Srinagar: ‘The Dawn’s Paucity-concealed thoughts unleashing’, an anthology of 12 poems by a budding 19-year old Kashmiri writer and poet, Faheem Rashid, was on Wednesday released at Burn Hall school here.
The book was released at the morning assembly of school where Faheem, a resident of Baghat-i-Kanipora in the Srinagar outskirts, had topped in the class 12 annual board examinations in science stream last year.
The book, although primarily inspired by the turmoil in Kashmir after killing of Hizb commander Burhan Wani on July 8 2016, also highlights the humanitarian crisis the world over.
Faheem has self published the anthology with the Srinagar-based Lieper Publication.
Talking to Kashmir Reader on the sidelines of the event, Faheem said that he had completed the anthology during the 6-month turmoil itself in 2016 as a class 11 student.
“As it was turmoil then, I didn’t get time to publish it. And I was a bit more focused on my studies,” he recalled.
The basic inspiration jotting down the poems, Faheem said, was “to highlight the very point that students are the main sufferers” of any turmoil.
“This is an old saying that you don’t come to know about anything unless and until you first experience it firsthand,” Faheem said.
“Depressed” over being “home paralyzed” for months altogether during the peak turmoil period of 2016, Faheem however saw inkling in the dark.
“I transformed that negativity into positivity and inspiration. And came up with this idea (writing the anthology),” he said.
Coincidentally, Faheem had begun to develop a taste for poetry a month before the turmoil or so.
“I began to write poems only in June, 2016,” he added.
With dearth of publishing houses in the valley, Faheem said he had no option than to self publish the book with Lieper.
“I couldn’t move outside the valley because of my studies. And I was also not keeping well. Self publishing was the only option left,” he added.
He also thanked the Burn Hall school management for its warm reception to the book launch.