Manzoor Akash, the Shakespeare of the Kashmir Valley, whose literary brilliance knows no bounds. As a teacher, author, and award-winning columnist, Akash’s words resonate with passion and purpose.
By Aijaz Ahmad
In the beautiful Kashmir Valley, in the middle of India, many talented young people live. They not only do well in India but also make their country proud internationally. One great example is Manzoor Akash, a youth leader from northern Kashmir in the Baramulla district.
A dedicated educator by profession, Manzoor Akash stands out as a notable author and emerging columnist who has penned down several books at a remarkably young age. Acknowledging his contributions, he has been awarded the prestigious radio accolades from the Ministry of Science and Technology, as well as the Ministry of Environmental Science, Govt. of India, and the Corporate Communication Department of Kashmir Division. Additionally, he has received the Smart Teacher Award twice in the years 2021 and 2022, conferred upon him by Shaikshik Aagaaz, of which he holds the position of district-level coordinator.
Manzoor Akash embarked on his journey of creativity after graduating from a government school, swiftly earning recognition as one of the most influential English writers in the Valley. While currently imparting knowledge in a government school, Akash boasts an extensive list of accomplishments and honors, backed by numerous certificates of appreciation from both national and state levels.
Expressing his profound satisfaction with his government school education, Manzoor Akash reflects, “My educational roots run deep in a government school where I was nurtured with unwavering dedication and sincerity by my teachers. I take pride in having received my schooling from a government institution in my locality. The couple of books I have authored in English are, essentially, the outcome of my teachers’ dedication and hard work, which shaped my formative years. It is because of my teachers that I stand where I am today.”
He firmly believes in the transformative power of hard work, stating, “I believe hard work doesn’t go to waste. It pays off. We must approach things seriously and patiently wait for the best to come to us. My books, which are not only a product of my creativity but also of my hard work, reflect the journey I have undertaken over the years.”
Regarding his recently released book, “A Harvest of Reminiscences,” an offering of indelible memories from a Kashmiri writer, Akash shares, “This book marks my fourth publication, a collection of memories harvested over time. It aims to encourage readers to reflect in an enjoyable way, as the title itself piques curiosity. The book stands out in its presentation, offering real-life instances narrated in the form of parables that resonate with readers. Each insight presented teaches us the value of life.”
Elaborating on the significance of his latest work, Akash adds, “This book will refresh every reader’s beautiful past. My reminiscences are precious treasures that I didn’t want to remain untold. So, I recalled and preserved them in this book. I am confident that my book will bring solace to readers and spark curiosity, especially among the migrant fraternity of my valley who still yearn for their homeland.”
Manzoor Akash’s book, “A Harvest of Reminiscences,” a treasure trove of enchanting memories, stands as the first of its kind on the subject written from Kashmir. Simultaneously published in India by two esteemed publishers, Blue Rose Publishers in New Delhi and Evincepub Publishers in Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh, the book has garnered attention for its unique portrayal of Kashmiri experiences.
During his university days, Manzoor Akash earned the moniker “Shakespeare” and solidified his reputation as the youngest short story writer, poet, and columnist. His frequent contributions to local dailies showcase his dedication to the craft. Reflecting on his passion, he asserts, “Writing is my passion. I clothe my ideas in the gown of words and publish simultaneously, ensuring that my stories reach a wide audience. I find immense joy in seeing my stories in print.”
Manzoor Akash, an inspirational figure among the youth, emphasizes the accessibility of his books, stating, “My works, including ‘Verse of Heart,’ ‘Handy Volume,’ ‘The Legacy of Light,’ and ‘A Harvest of Reminiscences,’ are readily available through prominent e-commerce platforms such as Amazon, Flipkart, Bspkart, Evencipub, Kobo, Amazon Kindle, etc.”
Looking ahead, he shares his aspirations, stating, “I dream of releasing a new book in the coming years, focusing on the preservation of Kashmir’s rich traditions and cultural tapestry. This endeavor will be my humble attempt to safeguard the chronicles of cultural legacy in the written word for future generations, who may seem indifferent to their rich cultural heritage.”