Department of English of Kashmir University has felicitated noted writer and first novelist of Kashmir in English.
The function was attended by a large number of students, scholars, university professors and members of the civil society. On the occasion, Waheed spoke at length about his creative journey. He read out excerpts from his two novels and answered several questions of the inquisitive students and scholars.
Prof Hameedah Nayeem, Head Department of English appreciated his unique English style "which moves seamlessly from one language to another that Kashmiris use in their day to day conversations and phatic communications."
"He has truly given a Kashmiri variant of English which uses vocabulary from Urdu, Arabic, Persian and even Hindi as he effortlessly weaves his style like a Kashmiri carpet with all the relevant colors. Another noteworthy aspect of his style is the use of exact words and expressions which becomes the thing in itself, the experience itself, dissolving the boundary line that otherwise exists between the language and the experience. Thus his style has a transparency which comes of sincerity of purpose and after a great deal of honing and toning the text that one writes," Prom Hameedah said.