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Kabul Times

Tuesday March 15, 1988

Neelab’s “Gulistan”

By: Z. Razban

Neelab Pazhwak is a school girl of 13, but with large interest in the arts and literature.

She is an avid reader and enjoys books, poetry and journals. She was encouraged by her parents and sisters to collect illustrated children’s magazines and read them. This naturally led to her interest in literature, a result of which was collecting literary pieces and articles on various subjects for a manuscript magazine which she brings out on her own. The magazine is called “Gulistan”

Neelab devotes one of her plain notebooks every month for the magazine. She herself designs the pages of the magazine and chooses the articles and illustrations. A part of her own, the magazine contains short stories and poems of well known writers of the country. Also cutting from local dailies and foreign journals are used in the magazine with tact and skill. The magazine has special pages for entertainment, poetry, novel, reader’s views, fashion, letters, etc.

Readers of Neelab’s Magazine are her classmates. Najia Mirzad, heela Wardak, Suhaila and Ferishta who are all her classmates in the 9th grade contribute to the magazine.

Neelab composes simple poetry. Her poems “ignorant” appearing in the 27th issue of the has these lines:

I am in a desert

It is dark

There is a light in it

And that is the moon of loneliness.

Another piece reads:

I want to fly to the sky

And reach the blue orb

So that I can glance down upon the earth and the sea

Which is the mirror of the sky.

In another place, she writes:

Take me to the land of prosperity

To the land of lights and laughter

To the land of affection

Oneness, truth and peace.

Neelab is interested in the literary works, of Frogh Farukhzad, Nadir Nadirpor, classical poetry of Hafiz, Saddi and Mawlana and stories of good writers like Akram Osman and Rahnaward Zarib.

Asked how she composed poetry, Neelab said that unlike some others she did not force herself to write poetry. She writes only when she feels the urge to write.

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