“Not every kid will meet an author at school, but all kids deserve a chance to meet themselves—and to see their lives and experiences affirmed—in literature.”
The Book club, Delhi Public School Budgam was graced by the presence of Mr. Zareef Ahmad Zareef on 20th November,2023. The presence of a Kashmiripoet, writer, social activist and environmentalist brought along the sense of hope, possibility and encouragement for all the budding writers, readers and critics of the book club.
Zareef Ahmad Zareef (born April 17, 1943) is best known for his satirical poetry and efforts to highlight various social and political problems. He is involved in the preservation of the environment, culture and the heritage of Kashmir.
The desire of bringing an author among the students was a dream envisioned by the principal, Mehfooz Aslam long back when the club was formed. With his constant support and appreciation the club was able to arrange the visit of such renowned writer at a short notice by the continual efforts and determination of the club president, Mufaiz khan and the club secretary, Azal wani.
Mr. Zareef Ahmad Zareef was cordially received by the Club President- Mufaiz Khan, Principal- Mr. Mehfooz Aslam and the Club IN charge, Hizb Nazir Khan.
The event took place at the conference hall, senior wing and Mr Zareef Ahmad Zareef was welcomed by principal himself with his beautiful words followed up by a Student’s briefing by the book club editor, Arhum Bhat.
The writer read one of his book “T’choenche poot” for all the club,, listened patiently to the various questions and queries of the club members and answered humbly in a poetic manner.
The writer stressed on the importance of valuing and respecting the teachers and was kind enough to share some of his childhood memories that will serve as life lessons to be inspired by for every student who attended this event.
The event concluded by presenting a token of appreciation and love to Mr. Zareef by Mr. Iqbal Ahmad (Fine Arts Department, D.P.S. Budgam). Afterwards, the writer took a short school tour following which he promised the club to be visiting again for the plantation of chinar in upcoming March.
This author’s visit was important and worthwhile for both students and teachers. The event surely promoted and contributed to the overall improvement of the book club and the school in whole.