar, Kashmir and her only disappeared Son who was taken away by the Indian army and never really shown or given back. The book shares the pain of hundreds of mothers who lost their son’s in resistance fights.
The author takes readers on the journey of Kashmir roads, in the ’90s through the protagonist Haleema and her search for her only son. Every reader feels the pain and agony by experiencing the Haleema’s pain of visiting the infamous torture camp Papa 2, to local army camps. She visits every place hoping to find him. Every passing day is a struggle for survival and longing. The book unfolds gradually, from this cheerful life of the family to the wounds that remain unhealed.
The author Shahnaz Bashir was born in Srinagar, Kashmir. Shahnaz Bashir teaches narrative journalism and conflict reportage at the Central University of Kashmir. The book has won many prestigious awards.
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