Dibrugarh: Young and enthusiastic Urdu fiction writer Salman Abdus Samad has been honoured with the prestigious 9th Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar for his debut novel ‘Lafzon Ka Lahoo’ at Dibrugarh, Assam on September 8, 2019. The award bagged by him is a dream and a greatly desired achievement for young generation writers of Indian languages. Among him, several other awardees from diverse background of literature gathered to celebrate the event, to express their views and experience and to receive their shining trophies and shawls given by the academy.
The award for English language in the same category has been given to Tanuj Solanki for his collection of short stories titled as ‘Diwali in Muzaffar Nagar’. He is also an author of critically acclaimed novel ‘Neon Noon’.
Salman’s work of fiction originally written in Urdu, was selected for 2019 Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar, an award reserved for youth writers below the age of 35. Mr. Salman’s material is drawn from the conditions of journalism in young generation beautifully showcasing the unethical practices of seniors in the field of journalism. The novelist, through his fiction, has depicted corruption and gender biasness of journalists to their juniors.
While Tanuj Solanki’s book comprises on eight short stories casting the characters of millennials, who born and brought up together in Muzaffarnagar. They went out to earn their livings outside the riot-ridden town. Every story explores different personalities and different journeys. Each of them was alone outside the town and their solitude makes them feel same. This is the theme of the story by Tanuj Solanki which has won Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar for 2019.
Mr. Salman as a young Urdu novelist, is the first to receive this award in the category. He, when asked by MeriAwaz.in staff, said he was the happiest while receiving the mail from Sahitya Akademi and thankful to the selection board and its chairman Dr. Chandrashekhar Kambar.
The award was first given in 2011 to Vishal Khullar for his Urdu book Dhund Mein Amaan, and the previous year in 2018 the award went to Shanwaz Rahman for his short stories Nairange-Junoon.
Mr. Salman had received a confirming letter from Sahitya Akademi which reads:
“Dear Shri Salman Abdus Samad,
I have much pleasure in confirming that Executive Board of the Sahitya Akademi has, at its meeting held on 14th June 2019 at Agartala under the chairmanship of its president Dr Chandrashekhar Kambar selected your book ‘LAFZON KA LAHOO’ for its Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar for 2019. Please accept my heartiest congratulations.”
Lafzon Ka Lahoo (The Bleeding Words) by Salman Abdus Samad is a debut novel about the exploitation of young women at workplaces and evils created by the sold journalism. The novel was originally written in Urdu but has been translated in Hindi as well. The young novelist is a research scholar at JNU. First edition was published in July 2016 and now its 3rd edition is in market which is enough to show the positive impacts made by the book among its target readers.
You can imagine the fiction writing power of novelist by his touching beginning lines. He starts novel by some poetic dialogues which are as follows:
“Populated by inhabitant human beings but desolate villages,
Facts full of delusions,
The jumping conscience,
The blood is all around here,
The bleeding mankind,
Also, the bleeding words.”
(Lafzon Ka Lahoo)
As a recipient of Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar he got cheque of Rs. 50,000.
Both Tanuj Solanki and Salman Abdus Samad are young representative of millennial authors and have been rewarded for their fiction of works by Sahitya Akademi.