U4U in rendezvous with Renowned Urdu Writer and Critic, Deepak Kumar Budki

Besides being identified as a retired Indian Postal Service Officer, Deepak is a well known personality among the Urdu literature lovers. He is known for his Urdu plays and short stories.

Now 65 years old, Deepak was born in Srinagar in 1950. He started writing at a very young age. He was just 21 years old, when his first short story “Salma” which was published in the Daily Hamdard, Srinagar. One of his short stories named ‘Reyzey’ was also broadcast by Doordarshan Srinagar. He was a student back then.

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In 1976, Deepak Kumar joined Indian Postal Services and hence gave up writing short stories for almost twenty years. His work in the postal services in Kashmir is widely known specially because he worked during the militancy. As a Kashmiri Pandit, not only did he not leave Kashmir during insurgency, he stayed back, kept hi wits in place and actually helped flourish the Postal services in the valley. Writing his passion, started beckoning upon him from within once again.

He started writing again in 1996. In the last 20 years, more than 125 short stories and 250 critical essays and book reviews have been published in reputed magazines and newspapers all over the Urdu world. He has readership not only in India but people from countries like United Kingdom and UAE also likes to read his work. His writings have also been translated in Hindi, English, Kashmiri and Marathi languages.

Besides, Deepak has attained M.Sc in Botany and B.Ed from Kashmir University. He has also worked in Kashmir Handicraft Department for sometime. He has also served Army for 9 years on deputation attaining  the rank of Lt Col. In 2010, he retired as  Member Planning, Postal Services Board, New Delhi.

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Deepak’s stories depict the agonies of humanity, make the reader to sit back and ponder over where the society has gone wrong. It has received great remarks from leading luminaries of Urdu. Two of  his books Adhoore Chehre and Chinaar ke Pinjare have also been published in Hindi.

For his excellence in Urdu literature, Deepak has been awarded ‘Bhartiya Gaurav Award’ by the International Friendship Society in 2009 which was handed over to him by Shri B N Singh, erstwhile Governor of Assam and Tamil Nadu. He was also honoured by Andhra Urdu Academy, Sadhbavna Manch, Sironj, Bhopal and J&K Urdu Academy, Srinagar.

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