Question: Who is your favorite author and why?
It is so difficult to choose one.
I’d go with Aga Shahid Ali, the legendary Kashmiri poet, who started writing poems at the tender age of 12 and was exposed to Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s work at the same time. Ali’s work spoke about the longing he felt for home. His work reflected the yearning hope to see peace returning to Kashmir. The poem “Postcard from Kashmir” is the mirror of his love for his motherland:
Kashmir shrinks into my mailbox,
My home a neat four by six inches.
This is home. And this the closest
I’ll ever be to home. When I return,
the colours won’t be so brilliant,
the Jhelum’s waters so clean,
My love so overexposed.
Ali expressed his love and concern for his people in In Memory of Begum Akhtar and The Country Without a Post Office, which was written with the Kashmir conflict as the backdrop. That is why he is my favorite author.
Young Adnan Shafi (23) was born and brought up in a middle class educated Bhat family, which belongs to Chandrigam in the Tral area of Kashmir valley. He is a poet, writer, columnist, translator, short story writer, reviewer, Ghazal-writer and an editor.
His poetry book Tears Fall in My Heart depicts the sorrows and vicissitudes of life. There are various hues in his poems ranging from love to loneliness and despair. Besides, his poetry is replete with the simplicity of thought and language. Some of the poems are autobiographical in nature and relate to his own life’s vows.
Some of his poems have been highlighted by different blogs and magazines: Jogmag, Duane’s PoeTree, Spillword, Online Contemporary Poetry, Family Friend Poetry, UGC Approved Journal, Writers Cafe, Yoalfaaz, Poem Hunter, Your Story Club, Things, Fast Kashmir Journalist Website, Hello Poetry, and more platforms on the Internet.
He contributes his articles/opinions for different news organizations in Kashmir.