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Weed All right, I will share my deepest, darkest secret I loved my father like sons love their fathers, I loved mine too And aren t sons forever following their father s footsteps Even if those footsteps are blighted After Umer s father leaves to join the jihadis, the family is pushed to the brink of poverty and desperation, but his mother will have nothing to do with her husband The government and charities working in Kashmir, in their better wisdom, believe it is best not to offer sustenance to the children and the widow s of militants Isolated by society and trapped in adversity will the mother s determination to turn her back on violence crumble Will Umer go his father s way What choices will the family make Weed, a follow up of the award winning No Gun at My Son s Funeral, is a hard hitting exploration of uneasy questions that keep raising their insistent heads in the war against terror Complex issues are examined through the innocence of a child caught in a web he never spun

  • Paperback
  • 152 pages
  • Weed
  • Paro Anand
  • English
  • 10 September 2019

About the Author: Paro Anand

Paro Anand is the author of 18 books for children and young adults, including plays, short stories, novellas and novels She is also published in several anthologies and has written extensively on children s literature in the country She headed the National Centre for Children s Literature, The National Book Trust, India, the apex body for children s literature in India As a part of her work here, she set up libraries and Readers Clubs in rural India and conducted training programs on the use of literature.She is a World Record Holder, for helping over 3000 children make the World s Longest Newspaper 850 meters long in 11 Indian states in 13 languages The concept behind the project was to give a voice to those children who do not have a platform and to empower young people to create their own literature.Paro Anand has been awarded for her contribution to children s literature by The Russian Centre for Science and Culture Dr Kalam, the President of India, honored her for her writings on Republic Day, 2007 She has represented the country at various forums internationally, including in the UK and France.She is a performance storyteller and has performed her stories in many parts of India, UK, France and Switzerland She runs a program, Literature in Action on the use of stories in the holistic development of young people She was part of an Indo Swedish workshop and has co authored a book for teenagers with special needs, with a Swedish writer.She has been a resource person with the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, working with children impacted by terrorist, separatist violence in Kashmir Coming out of her experiences, she has written No Guns At My Son s Funeral, a book that has had extensive critical acclaim The book was nominated onto the IBBY Honor List, 2006, as the best book for young people from India It is currently being translated into Spanish and German and talks are on for basing a film on the book The book is about a young boy, seduced into becoming a terrorist A follow up novel, also based in Kashmir, entitled Weed is the story of the son of a terrorist and his struggle to find an alternate life to sustain himself and his family.She was a writer in residence at the Woodstock School, Mussoorie, India where she worked on writing her first novel for adults.

10 thoughts on “Weed

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  2. says:

    Unsound writing style.

  3. says:

    this book is so amazes to read it out.

  4. says:

    This is one of the excellent books I ve ever is the story of an innocent boy and his mother, after his father left them to join the jihadis.

  5. says:

    Great book loved it want to see what happens next though.

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