The 19-year-old Hijab Farooq from Beerwah area of Budgam district started writing poems when he was just 13. He has already penned two books on poetry. His latest one fetched him an appreciation certificate from India Book of Records.
In July and October, this year, he auditioned in the India Got Talent show in the poetry category. His soulful poems propelled him to secure a berth in the finale of All India Mushaira 2021.
He first had his audition via online mode in July 2021, and second was in October 2o21, after which he received an official mail for his selection in the finale of India Got Talent.
“I cleared two auditions and got selected for the finale and stood second in the poetry category. I will be in the first team out of a total five teams comprising both boys and girls, '' he says.
Rehearsals for the grand show shall begin from December 2021 at the India Got Talent (IGT) Studios, Mumbai.
Hailing from Bonzanigam area of Beerwah in central Kashmir’s Budgam district, Hijab has done his schooling from Government High School Sail. He did his intermediary from Government Boys Higher Secondary Beerwah.
He is currently pursuing a diploma in Aviation from Federal Aviation Academy at Tulsi Bagh, Srinagar.
“I was very much interested in aviation so I joined the Federal Aviation Academy, as I wanted to be part of the industry,” he adds.
Narrating his journey into the world of poems, Hijab says he started writing when he was just 13. “I wrote my first poem ‘Farishta’, an angel which actually was based on my own dream.”
As per Hijab he had seen an angel in a dream, this is where he picked the name for his first poem.
He says he had not much knowledge about literature but with the passage of time he started reading literature and in 2020, he finally ended up with publishing his first book ‘Khawaab Sa Shruwat’.
“My first book was published in 2020. Comprising almost 60 poems, on varied subject matter ‘ Farishta’ angel, ‘Duniya’ the world, Khaliq Se Faryaad, plea to creator , ‘ Mera Ustad, my teacher, Jadoo Aur Sacha Imaan, Magic and true faith are a few poems of the book,” he says.
In 2021 his second book ‘Khwaab Sa Shruwat’ won an appreciation certificate from India Book of Records.
“I am currently working on two more poetry books of which one is based on human instinct,” he says.
The literary journey was never easy for him. He says he has seen a lot of ups and downs in his life, but declined to give up.
“I learnt from these ups and downs though there was no one to show me the platform where I can showcase my skill and no one to guide me,” he says.
He says he himself started to find a way on his own to exhibit his talent to the people.
“One day I was scrolling through my Instagram account where I saw the post of India Got Talent after which I got excited and thought this could help me to reach my destination,” he says.
He went through the registration process and auditions and finally got selected for the show.
“I want to make my parents feel proud. During this phase they helped and supported me a lot. And I am grateful to the India Got Talent team who identified my talent and selected me,” he says.