Get-hooked July 2, 2019
Nusrath’s debut book in Malayalam charts her journey of living with a disability
Nusrath Vazhikkadavu, a wheelchair user from Kerala, recently published her first Malayalam book ‘Nadi Pinneyum Ozhukunnu’ which is getting good reviews from critics and readers. Nusrath shares her inspiring journey and love for Malayalam literature.
For Nusrath Vazhikkadavu, books and literature is something close to her heart since childhood. She always knew that her true calling was writing and decided to pursue it. This youngster recently published her first Malayalam book Nadi Pinneyum Ozhukunnu which highlights problems faced by a disabled person and societal stigma attached to it. Nusrath shares her inspiring journey of chasing her passion and future endeavours.
Diagnosed with muscular atrophy during childhood, Nusrath has been a wheelchair user since then. But she beat all obstacles to complete her plus two and computer teacher training course as well. Nusrath started working on ‘Nadi Pinneyum Ozhukunnu’ almost two years back. Her book that was published last month has been getting good reviews from critics and readers. Though it has not been formally launched, limited copies of ‘Nadi Pinneyum Ozhukunnu’ are already available in the stands.
‘Nadi Pinneyum Ozhukunnu’ is based on my life experiences and struggles that I underwent as a disabled person. A person with a disability is always confined inside their houses and once they come out they have to face many obstacles including accessibility problems. Society looks at a disabled person in a different way and I have tried to highlight all that in my book. I’am glad that those who read it loved it. Recently, a young girl with a disability who read it managed to get my number and she was thrilled that I spoke about what she undergoes everyday-Nusrath Vazhikkadavu
An excited Nusrath says that she never expected her book to be a hit already. Social media users are talking about ‘Nadi Pinneyum Ozhukunnu’ and the book is reaching out to a wider audience even before its launch. “Those who have not even seen me are now sending messages on Facebook and getting my number to call me, says Nusrath.
A voracious reader since childhood, Nusrath loves experimenting with all genres of books. She has already started working on her next work which highlights problems faced by a disabled person after getting marriage. Nusrath says that the book is halfway through and she doesn’t want to break the suspense already. “I believe this one is also going to get good responses for highlighting the right things, she smiles. An ardent fan of writer Madhavikutty, Nusrath says that her writing is inspired by her.
“I want to keep writing. Now that I know how my first book’s response was, I’am more confident. I’am a regular visit at the Snehatheeram Palliative Care where I meet many disabled people who face different problems in life. I have also seen how they handle it. So my writings are inspired from what I see around me, says Nusrath who is an art enthusiast as well. She loves painting and experimenting with drawings during her free time. Nusrath also runs a stationery shop at her hometown in Malappuram. She has her hands full and is able to pursue all that she loves with the support of her family.
“Nusrath loved reading books since childhood. So we made sure she is introduced to the world of literature. We have always been supportive and is glad that she is receiving appreciation for her first book, says her mother Ramlath Koya.
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