Big dreams, small desires, little joys, more fun, with a pen in hand she wants to create a world of her own as she has set herself for a long journey to the infinity and more!
-‘There is a big difference between these two phrases ‘I must do it’ and ‘I want to do it’ when it comes to your own life! This girl Hina Jaan understood that at a fairly young age. The beginning is great and for sure as she moves ahead she will be a creator of many written literary masterpieces. The first one is already on the shelves and that is, ‘ The Infinity and More’!
-‘Hina was born in Handwara, a lovely silent place that was renowned for wonderful things on the literary front in the last three decades but one day suddenly found itself in a deep gorge as volatility plunged it there and the comeback had to be extremely difficult. But the people here were always full of resilience and thus slowly but steadily began to peg their way back. She knew there were only small joys in life–the big ones were too complicated to be joys when you got all through–and once you realized that, it took a lot of the pressure off. She had the heard the stories that had happened when she was not born and now when she had been and grown up she knew that the best way to be expressive was to write her heart out and that is what she is doing and getting accolades for that because she knows that time is the best salve for heart wounds. Reminding oneself of the small joys and comforts that can still be found in the world. A voice in the dark, a friend, the smell of fresh apples. All of those, over time, can help! Perhaps they did in the case of Hina’!
-‘To be honest in her case she had both the fuels inside her; motivation and inspiration. The motivation perhaps was the talent inside her to keep writing on various subjects and had the potential to become a writer. It is said that to be motivated you need to know what your motives are. Over time – and to sustain you through it – your motivation must become an inner energy; a ‘motor’ driving you forward, passionately, purposefully, wisely and compassionately… come what may, every day. The inspiration perhaps came from her parents at home, her friends and of course her teachers in Hill Grange Public School where she studies. They knew she could do it and perhaps always goaded her to do what she was best at with words such as, you have the power within your reach to create what you desire. Hina did exactly that!
* So began this wonderful journey into the world of literary works where imagination and creative instincts all get knit together to produce some splendid product. Although she started with nonfiction genre but maybe tomorrow, may be the magic of her pen moved by her mind produce something never written before so for the time being she has let her imagination take her where she wants to be because she has one big weapon in her arsenal which is divine boon with each of us and that is a small little prayer and her prayer is Oh! lord grant me the spirit of excellence!’
We are all born with a desire to be immortal. Cursed with the knowledge that we must die, people live their orthodox lives out by displaying reckless abandon as to the outcome of human life or nervously hounded by utter despondency nipping their heels. But till we live, let us be creative at least rather than destructive. That is what this little bespectacled Lucy Gray from North Kashmir is trying to tell the elders! Let us live life king size rather than sulking and brooding for nothing!
In the midst of this screaming era, desires break constantly, longings cracks persistently, and countless dreams keep spilling around. In Handwara this was a sequence which was an oft repeated story of many households in the past three decades. Those who were children born in these years have seen many things which the ones of theirs nationwide may not have but some of them would have definitely heard. Girls like Hina too had hopes brimming. We all live in the hope that someone shares our dreams. In the case of Hina someone was prepared to. Her talent as a writer was bound to explode and the reverberations of the same had to be heard. They were!
As far as my knowledge about Handwara and its interiors goes, one thing is absolutely definite here. The people are simple but having plenty of knowledge as to what is happening around the globe, they have plenty of talent and also the potential to realize it if an opportunity is given to them and in case they do not get it then they have the knack of creating one for themselves. Hina did exactly that with the pen moving on the paper and then the fingers pressing on the keyboards of her computer rhythmically. She did it because she pursued small joys in life and what better than writing what is in your mind and probably if I guess it right the following were her small joys and pleasures:
I would rather have colorful flowers on my table than diamonds on my neck and that is the reason you will find them in plenty in my study/writing room.
Sometimes, the simple things are more fun and meaningful than all the banquets in the world thus I prefer to remain in my own world of words as they run the show for me, I love the calmness and peace which my room gives it to me and also the soothing touch of my parents and the cranky pranks of my brothers and sisters that give me little joys.
I feel that the greatest challenge in life is to be our own person and accept that being different is a blessing and not a curse. I’m not trying to be different but accepting things as they come because the things that have happened with me could be or could be not have/had happened with others too of my age!
A person who knows who they are lives a simple life by eliminating from their orbit anything that does not align with his or her overriding purpose and values. At such a young age she has gained the maturity to do what is right and what is wrong is unimaginable but it is true. She just snaps off the wrongs and that is very much reflected in her book ‘The Infinity and More’!
And finally she stresses upon the fact that the simplest things are overlooked in life. And yet, it is the simplest things that are the most essential. So she loves to keep things simple and is on the move to reach where she wants to and that is obviously the top of the deck. Such maturity and being in the right frame of mind cannot be imagined but in Hina’s case it is again very much true!
I The Book: To infinity and more written by Hina Jaan:
The Indian Army came up with an idea filled with sheer brilliance when they decided to promote the talent of the young and the restless, who had that rushing and gushing desire to be different to others. Hina Jan was one kid who was spotted for the book she had written and this is how it happened:
To promote the young and budding writers of North Kashmir, an official program for the release of the book ‘To Infinity and More’ by Miss Hina Jaan was organized at Pohrupet 7 Sector Rashtriya Rifles.
The citation said that Miss Hina Jaan is an extremely talented 8th standard student of Hill Grange School, Handwara and resident of Shatigam Village. Wonder how many know about this village but one thing is certain that little sparkling gems are always found in far and forlorn places. Hina definitely is one great find.
She has written a number of articles and columns like What auxiliaries teach us, The 3 real best friends, The white and so Long 4G, which have been published in major newspapers of the valley. For a Class VIII student this is already a great achievement but she is definitely not finished as yet. She is mining for more.
During her interview, she highlighted that it took her two years to finish the book and this book is of nonfiction genre. This novel brings out lessons which life has taught her. The school routine is used as a metaphor while discussing different aspects which play an important role in one’s life. She plans to continue her work in this field and dreams to emulate other great writers of the country. By the way she is definitely going to be there and make a name for herself. Let it me on the lines ‘The little Hina from Shatigam, Handwara who made it big’!
To sum up this beautiful tale of the young girl with a wise head on her shoulders, I would say with affirmation that the only difference between an extraordinary life and an ordinary one is the extraordinary pleasures you find in ordinary things. Ever since her childhood Hina perhaps has been doing that and probably that is the driving force which keeps her on the move! She has proved that the most pleasurable things we do are not always priced so high like peeping out of the windows of our rooms and watching the colors of life or looking at the sky and wondering about the lovely God created roof for humans both in the day and nights!