Rumours of Spring: A Girlhood in Kashmir – Farah Bashir

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‘Extraordinary – this memoir of growing up in Kashmir in the 1990s is illuminating, heartbreaking, and beautifully told.’ Kamila Shamsie, author of Home Fire

‘A terrifying yet tender account of a girlhood spent under near-constant siege.’ Madhuri Vijay, author of The Far Field

‘This is an unforgettable work that refuses silence. It is an urgent, brave call for justice.’ Maaza Mengiste, author of The Shadow King

‘Page after page, Farah Bashir juxtaposes moments of heart-stopping terror and beauty in a stunning memoir of life and love under a bloody military occupation.’ Mirza Waheed, author of Tell Her Everything

‘I couldn’t put it down, and even after it had ended, the people and their stories – wonderful, horrific, familiar and unfathomable – stayed textured and formidable in my mind.’ Jennifer Croft, author of Homesick

‘A beautifully tender and often heart-stopping memoir of growing up in a world that is spinning out of control.’ Mahesh Rao, author of Polite Society

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Rumours of Spring is the unforgettable account of Farah Bashir’s adolescence spent in Srinagar in the 1990s. As Indian troops and militants battle across the cityscape and violence becomes the new normal, a young schoolgirl finds that ordinary tasks – studying for exams, walking to the bus stop, combing her hair, falling asleep – are riddled with anxiety and fear.

With haunting simplicity, Farah Bashir captures moments of vitality and resilience from her girlhood amidst the increasing trauma and turmoil of passing years – secretly dancing to pop songs on banned radio stations; writing her first love letter; going to the cinema for the first time – with haunting simplicity. This deeply affecting coming-of-age memoir portrays how territorial conflict surreptitiously affects everyday lives in Kashmir.

About the Author

Farah Bashir was born and raised in Kashmir. She was a former photojournalist with Reuters and currently works as a communications consultant. Rumours of Spring is her first book.


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