Book Review on Ayaz Rasool Nazki’s Songs of Light

  • Ayaz Rasool Nazki
  • Meenakshi Chawla
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Meenakshi Chawla reviews Ayaz Rasool Nazki’s Songs of Light.


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Author Biographies

Ayaz Rasool Nazki

Professor Ayaz Rasool Nazki, who comes from a family of scholars and poets, was trained as a biological scientist and taught science all his professional life. He has written both poetry and prose in Kashmiri and Urdu, and has published a number of volumes of poetry in these languages.

Ayaz translated a selection of his father, the legendary poet-scholar Mir Ghulam Rasool Nazki’s classic Kashmiri rubayiaat or quatrains, into English and published them as Echo.

Songs of Light is his first collection of English poems. He has also written a novel, which is in the final stages of production.

Both in his poetry and prose, Ayaz essentially represents Kashmir, its ethos, its pain, its past, present and future. The poems in this volume also provide a glimpse into the mind of an artist totally wedded to his land and the consciousness that it represents.

Ayaz is presently serving as Regional Director at Indian Council for cultural Relations, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, in Srinagar, Kashmir.

Meenakshi Chawla

Meenakshi Jauhari Chawla trained as a computer engineer but works now for an independent publishing house in New Delhi. Her fiction has been published in The Little Magazine and Sahitya Akademi's journal, Indian Literature. Her poems were part of a poetry volume entitled I, Me, Myself (Unisun, Bangalore, 2010) and the The Poetry Society (India) Journal (2010).

How to Cite
Nazki, A., and M. Chawla. “Book Review on Ayaz Rasool Nazki’s Songs of Light”. Contemporary Literary Review India, Vol. 4, no. 3, Aug. 2017, pp. 117-23,
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