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Book Review

Title: The Wail Of The Woods.        Author: Zakir Malik
Genre: English Poetry            Publisher: The Indian Wordsmith
Bound: Paperback                Price: Rupees 300/-

“The Wail of The Woods” is the collection of poems encompassing more than hundred poems that highly bridge the grounds of hope, affliction, antagonism, containment and the margins of distress. The book is intellectually twisted with deep thoughts of uprising that fills the inward fractions of person to dream with new hope and devotion. Zakir Malik has portrayed the images of bloodshed that has been violating the circumstances of the valley for decades. The poems inside the book deeply touch the pain of dwellers of the valley. As a poet Zakir has narrated the tenderness of every person dwelling in conflict-ravaged valley that undergoes and experiences death every day.
Poetry often gives some specific and definite insights of living and sheer imagination but the attempt of the author has bewildered me. He pens harsh reality of life in his poetry. Zakir Malik is a fantastic artist who can paint on the canvas of white pages a melody of well-chosen words, which deliver an intense message crafted in beautiful diction and tasteful language. The book not only reveals the artistic approach of Zakir to the readers but also lays bare far-reaching outlook of his philosophy itself. The multiple prospects in the verses in the book “The Wail of The Woods”, will win the interest of audience and greatly meet up the expectations of the readers hungry for quality literature. The beautiful grip that Zakir has on his reader’s psyche of ‘what next’ takes the book to the highest horizons of wisdom and courage.  Most of the contemporary poetry books let us surge into skies with our closed eyes into the dream world.  On the contrary the poems of ‘The Wail of The Woods’ penetrates deep inside the soul and compels one to ponder and search for the answer to questions posed. Zakir then goes on to provide answers which raise the readers confidence with renewed sky touching dreams and hopes. Moreover Zakir Malik succeeded to wing up his readers with ears of passion, eyes of longing and flow of unbridled tongue. Though, I wonder how Zakir Malik with deal with generic poetry themes of beauty and nature.

Reading this book will definitely compel the reader to resemble the work with many famous bards although there are the poems that takes one to the world of uprising with soul and body. I smelt the taste of Faiz Ahmad Faiz, Iqbal and Abni Arabi in the verses of the author. A writer should make the strong endeavor to bring forward the novel familiarity to the audience and this is the book that gives the reflection of oceanic rapture and absolute wisdom to move on. I strongly believe that author is going to be counted in the iconic writers of the Kashmir in the years ahead. His work will definitely rock in every nook of the world. The eye-catching page layout done by the publisher, The Indian Wordsmith, is another thing I must make positive mention of. The beautiful book cover, the paper quality, the layout of pages comes bundled in the well-produced paperback book. Price may seem a bit high, but with escalating costs of book publication, I found it reasonable. Anyways the content of the book provides solace of every penny, well spent. In the end I may sum it up in these words, ‘Zakir Malik is a poet, of whom, we will hear a lot in the future’.
Qasim Kashmiri

Qasim Kashmiri, is pursuing doctorate in English Literature and is a Poet, novelist, Social activist. He is author of two poetry books and a novel ‘The Ashes’.

The only way for a batsman to respond to pressure and criticism is by letting his bat talk. KL Rahul is doing exactly that. With three half-centuries in his last four T20I innings , Rahul is firmly back in reckoning when the team is trying to sort out their best combinations for next year’s T20 World Cup and also the style of play that brings out the best in their batsmen.

The third and final T20I against West Indies at Wankhede Stadium here on Wednesday could mark the beginning of a change in India’s approach in the shortest format. Rohit Sharma was at his best during his 34-ball 71, but it was Rahul who played the longest and perhaps the most important knock.

“We are looking to work on first innings if whenever we have to bat (and) start the innings,” Rahul said on Wednesday. “We start off thinking we want more than 200, or that is T20 cricket nowadays. No total is enough, you always feel like you are 10-15 runs short. At times we have tried to overachieve, and when you are batting first and setting a target that often happens, not just in T20 cricket but in any format.”

Losing his Test spot to Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal would have been tough for Rahul, who once had displayed similar consistency in the opening slot with seven consecutive fifties in 2016-17. But Rahul, who has made it difficult for Shikhar Dhawan to return to the T20I side, says it is important to keep pushing on.

“I will not say I will not feel it at all,” he said. “Obviously, going in and out of the team is never easy on any player. You take a little bit of time to get used to the international pressure and oppositions, and there is no opposition you can just walk in and score runs,” he said.

The Ranji Trophy season is back and we have witnessed a number of closely-fought matches in the first round. One such match took place between Jharkhand and Tripura Agartala, which was a group C encounter.

Tripura batted first and scored 289. In response, Jharkhand were bundled out for 136 which prompted Tripura to enforce a follow on. Jharkhand were in trouble again as they were reduced to 138 for 5. However, then Ishank Jaggi and Saurabh Tiwary stepped up and conjured the spirit of Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman of 2001.

The bowlers then took matters in their own hands, Tripura were on the match at 48 for 5 at lunch. However, there was resistance from the lower order and they were within striking distance of the target, but then Jharkhand did just enough to bag the match by 54 runs. In the process, history was made as this was just the first instance in Ranji Trophy when a side won the match after being asked to follow-on.

This Ranji Season is important owing to the fact that the BCCI has started scheduling A tours and performances in this tournament get a lot of attention. Also, since, the Indian test side is fairly settled, the players would want to make headlines with their performances and stay in contention. As such, the performance of Ishank Jaggi and Saurabh Tiwary will be talked about as it was a proper back to the wall innings.

The Pentagon on Thursday flight-tested a missile that had been banned under a treaty that the United States and Russia abandoned last summer. Some U.S. arms control advocates said the test risks an unnecessary arms race with Moscow.

The prototype missile was configured to be armed with a non-nuclear warhead. The Pentagon declined to disclose specifics beyond saying the missile was launched from a “static launch stand” at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and landed in the open ocean. The Defense Department said the ballistic missile flew more than 500 miles.

The Pentagon declined to reveal the maximum range of the missile tested. Last spring, when U.S. officials disclosed the testing plan, they said it would be roughly 3,000 kilometers to 4,000 kilometers . That is sufficient to reach potential targets in parts of China from a base on Guam, for example. The Pentagon has made no basing decisions and has suggested that it will take at least a few years before such a missile would be ready for deployment.

Under the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces treaty, land-based cruise and ballistic missiles with a range between 500 kilometers and 5,500 kilometers  were prohibited. The Trump administration chose to abandon the INF treaty, saying that while it had adhered to the treaty’s limitations, Russia had violated it by deploying a noncompliant cruise missile aimed at U.S. allies in Europe.

“Once we develop intermediate-range missiles, and if my commanders require them, then we will work closely and consult closely with our allies in Europe, Asia, and elsewhere with regards to any possible deployments,” Esper said.

President Donald Trump on Thursday called for expanded access to childcare and family leave  seeking to appeal to women voters by focusing on issues that Democratic challengers are emphasizing in their campaigns.Speaking at the White House, the president said families are struggling to pay for care and advocated the expansion of in-home and faith-based programs for children.

Trump’s comments came at a White House meeting on childcare and family leave, part of a push that administration officials say could help move forward legislation improving access to assistance for working parents.

House Democrats said this week that they had struck a deal with the White House that provides 12 weeks of paid parental leave for federal workers in exchange for establishing the president’s proposed space force as a new branch of the government in the defense authorization bill.

White House domestic policy adviser Joe Grogan called the possible new benefit for federal workers an “important first step” toward the administration’s priority of providing paid family leave for all Americans.

White House meeting which featured a presentation by Trump’s daughter and senior adviser Ivanka Trump to spark a bipartisan effort to address childcare.The administration is also asking lawmakers to reauthorize and overhaul a block-grant program that provides childcare subsidies to low-income working families.

Hollywod producer Harvey Weinstein is close to a USD 25 millon settlement that will resolve most of the civil cases against him, including a broad class action suit, accusing him and his board of directors for their pattern of sexual misconduct.

Under the deal, the insurance companies for the Weinstein Co. would pay the victims with the most serious claims USD 500,000 apiece. A larger pool of claimants would split the balance of the funds. The New York Times first broke the story.                                               

The settlement still needs the approval by the judge overseeing the Weinstein Co. bankruptcy case. If it goes ahead, the deal would resolve a class action suit filed in December 2017, in which 10 plaintiffs alleged that Weinstein had sexually assaulted them.

Under the agreement, the court-appointed monitor would distribute USD 18.5 million to class members and their attorneys. Another USD 6.2 million would go to 18 plaintiffs who filed suit outside the class action case, the Variety said.But not everyone is onboard. At least four accusers are staying away from the deal and some are planning to oppose it in front of the bankruptcy court.

Defending champion P V Sindhu was knocked out of the year-ending BWF World Tour Final after losing to China's Chen Yufei, her second defeat in two days, here on Thursday.

Akane Yamaguchi's win over Bing Jiao He confirmed Sindhu's ouster from the prestigious tournament, which she had won last year.With two wins from as many outings, both Yamaguchi and Chen Yu Fei have qualified for the semifinals from Group A.

Chen Yufei, who has been in rampaging form this season having won all six of her finals, including the All England Championships, carried the momentum into the decider and left Sindhu stunned with her wide repertoire of shots.

Coming into the match with a strong 6-3 head-to-head record, Sindhu struggled to match Chen Yufei initially, as the Chinese used her smashes to good effect and grabbed an 8-4 lead and then extended it to 16-12.

But the the reigning world champion turned it around superbly and clinched the opening game in 24 minutes when she sent the shuttle beyond Chen Yufei's reach.

The second game started on an even keel but from 7-7, Chen Yufei went into the lead and then managed a handsome seven-point cushion with the score reading 19-12 in favour of the Chinese.With a drop shot, the word number two claimed the second game and restored parity. The second game also lasted 24 minutes.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated British Prime Minister Boris Johnson who is set to return to power with a thumping majority.Boris Johnson's Conservative Party has won a solid majority of seats in Britain's Parliament. He has won the historic UK General Election as his Conservative Party crossed the magic number of 326 required for a majority in the Parliament.

The victory would mean that they will plough ahead with the Brexit, dashing all chances of a second referendum over the issue.This was Britain's third general election in a little more than four years, and the second since the June 2016 Brexit referendum.

The world's first fully electric commercial aircraft took its inaugural test flight, taking off from the Canadian city of Vancouver. Vancouver-based Harbour Air Seaplanes and U.S. electric engine-maker magniX said the flight was the world's first by an all-electric commercial aircraft.

The Company said the technology would mean significant cost savings for airlines -- not to mention zero emissions. It hopes to be using the electric-powered planes to carry passengers by 2022.

India beat West Indies by 67 runs to win the third T20 International and also the three-match series by 2-1 margin.Batting first, India scored 240 for 3 riding on KL Rahul's 56-ball-91, Rohit Sharma's 71 off 34 balls and skipper Virat Kohli's unbeaten 70 off 29 balls.

In reply, West Indies managed 173 for 8 in 20 overs with Kieron Pollard scoring 68 off 39 balls.

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