Budgam: After suffering from depression from her early childhood days, this 18-year-old girl was drawn to poetry to find solace. Three years down the line, a reputed publishing house has decided to publish her collection of poems.
Aroosa Ashraf, who hails from Zaloosa Charar-e-Sharief area of central Kashmir’s Budgam district, is releasing her first poetry book “Fifth Chamber of Heart” on December 6 at Delhi Public School (DPS) Athwajan Srinagar.
Aroosa, who is an arts student of Class 11th at Government Girls Higher Secondary School Charar-e-Sharief, says that her book reflects emotions which can relate to any ordinary person.
“My poetry gives an idea of what today’s youth suffer from. I think these are not only my feelings but of every teenager.” Arusa told KNO.
The journey for Aroosa has not been easy. Though young, her fight with depression created a lot of hurdles for her while completing the book.
“I am suffering from depression. So, while in isolation, some words came to my mind and when I started murmuring, they eventually came out as a poem. That is how it all started,” she said.
Aroosa said she was 11 when she first started writing the poetry. She attributes her linguistic talent to her “disturbed and traumatic childhood”.
Aroosa said that she is very sensitive about mental health and the stigmas attached to it, and thus it was her conscious decision to dedicate most of her writings to the topic.
“I want to heal people who are suffering from depression, or even inspire them to speak about it and fight it out.
Apart from her aspiration to be an ardent voice of strength for teens suffering from mental health issues, Aroosa is a staunch believer in humans rights and gender equality.
“In future, I want to practice a profession that allows me to fight for people’s rights,” she said.
Being an introvert, writing for Aroosa is the only way to communicate her ideas, feelings and beliefs. Aroosa credits her success to her parents who, she said, have helped her in shaping her life irrespective of difficult situations.
Aroosa said that it took her three years to complete her maiden book. The book will be available in all the book stores in the market as well as on online platforms like Amazon, Flipkart, Kindle and Google. (KNO)