For Rehana Begum, the seasoned television journalist, it was an opportunity well utilised when she was sent to cover surgical strikes in 2016 to Kashmir. It opened her eyes to life at Indian border, that she only knew from hear say until then. She personally heard the firing encounters between the Indian and Pakistani army, she spoke to the soldiers, witnessed their valour, learnt of their inner fears and tribulations.
Stories from the border: Rehana Begum
She met the locals who were caught in the midst of the strife and trying to lead a normal life despite the ever-ongoing tension. The memories stayed on even after she returned. “Tears that I saw in the eyes of a mother who lost her son to a Pakistan bomb attack moved me and all these encounters continued to haunt me.
The book has her experiences, people’s stories that she heard, witnessed and her observations narrated in an engaging manner that will keep the readers asking for more. The combination of being a reporter and an author makes ‘Sarihaddullo’ a page-turner of a memoir. The 116-page book published by Devulapalli Publications is priced at Rs 100.