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Haleema Qadri – An Illiterate Kashmiri Female Poet of Budgam

Written by KashmirUnheard

Video By: Rafiqa Bano | Article By: Nusrat Ali

Haleema Qadri is a 43 year old woman from central Kashmir’s Budgam district. She has never gone to school, never held a pen but has come up with her fine collection of Kashmiri poetry.

She was born in a poor family of Sugin village in Khag tehsil of Budgam district and married at early age to an artisan namely Ghulam Ahmad Teli in Churmujro village.

Despite barriers of being illiterate, she attempts to compile her poems in her heart and mind. Haleema latter approaches Kashmiri writers to pen down her poetry. Her Book named after the Prophet has poems about diverse subjects, though mostly mystic in nature.

Haleema says that she visits several offices to get help for publishing her collection of poetry but all efforts proves in vain. Later she decided to sell her domestic animals and some trees to publish her work in 2014. 

She is planning to publish her another book and the work is going on it.

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