Says Kashmiris need to understand importance of cultural events
Two books ‘The Trader of War Stories,’ a novel and ‘Musings on Global Politics,’ an anthology of political essays written by a young Kashmiri writer Naveed Qazi were released here on Sunday.
Speaking on the occasion Qazi said cultural aspect in the city has taken a slug and Kashmiris need to understand that there is a certain societal importance of cultural events. He said there is a great platform for cultural extension in Srinagar city. More cultural events will lead to dialogue and people will get a chance to rediscover their culture. Naveed said he believed his book ‘Musings on Global Politics’ will benefit students of Peace and Conflict Studies, Journalism, Liberal arts as the book is an anthology of his columns in a newspaper.
The event was moderated by journalist and writer, Fahad Shah who said Naveed’s anthology is not restricted to Kashmir only as he has written about the conflicts around the world and has the global understanding of politics. Launching his two books, Naveed said, “It is a unique event for me as people usually launch one book and last year was wonderful after I wrote 40 Op-eds, so today I have launched two of my books and I am ready for the criticism.”
Naveed had started writing his book since September 2014 and conflicts, dictatorships, power dominance and struggles around the world motivated him. “Starting from 2014 it took me around three and a half years to write his book. Initially I thought it will take five years to complete but thanks to the Almighty I gripped my novel before.” Naveed also said that if time allows he is thinking of writing a book on Kashmir as well since he has already written blogs on Kashmir.
“When you talk of Kashmir you need to research a lot. You have to be a responsible person to write for Kashmir as you need to study different aspects,” Naveed said.
Senior journalists, writers from the valley were present on the occasion who applauded efforts of Naveed. Z. G. Muhammad, a senior journalist and writer said, “I feel very happy when younger generation takes the profession of publishing books. Youngsters are not wasting their time and I am thrilled that a young man has come up with a novel,” Muhammad said.
Dr. Aijaz Hussain, Former Academician said, “I am proud to be a Kashmiri. For non-fiction, you have to choose a path, you convey your feelings through writing and I am glad that Naveed has chosen a path of writing to express.” Nazir Ganaie, a journalist and singer also congratulated Naveed, his parents over his book and enthralled the audience with his melodious voice.