Homeland after Eighteen Years


Homeland after Eighteen Years
(A 48-hour Travelogue in Kashmir)
by K L Chowdhury

The Governor, N. N. Vohra released a book authored by Dr. K. L. Chowdhury, a well known medical practitioner and writer "Homeland after Eighteen Years" (A 48-hour Travelogue in Kashmir) at a function held at Jammu Club here.

The Governor described Dr. Chowdhury's book of poems an excellent piece of literature and hoped that he would continue to write and receive fresh awards and honours for his writings. He added that if Dr. Chowdhury, who is a medical practitioner and not a professional poet or writer, has produced such an excellent volume based only on a 2 day visit to Srinagar in 2008, to receive a State award for one of his earlier books, he would wish him to visit Kashmir for a longer period to bring out another creative work.

Recalling Dr. Chowdhury's reference to Theodor Adorno, the Governor reiterated the quotation for the latter's work: "For a man who no longer has a homeland, writing becomes a place to live". He said that the theme of Dr. Chowdhury's poems originate from his sad home coming, and observed the outpourings of his spontaneous reactions have a deep seated internal symphony, the "Still sad music" of humanity.

Lauding the role of doctor Choudhury, Dr Jitendra Singh a well known writer and scholar said Dr Choudhury not only assumed a position of a good doctor but also a philosopher writer. His book is not only a piece of literature alone but history also, he added. Lauding the role of KPs he said the community showered a tremendous potential even in exile to fight for their esteem.

Prof. R. L. Shant, who presided over the function, spoke about the creative genius of Dr. Chowdhury and threw light on his earlier three volumes and Dr. K. N. Pandita also expressed their laudatory views about the book. The author of the book, Dr. Chowdhury, dwelt on the theme of the volume and recalled his childhood days in Srinagar. He thanked the Governor for sparing his precious time to release his book.
Excerpts From The Book:
Wherever you inquire
Kashmiri Pandits are spoken of
in past tense here -
they were,
they have been,
they had been.
Who were they, anyway
they might ask, one day?
Dr. K L Chowdhury retired as a Professor of Medicine, Medical College, Srinagar. Presently he is the Director of a charitable institution, Shriya Bhatt Mission Hospital and Research Center, Durga Nagar, Jammu.

He is a physician and neurologist, a medical researcher, poet, social activist. He writes on diverse subjects – medical, literary, social and political and has numerous research papers to his credit, his pioneering work being “The Health Trauma in a Displaced Population” which was presented at national and international conferences. He was declared Shehjar's 'Kashmiri Person of the year' for 2007.
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I assume this will be available at bookstores in jamming. Not sure if we could order online. Wish I could get hold of one copy ASAP.
Added By vinod pandita