Set in the Kashmir Valley, an American award-winning writer and speaker takes a transformational journey through one of the world’s oldest conflicts. This beautifully written, heartfelt memoir finds compassion, courage, warmth, generosity, and connection among the women of Kashmir.
The author, Farhana Qazi, takes us deeply into the lives of women and gives us a compelling and disturbing vision of what happens in a place caught between its own tenacious past and two South Asian rivals.
A work of human empathy, Qazi combines first-hand storytelling with balanced and penetrating analysis of each situation to give us an important chronicle of communities in crisis in the contemporary world.
“Traveling to Kashmir to meet its traumatised women turned out to be one of the most amazing decisions I have ever made,” said Qazi. “It was also terrifying, and sometimes insane. This is not a story I had planned on sharing with the world. But after what I saw and felt, I had no choice but to tell the world these women’s stories.”
Qazi weaves her signature storytelling and her honest and heartfelt observations by taking readers through an ancient place where world religions and traditions co-exist peacefully. With intimate detail, this book, Secrets of the Kashmir Valley, reveals the power of love, faith, and community.
“Kashmir changed me forever,” Qazi said. “For other travelers, it’s a valley of gardens, rivers, and pashmina. For me, Kashmir is a place of raw emotions.”
In this timely and important book, Qazi traces the lives of women in the deeply divided Kashmir Valley and shows how they have survived a 60-plus-year conflict.
With unique access, Qazi an American storyteller who travels extensively through the region to interview mothers of martyrs, militants’ wives, prisoners, protestors, and political activists.
Her evocative reporting and extensive interactions brings to life these women’s stories-their individual oral histories make up a collective chronicle of suffering and struggle. Ultimately, this is a hopeful book.
With strong voices and will power, the women of Kashmir are changing their society. These reformers are the people leading the way forward. This crucial book on Kashmir is a brilliant and thought provoking work. Qazi’s unique perspective on Kashmir and deep passion for the women she writes about make this a definitive account of a proud people.
About the Author:
Qazi has appeared in the mainstream media, including CNN, BBC, Public Broadcasting Service, National Public Radio, Fox News, C-Span, Bloomberg, ABC News, Canadian national television, Voice of America, Al-Jazeera, The Daily Ledger Show and many more. Her stories and interviews have been published in The Washington Post, The Foreign Policy Magazine, Dawn, The Christian Science Monitor, The New York Post, Marie Claire, The International Herald Tribune, Reuters, MSNBC, Forbes, The Daily Mail, The Baltimore Sun, Levant News, The Associated Press, etc.
Qazi has won numerous awards including the 21st Century Leader Award presented by the National Committee on American Foreign Policy in New York, the VIP Woman of the Year Circle by the National Association of Professional Women, and multiple certificates of appreciation for her training to the U.S. military.
Qazi holds an MA from The George Washington University in Security Policy Studies. She received her BA from Southwestern University in Political Science, where she was chosen for the prestigious Humanitarian Award.
Published by Pharos Media & Publishing.