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Secrets of Kashmir Valley

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New Delhi: 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."

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.

Even before its release, this English book has received praise and acclaim by leading writers and critics.    

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 April 2016 on page no. 21

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