Srinagar: The book ‘Surviving 22 years in Kashmir’ by Jibran Ahmed was released on 4th April 2021, Sunday at Jhelum Cafe Fine Dine, Srinagar. The book has been published by FreshCode Books, the leading self-publishing house in the valley. The book was released at a grand function which was attended by several dignitaries and literati of the valley. Among the guests were Huzaifa Pandit – author and academic, Peer Viqar ul Islam, renowned Journalist, Unisa Sania, author and poet, and Yasmeen Murawat Khan, Station Head, Radio DPS Srinagar.
Congratulating the author, Huzaifa Pandit spoke of the “book as a counter to domicide and memoricide, which will serve as a counter to privileged and biased histories”. Unisa Sania spoke about the “need and responsibility of representation whose onus lies on the intellectuals and young authors of the valley.” Yasmeen Murawat spoke about the “perils of censorship and the need to counter it by telling our stories to the world.” The author, Jibran Ahmed too spoke about his journey from feeling silenced by the multiple lockdowns in the valley to expressing himself through a chronicle of lived experiences.