A Born Writer

Disturbed by the unfolding events in Kashmir a young 7th standard student sets out to compile the history of the place. Kashmir Life reports his journey so far

Ubaid Hyder

A young boy from South Kashmir’s Islamabad district has come up with a book, detailing Kashmir’s past. “Kashmir: The Story of Seven Lineages”, Ubaid Hyder put in efforts which were brushed by noted academic Dr Altaf Hussain Para.

Started when Ubaid was in 7th standard, the book was completed a year later. Ubaid is presently a student of 9th standard at Sainik School Manasbal.

Ubaid while narrating his journey in setting the book said, “The situation in Kashmir made read more about the prevailing situation and its consequences on local population. I put forth my idea before my parents and they were supportive. They are more like friends to me and I started assembling books on Kashmir.”

Ubaid, son of a teacher mother and an engineer father, went to seek suggestions from Ali Muhammad and Sons – valley’s oldest book publishing house. “They advised me to consult Dr Altaf Hussain Para who teaches History at Amar Singh College Srinagar,” Ubaid said. “Dr Altaf actually gave shape to my work.”

Ubaid says that Dr Altaf was excited to see efforts of a middle school going student and it was his encouragement which helped in final shape of the book.

Noted Columnist Dr Javaid Iqbal has written the foreword of the book.

Coming from an educated family, Ubaid’s siblings live in uptown Bagh-e-Mehtab area of Srinagar. Youngest of the children, Ubaid is enjoying a boarding life in the foothills of Harmukh in picturesque Manasbal area.

The Kashmir’s seven lineages which Ubaid has detailed are: Pre-Historic to Pre-Sultans; Sultans: 1339-1587; Mughals: 1587-1752; Afghans: 1752-1819; Sikhs: 1819-1846; Dogras: 1846-1947 and Secular Democrats: 1947-2010.

Ubaid’s book is a compilation of different works that have appeared from time to time. “It is not something that I claim to be my own. I just did the compilation and presented the works in a book shape,” says Ubaid.

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