Nakashi’s Life Beyond the Black Night hits stands

Dignitaries during a book release function in New Delhi on Tuesday.
Dignitaries during a book release function in New Delhi on Tuesday.

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 23: Rajan Nakashi’s book Life Beyond the Black Night -19th January 1990, Kashmir hits stands today.
The book was released at New Delhi at a simple function. Speaking on the occasion, author while comparing the ongoing pandemic with the curfew days in early 90, said “The thought of Life Beyond The Black Night struck my mind. I thought to pen down my incidental experiences while in Kashmir during the effected time especially in January 1990 and thereafter’’.
“It wasn’t easy to sit for hours together and write and even it wasn’t easy to remember every incident of the past but I kept going’’.
He said “Life was smooth, comfortable and happy with family and friends in Rainawari till the day of January 19, 1990. Whole Kashmir witnessed the scary and fearful night’’.
“The dead dark around us in the coldest night was the first Black Night of my life and the rest follows in the book’’, he added…
He said “There is life beyond that Black Night and I have tried to portray the most. I have tried to express those incidents which I came across and experienced’’.
“My heart bleeds for everyone who suffered because of the Black Night irrespective of religion, caste and creed’’, he added.
Nakshi said “The younger generation who were born outside Kashmir have almost no idea about culture, rituals and other things. I want them to read the book to know’’. “Let us all pray for the peace, prosperity and good times to prevail’’, he added.
Speaking on the occasion, chief guest Dr.Bulbul Dhar lauded the contents of the book and the dedication and honesty of the author for putting in impartial contents.
Col. (retd) N B Vishen got emotional while speaking on the occasion. The excerpts from the chapters of the book which he had read and he requested everyone present to read the book. The book was officially thrown open to the public.
Besides Col Vishen, Dr. Upinder Zutshi and Sushil Pandita, a well known panelist were the guests of honour.