A 12-year-old boy from Peshawar, studying in 7th grade, has already published a book and is now working on a second book. His book, Pashtoon Heroes, covers all the historical Pathan personalities.
In an effort to end commonly held misconceptions about Pathans, Bilawal Latif Dawar, started writing this book three years ago.
I wrote the book because I wanted to bring pride to the Pashtun people. There is a misconception in the West that Pashtuns are illiterate and I want this thinking to end.
Bilawal did his research and decided to include his favorite Pashtoon heroes in the book. These heroes are truly celebrated in the community.
My book includes stories of great warriors such as Ahmed Shah Abdali.
But is it easy to write a book? Here’s what Bilawal says about it:
If you want to write a good book, you have to do a lot of research, fact check things and take out references.
The 12-year-old started working on his book when he was only 9. But he has always been a history buff. Spending time in the library of his school, Army Public School, and reading books is what Bilawal enjoys the most.
My favorite authors, whom I have taken inspiration from, include Olaf Core and Ghani Khan,
Bilawal moved from Waziristan to Peshawar with his family in 2014 because of the militancy spread. When he’s not reading books, he’s out exploring the historical sites in Peshawar. His next book is based on people from Balochistan.
I want to explore the people and culture of the province and write on them.
This young author from Peshawar has proven that no boundaries in terms of what you can and can’t do. We wish him well in the future and hope to see him publish many more books.
Will you be getting a copy of Pashtoon Heroes?