Rupa Publications to publish THE LION OF KASHMIR by Siddhartha Gigoo


From the Commonwealth Prize-winning author comes another intense story from Kashmir

Commandant Abdul Aziz, Special Forces, Kashmir is a legendary police officer in the valley, albeit not always for good reasons.

Picture Credit: Rupa
Picture Credit: Rupa

And then one day he disappears.

His daughter, Zooni, a human rights activist has to return home for her missing father. Bizarre events unfold in the ensuing night at a safe house where she’s forced to stay and where she comes face-to-face with the most disturbing truth of her life, and of the lives of her father and half-brother.

Through the eyes of the daughter are seen the dilemma and the moral crisis of a legendary police officer torn between his past and present, duty and desertion, loyalty and treachery, and right and wrong.

Award-winning author Siddhartha Gigoo’s The Lion of Kashmir is not just a story of a father and daughter’s intrepid struggles in Kashmir, but also the story of present-day Kashmir itself.


SIDDHARTHA GIGOO’S books include The Garden of SolitudeA Fistful of Earth and Other Stories (longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award 2015), A Long Dream of Home: The Persecution, Exodus and Exile of Kashmiri Pandits (co-edited), Once We Had Everything: Literature in Exile (co-edited) and Mehr: A Love Story. In 2015, he won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize (Asia) for The Umbrella Man. His stories have been longlisted for Lorian Hemingway Short Story Prize, Royal Society of Literature’s V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize, and Seán O’Faoláin Short Story Prize.

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