Agha Shahid Ali And His Penetrating Voice Echoing Unheard Kashmir
Agha Shahid Ali was born in New Delhi on Feb 4, 1949.He grew up in Kashmir, returned to New Delhi to complete his MA in DU.He authored several collections of poetry:Bone Seculpture, In Memory of Begum Akhtar and Other Poems, The Half- Inch Himalayas ,A Walk Through the Yellow Pages, A Nostalgist's Map of America, The Beloved Witness : Selected Poems ,The Country Without a Post office etc. Like many of the greatest contemporary writers, it is not easy to define Shahid's nationality. He has a transgeographical background as a Kashmiri, Indian and American. The young Shahid went through phases of demonstrating belief in both Christianity and Hinduism and his liberal family was liberal about this. The Country Without a Post Office portrays many of the atrocities like rapes ,curfews , tortures ,imprisonments, murders ,custodial deaths by the Indian forces as a mark of retaliation to the beginning of new phase of insurgency in Kashmir in early 90's.
Shahid Ali, Agha : The Veiled Suite ( The Collected Poems ) .Penguin Books, India. Gurgaon : 2010
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