Mubashir has set an example for others with his unselfish project, “Let’s Talk Library,” illustrating the value of adopting humane policies to improve society.
Mubashir Mushtaq single-handedly founded a free library that serves as a ray of hope for the neighbourhood in the distant village of Halmathpora, located amid the picturesque sceneries of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district. Mubashir has set an example for others with his unselfish project, “Let’s Talk Library,” illustrating the value of adopting humane policies to improve society.
Mubashir had the idea to begin the library after seeing several kids from nearby villages locked in the cycle of child work. Further investigation revealed that their lack of access to literature caused them to give up on their studies. Mubashir, driven to change things, started a campaign against child labour and decided to give free books to people who couldn’t afford them.
Initially having trouble finding books, Mubashir is now contacted by people in Kashmir who wish to give books to the “Let’s Talk Library.” Mubashir noted, “My friends used to laugh at me when I first started this initiative, but now they take pride in the library’s success.” he reflected on the experience.
But ‘Let’s Talk Library’ is not just about books. Every Sunday, Mubashir hosts sessions in the library for more than a hundred youngsters as part of the “Our Kids Our Future” campaign.
Here, students are advised on developing their personalities, English, and public speaking techniques. Mubashir wants to spread the “Let’s Talk Library” to many towns and cities because he believes that a good society cannot be established without a reading culture.
His charitable deeds show that good things may come from little, kind things and that knowledge and a love of reading are the cornerstones of a prosperous society.