KULGAM — Seventeen years old Fazil Zahoor from village Shimmer Noorabad in the southern belt of district Kulgam is a medical student at Government Higher Secondary School Noorabad, Kulgam. He is a published writer of two books ‘The Real Truth’ and ‘Quiet Soul’.
He has more than 80 anthology books to his credit and has won an International Award for his book ‘The Real Truth’. He was awarded the Asian Education Award as a Young Writer of the Year 2021. For his book ‘Quiet Soul’, he has won ‘Forever Star Book of World Record’.
Leadership, barriers to success among themes of Fazil Zahoor’s poetry
He believes to be the ‘closest’ person to owning feelings. He is working as a PRO of Helping Hands Charitable Foundation Trust since 2021. The theme of his poetry includes leadership, regrets of life, the race of life and barriers to success.
In this interview with Shagufta Hassan, Fazil Zahoor speaks about his growing up years, his biography, his inspiration, his motivation, his struggle and the ways which he chose in his past. Fazil Zahoor is among the young writers of Kashmir, who believe that life is a limited chance but if we are conscious towards fate and future, then we can give something to this scathe world that could live forever.
“Redeeming the necessity among destitution is the best adulation in the scathe world”– Fazil Zahoor
Tell me about yourself?
I am Fazil Zahoor from Shimmer, Kulgam. I have completed my Class 10th in 2020. I am PRO of Helping Hands Charitable Foundation (HHCF) Kulgam. I am pursuing my Class 11th in Medical Science at Kulgam. I am the author of two books “The Real Truth” and “Quiet Soul”.
For ‘The Real Truth’, I won an international award ‘Asian Education Award’ 2021. Moreover, I have co-authored 80 plus books of which 16 books were published at the international level and the rest at the national level. I won 230 contests in one year. Also, I am compiling an anthology “The Shoddy World”.
When did you start your writing?
Well, the journey of life is unstoppable in every known aspect. In different stages of life, we focus on how to change the conditions of life, and we put efforts into owning the peak of success accordingly.
The journey of my life originates from the hub of Islamic and Science pearls namely Jamia Siraj Ul Uloom, Imamsahib Shopian. Properly, I started writing in 2019 at the age of 13. And, I remember this always that the most exhilarating experience of my life was a journey into the writing world.
What compelled you to write?
I was raised in a family of educators. Reading and writing were as natural to me as sports was to many of my friends.
When I got admission to JSU, I was alone in the whole world. During that time, I was reading constantly – every kind of book you can imagine for a 10-year old boy. Family, friends, and even people I’d never met would sit with me, or call by phone, and read. Sometimes the readers were discussing the journeys of the authors and sometimes the scripts. All praises and prayers go to the support and encouragement given by everyone, especially thanks for the library of JSU.
What are the ‘closest’ things upon which you write?
I haven’t specific vision upon my pen. But maintaining the confidential view, I mostly write on the social issues, self-thoughts, ideas of imagination and also on the blossoms of Islam.
What motivates you to read?
Well, for me, motivation is an art of appearance through which things come true and easy because motivation is a proven ability in a thing which we want to do. Knowing the facts and making the soul able in every aspect – the things which kept me back, things and issues motivate me to read!
What kind of messages do you convey through your writing?
Ok, behind every script which I pen down, there is an informative moral which brings awareness to society. In most of the articles, I share my opinions on women’s empowerment, self-esteem and almost all views on social issues. I always want to figure out the soul from unawareness into the transparent belief.
How do you feel when you write?
To write something in well-respected means is not easy. Writing is an envelope of hidden secrets.
I always motivate my soul by my writing, and I believe in the words that at any point, I am achieving particularity from the rest. I figure out my thoughts from the imagination to the appearance, so that everyone can mean and deal with day to day life. And writing something gives me a smile of happiness and I will continue it till my last breath.
Do you think writing makes us innovative?
I got my first newspaper Kashmir Rays when I was 17 and from that moment, everything just flowed into a life of writing.
Well, this is the case of my initial journey that writing makes us innovative. Yes. When I was young, I mean innocent, in knowing the perfections and rejections, the seniors of subjects made us innovative while sharing new ideas, new experiences, new handles of digitalization. Same is the case here: writers inform us of new purposes of daily living.
Writing needs thoughts and experience. It doesn’t depend on the genre. But it’s an artistic expression which forms to choose from. I mostly prefer poetry because I can decorate the stanza with my views. I think so.
Does your family support you in this field?
Proudly, my parents and my family are the backbones of my strength and courage. They encourage my life at every step and try to make me the best. They put effort when there is a need for support. They show me the difference between right and wrong and lift me to achieve the peak. I wish the parent’s support always be with me.
What does the title “Quiet Soul” mean?
Well, that’s an explanation of my strange life. A quiet soul is a collection of memories from darkness to the blooming phases of life. The motives and ways, which I faced in my life.
Can you tell me about the book?
“Quiet Soul” is a collection of feelings that are faced in different phases of life by the author. Every content of this book is a reality that happened with the author during the crucial hours of life. Every chapter of this book is a real happening that the author gives a peek into.
This book is a mixture of both poetry and prose, in which the author explained the moments of his life and happenings with him.
The title of the book is a contraction of every notion which depicts a beam of real appearance in this book. ‘Quiet Soul’ is not only a book, but it’s a memory of the author which he used to light up the strange fate.
What inspired you to write this book?
As you know, I am a writer by profession. But in writing the ‘Quiet Soul’, there is a direct means of emotions.
What advice do you have for writers?
Honestly, I am not much able for advising writers and youth. But we should remember that life isn’t a means of joy and entertainment but it’s a game of puzzles where we have to prove ourselves. Being a hard worker is easy for everyone, but facing the events of life is tough.
Every being is blessed with a hidden art, and this art will wake up when we step into the world of competition. I wish we all excel in our inborn talent, so that life will blossom with success.