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Covid-19 lockdown helped Pampore youth to pen ‘Walk Alone’

Post by on Sunday, August 29, 2021

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Lately, Kashmir has seen the emergence of several young writers on the literary scene who with their dedication and hard work inspired many with their works. They proved their mettle and made good use of Covid-19 induced lockdown. One such writer is 23-year-old Mohammad Mubariq Sofi from Kadlabal locality of Pampore town in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district. 
The budding author got his book ‘Walk Alone’ published and is currently working on another book based on youth which shall be released in few months. The creative young author is a student of B.A first-year at Amar Singh College, Srinagar.
The Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdown offered Mubariq a lot of free time and he got into writing poems. “I started working on the book during last year’s lockdown and finished it in just two months,” said Mubariq. The book was published by  ‘Depista Books' in October last year.
Mubariq believes that the lockdown period was an ideal time to finish writing the book. “With online education and no physical classes, we as students were less exhausted and had the leverage to enjoy other hobbies and activities on daily basis. Due to Covid-19 restrictions and limited outdoor activities, I was able to finish the stories in just two months,” he added.
Mubariq started writing quotes and poems at the age of 13. He dove into reading instead to pass the time.  Even when he couldn’t read or write, he loved flipping pages and asking what each picture meant.
The Covid-19 lockdown was a fruitful time for him as he finished most of the work on the book then. This gave him the opportunity to delve deeper into each moment, which he would not have been able to with his routine schedules.
“My book consists of quotes and some poems related to love, pain and life. Poems are short, simple, and also easy to read and comprehend,” said Mubariq. The book is interesting and bound to keep the reader engaged and enthralled.
In this era, when everyone is occupied by gadgets, it is important to keep connection with books alive, he said. “This not only enhances creativity but also improves language skills.”
“I love journaling since I was too young. Writing is my passion and as cruel as this sound, I love it because it gives me the freedom to create and control,” Mubariq added.
Belonging to a middle-class family, the author had to cope with harsh circumstances throughout his journey. Mubariq received no support from his family initially but convinced of his passion and hard work, they supported him which gave him the requisite confidence to go ahead.
Despite being busy with his academics, Mubariq had a natural urge for literary pursuits and it helped him to pen the book.
“I have read some very useful books on prose and poetry written by eminent writers, which helped me a lot in improving my literary skills and reading habits. I have also participated in anthologies like, The Silent Waves, Hiraeth, My hero My dad, First date with love, The merged miracle of pen and many more,” he said.
The book ‘Walk Alone’ was well received by the audience and received an overwhelming response. The book is currently available on Amazon, Play store and Kindle platforms.
“A little dedication can lead to great achievements and everyone should try to read more books,” said Mubariq.
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“With online education and no physical classes, we as students were less exhausted and had the leverage to enjoy other hobbies and activities on daily basis. Due to Covid-19 restrictions and limited outdoor activities, I was able to finish the stories in just two months,”
“My book consists of quotes and some poems related to love, pain and life. Poems are short, simple, and also easy to read and comprehend,”
“It is important to keep connection with books alive…This not only enhances creativity but also improves language skills… Writing is my passion and as cruel as this sound, I love it because it gives me the freedom to create and control,”
 
 

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