Yarbal – Storytelling Session With The Kehwa Warmth Amid Blazing Chinars


    “I love to see the glow on your faces when you speak on something passionate about.” These were the words of Shah Iflah, one of the participants at today’s Yarbal, while she was addressing the gathering that comprised of young engineers, doctors, journalism students, writers, photographers as well as young teenagers.

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    This Sunday, the morning is cold and gloomy. The majestic gardens of Shalimar are about to witness a mystic warmth radiating from several young hearts and minds as they utter words of revolution, conflict, love, tragedies and mysticism.

    The session began with the reading of a few excerpts from Arundhati Roy’s book The Ministry Of Utmost Happiness by Khalid Bashir, a young writer from Downtown, Srinagar.

    Sun is out and a healthy warmth has filled the air. Kehwa is being served with oven fresh Kulchas

    Photo: Fazeel Ghani

    Then came in Mirza Waheed’s book, The Book Of Gold Leaves. It was the highlight of the event. A very beautiful book about love in conflict. Its excerpts were read by several people. The letters that Faiz and Roohi exchanged everything surrounding their love story left the listeners mesmerised.

    Agha Shahid Ali’s poems were performed by young readers with amazing renditions that sent shivers down our spines.

    Che Guevara’s Motorcycle diaries was another highlight of the reading session.

    Mohsin Shah (zikrejaana), a famous poet among modern day young Kashmiris, also attended the event and left the audience thrilled with his heart-wrenching poem about the pellet victims.

    Mohsin Shah(zikrejaana) reading his work on the occasion.
    Photo: Fazeel Ghani

    As the session moved forward, the number of hands that volunteered to read started rising as more and more people joined in. Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables, Abdus Salam’s My Life With Taliban, Shahnaz Bashir’s Scattered Souls and The Half Mother, Paulo Coelho’s Like A Flowing River were some of the other books that were read from. Many preferred reading their own work too.

    More pictures from the event.

    Photo: Fazeel Ghani

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    The session ended with Agha Shahid’s poem Farewell.

    The way all the participants read and expressed their emotions with words made their concern for their homeland quite evident. One could sense, whatever has been happening on the outside, the heart is always a place for a revolution. Like they said, “there is fire in my heart.”

    Yarbal has always been about going back to roots. This autumn, the author is sure that the roots have grown strong enough to withstand harsh winter storm ahead and bloom like never before in the coming spring.

    Looking forward to more.

    Love,
    Team With Kashmir

    PS: The event was supported by Captivating Kashmir and Village Cafe.

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