Pampore girl pens her maiden poetry book, says ‘working on a novel now’

Pulwama, Aug 22: A teenage girl from Pampore area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district has penned her first poetry book and is now working on a novel that is set to hit markets soon.

Mir Areiba, 18, studies in class 12 at Muslim Educational Institute (MEI), Pampore. Her poetry book has hit the stands with a unique title of Nimble Kingdom. The book comprises 32 poems.

She said that she tried to publish her book earlier but Covid-19 and other issues became a hurdle. “Though it has only been a few weeks since my book hit the stands, the response is tremendous,” she said, adding that the main aim of her poetry is to heal the wounds of people of Kashmir who have suffered since past three decades.

“I have been hooked on writing since I was in class 6. I used to write on different topics, nature and people,” she said while speaking to Kashmir News Observer (KNO) “I kept on writing without knowing whether I had accuracy or proper grammar.”

With the passage of time and with the support of her parents, Areiba started writing poems in 2015. “I have penned around 50 poems till date. Of them, 32 are part of my maiden poetry book Nimble Kingdom,” she added.

The book, according to Areiba, comprises many themes and revolves around different aspects of life like kindness, love, hate, struggles, destiny, emotions, pain and other things.

“I was always been encouraged by my parents, relatives and friends. My teachers have been a great support as well,” she said amid a smile on her face. The book-which she terms as a small one-has a print run of 51 pages and has been published by Inkart Publishers.

Areiba is working on her second book which is a novel based on life. “I am hopeful of getting the novel published soon,” she said.

In her message to the younger lot of Kashmir, especially girls, Areiba said that youth are full of talent in the Valley and they should set their goals and struggle hard to achieve the same. “There should be no giving up. Instead, youth must strive hard to achieve their targets.”—(KNO)