SRINAGAR: A young downtown resident from Rainawari area has quit computer engineering course to become a novelist. The 19-year-old Faheem Bhat has published his first book, slated to be released in coming days.
Faheem has written ‘Wandering for Love’ a novel set in the United States that tells the story of a boy whose prolonged study, has turned him a reckless, carefree person, who at the end loses his faith in reality. It is a self published at notion press and available at Amazon and other online e-commerce portals.
The idea of moving from engineering to writing began in 2015 when Faheem was pursuing a diploma course in computer engineering. He had been into reading novels of John Green, Paulo Caehlo when he was at school.
“I picked up the habit of reading from my friends in my school. I started with Green. When I was done with 10th class, I joined three-year diploma course in computers. I soon began losing interest in the subject,” Faheem told Kashmir Reader. “Then I sat alone at home. I took the decision of becoming a writer. I quit the course next day and began thinking of writing a book.”
Faheem conceptualised the book and had extensive discussions with his friends. In one year he finished the script and began looking for the publisher.
“This was the most difficult phase, but I kept on pushing it, and finally reached to notion press, which agreed to publish my work,” he added.
At present, Faheem has just completed his 10th class. He is joining to join school for pursuing further education and take up English literature as his subject.
Faheem’s father Ghulam Nabi is a businessman who cherished his son becoming an engineer. “This is the best decision I have taken in my life. I am content. My father told me to keep writing as a hobby and not as a profession. I disagreed, and later, he allowed me to take it up,” he said. “Power, fame, money, respect is what a successful life has. Writing gives it all. It may take some more years to achieve it, I won’t mind, but this is what I have decided to become, the step for which I have already taken successfully,” he said.