Behold, I Shine – Narratives of Kashmir’s Women & Children : By Freny Manecksha

Behold, I Shine - Narratives of Kashmir's Women & Children : By Freny Manecksha

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\"\"Behold, I Shine � Narratives of Kashmir�s Women and Children by Freny Manecksha is a gut �wrenching beautiful compilation of nine essays that bear a testament to the spirit and determination of the women and children of the Valley.\n\nShe covers every possible, imaginable topic ranging from the effect and complexities of militancy occupancy to the tehreek generation, the sexual violence in the valley, the role of memory in women�s resistance, women seeking justice in Kashmir to the emergence of dissent and feminism.\n\nEach article is well structured, and calls upon multiple other texts, like medical reports, newspaper and academic articles by journalists and scholars alike and interviews with prominent people. She beautifully weaves in personal experiences and anecdotes of the countless Kashmiri women who have and continue to suffer and combat the perils of occupancy in the Valley.\n\nThe narrative is also interspersed with verses and poems by Kashmiri writers, that are bound to make you nostalgic for a Kashmir of yore, before the militancy and the struggle. The poem �A conversation with my mother on one of the last day of Ramzan.� is bound to move you, especially, the verse\n\nThoughts are very expensive. My dear,\n\nKashmiris cannot afford them,\n\nSo don�t think my child, don�t think.\n\nFrom the very first page, the reader is called to read and reflect on the condition of this marginalised section of society. Freny raises pertinent questions and does an excellent job at attempting to find their answers among Kashmir�s women and children.\n\nEach and every anecdote is proof of the fact that women, cannot be suppressed. Their voices cannot be disregarded, their determination cannot be broken. They have faced every imaginable hardship and much more, still, they emerge stronger and resilient, shining gloriously like the title suggests.\n\nPick this book if you want to learn more about Kashmir, the women and children of Kashmir, the way they combat and resist military occupancy in Kashmir, the way they use their memory to honour and continue the legacy of those whom they have no news and no way to establish contact, the way they find tranquillity in time of turmoil, the way they struggle to make their voices heard, the way they shine.\n\nReviewed by: Anusha D’Souza\n\nAuthor(s): Freny Manecksha\nPublisher: Rupa Publications\nRelease: May 2017\nGenre: Fiction/Anthology\nBuy from�Amazon � Please use the affiliate link below & share the love!\n\n

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