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‘I am a Batta’ is Veerindar Patwari’s engaging autobiography set up in the background of Kashmir and Kashmiri history as acquired and perceived by him. It presents a gripping survey of the experienced facts, events, struggle, challenges and his inspiring achievements as perceived by him as a young lad brought up in a typical Kashmiri Pandit family in Srinagar, as an engineer, a fiction writer and a politically conscious Batta.
The book includes author’s 17 selected short stories reinforcing his global view and personal experience in the narration of events, themes and characterization.
Veerindar Patwari is a distinguished fiction writer for over four decades. He has published more than 250 short stories in leading national and international Urdu magazines. He has published 13 collections of short stories and dramas. Five of his books have been awarded by various Urdu Academies. He has scripted many radio plays, stage plays, television plays and serials in Urdu and Kashmiri. He has also written screenplay and dialogues for a feature film and a few documentary films.
Veerindar Patwari, a retired Civil Engineer by profession, is deeply rooted in his environment and finds his inspiration around him.