Lockdown unlocks a prodigy, youngest Kashmiri author at 11

Abeeda Riyaz says, “Everyone has the ability to do anything, but people should have the passion and will to achieve their dreams”

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When the world was shut down during last year’s Covid lockdown, a little girl aged 11-year-old, named Adeeba Riyaz, was darting ideas, emotions and thoughts from her peaceful life and put them on a paper. That act turned into a book-‘Zeal of pen’. She is from south Kashmir’s Anantang district. She became the youngest Kashmiri author when her book was published this September.

She says, “Everyone has the ability to do anything, but people should have the passion and will to achieve their dreams”. She has lived up to her name which means, in urdu, a woman, an authoress. “I have never bothered about what people would say about me. They may try to pull me down but you should know how to stand back up and not lose focus.”

She was born in Batengoo, a village lush with orchards, studying in a private school in Anantnag. She developed a passion for writing at a very young age and won several awards for her essays, poems and short stories. “I always wanted to do something different and I had the passion of writing. And I have won many awards for my write-ups.”, said the little girl. She knows English and Urdu fluently.

Adeeba has written her life experiences on her blog. “If someone praises you for your talent, you should never become arrogant. Concentrate on your talent, rather than the flattery,” she said, spelling out her motto.

The ‘Zeal of Pen’ is a 96-page collection of poems, prose and quotes put together in a lively narrative that speaks of Adeeba’s talent and ideas.

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