| Book Awards 2022 | Writings for Young Adults
While the uncertainties of a lockdown weigh heavy upon Humra and her friends, Zainab must run to protect the life of her neighbour. Buried in snow, Rehman is saved by an unexpected rescuer, and Atharva finally understands his mother when he is forced to visit his abandoned ancestral home. This collection of short stories explores the lives of the young in a land that is beautiful, warm, yet at times, cold and turbulent; a land where joy and hope bloom like the crocus sprouting through the dark earth.
Author, poet and translator, Deepa Agarwal writes for both
children and adults and has over fifty books published. Among
various other awards, she has received the N.C.E.R.T. National
Award for Children’s Literature in 1993 for her picture book
Ashok’s New Friends, while her historical fiction Caravan to Tibet
was on the IBBY (International Board on Books for Young
People) Honour List 2008.
The fresh, sweet scent of ripe apples filled
Zainab’s nostrils as she jogged past Yusuf sahib’s
orchard. This was a fragrance she loved, almost
as much as she loved to run.
Apples clustered on the orderly rows of trees, as red
as her little brother Rashid’s cheeks. The afternoon sun
cast a shimmering glow on the thickly bunched fruit and
Zainab smiled as she drank in the familiar scene that
never seemed to pall.
The sight of the apple trees gave her so much delight
throughout the year. Most of the year, at least.