SRINAGAR: “Lost in Terror”, a book written by former BBC journalist and author Nayeema Mahjoor, was released on Tuesday at Media House, University of Kashmir in collaboration with Penguin India, Jammu and Kashmir Mahjoor Foundation (JKMF) and Media Education Research Centre (MERC).
The session started with the book reading session by the author who read out some of her favourite passages from the book.
In the panel discussion, filmmaker and coordinator MERC, Faruq Masudi, said “The book has been written in very lucid and simple manner,” he said, adding that a book is a book meant to be read and not judged.
Riyaz Masroor, BBC Correspondent, on the occasion said, “Art is all about the struggle of reminding masses about the past, impressing upon some bigger points. Journalists tell stories by beats and novelists tell stories from art.”
“Earlier men used to write stories and women used to read, however, the author has changed the trend,” he said.
Academician Neerja Mattoo while speaking during the panel discussion said the author has witnessed something which others have not and it is not just about fiction but undercurrent of truth. “The book talks about humiliation of women and violation of her privacy.”
Senior MERC faculty, Nasir Mirza, said, “The author has actually done a very great job. Being a journalist, there is a lot of authenticity, fairness in her work. The book is an individual story as well as a nation story.”
Justice (retd) Bashir Ahmad Kirmani while summing up the entire discussion on the book said, “Ultimately the purpose of entire literature is to make the masses think what the way forward is.”
The entire session was moderated by a Srinagar-based journalist