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'Lost In Terror': Book release function held at MERC

“Earlier men used to write stories and women used to read, however, the author has changed the trend”


Srinagar—“Lost in Terror” a book written by former BBC journalist and author Nayeema Mahjoor was released on Tuesday at Media House, University of Kashmir in collaboration with Penguin India, Jammu and Kashmir Mahjoor Foundation (JKMF) and Media Education Research Centre (MERC).

The session started with the book reading session by the author who read out some of her favorite passages from the book.

In the panel discussion, film maker and coordinator MERC, Faruq Masudi said “The book has been written in very lucid and simple manner,” he said, adding that a book is a book meant to be read and not judged.

Riyaz Masroor, Correspondent BBC, while speaking on the occasion said “Art is all about the struggle of reminding the masses about the past, impressing upon some bigger points,” adding that journalists tell stories by beats and novelists tell stories from art.

“Earlier men used to write stories and women used to read, however, the author has changed the trend,” he said.

Neerja Mattoo, academician, while speaking during the panel discussion said “The author has witnessed something which others have not, and it is not just about fiction, but under current of truth,” adding that the book talks about humiliation of a women and violation of her privacy.

Senior MERC faculty, Nasir Mirza while speaking said “The author has actually done a very great job,” adding, “Being a journalist; there is a lot of authenticity, fairness in her work. Mirza further said that the book is an individual story as well as a nation story”.

At the end, Justice (retd) Bashir Ahmad Kirmani while summing up the entire discussion on the book said “Ultimately the purpose of entire literature is to make the masses think that what the way forward is.”

The entire session was moderated by Gowhar Geelani, a Srinagar based senior journalist.

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