9 May 2017. Lt. Ummer Fayaz was brutally murdered by armed militants in Kashmir while he was back home, attending a wedding in the family. The death sent a nation into shock, and immortalised the memory of a young man with conviction beyond his years.
In his brief, inspiring life, Ummer joined the army to set an example and galvanise fellow Kashmiris to move beyond the cycle of violence that unrest in the state had forced them into.
Deeply researched and told with feeling, Undaunted is the extraordinary story of an extraordinary life.
Ummer epitomizes ‘Kashmiryat’ in its truest sense and will go down in history as a hero who chose to serve the nation, against all odds.
This is a story of our lost Muslim brother who served in the Indian army.
Bhavna describes Kashmir valley as a tangled headphone wire, thousands of them. And if the army wasn’t there- Kashmir would have been a part of Pakistan already. In Kashmir, some want Islamic government for their own gluttony but most of them want harmony.
I have been following Bhaavna in twitter and her writings always make me blush. There is something different in her writing vibes. It’s pleasing and unpretentious but mostly on point.
The book speedily goes through the voyage of Author taking a dig on misunderstood ‘Kashmiriyat’ .
The first two chapters kept me hooked on why the story of this brave jawan is so stimulating. Question is there were so many jawans who laid the lives in Kashmir. Why did Bhaavna choose to write a book on Ummer?
Bhaavna’s journey is audacious for an effervescent soul. The details in the conversations with Ummer’s family is emotional and can make you shed a tear or two.
As the book streams through the valley, it talks about the delinquencies in Jannat! The valley is red and mostly it is because of human minds. Stone pelting is an occupation. Separating Kashmir and ethnic cleansing of Kashmiri Pundits is a profession.
We need storytellers like Bhaavna to talk about the real star. This work is truly worth.
A man who worked for peace is murdered. This book sets a real case that India needs storytellers who talk about these subtle issues so that the youth reads this and get a direction not to misread.