A Satire on the Contemporary Politics of Balochistan
By Fazal Baloch
Book Name: Gwachin
Publisher: Nigwar Labzanki Majlis(Ball-e-Nigwar)
Price: Rs. 50
Naguman, formerly known as Naguman Hamdum, is one of the most widely read Balochi language short story writers. His first and so for the only collection of short stories Daar-ay-Asp was well received by both readers and critics way back in the early 2000. The book instantly ran out of print which is quite rare in Balochi literature given people’s limited ability to read Balochi poetry and also the appalling readership ratio of Balochi prose. However,
Daar-ay-Asp proved to be the first and so for the only blast from Naguman as a fiction writer. After the publication of his first book, Naguman disappeared from the scene of Balochi fiction. His absence is indeed very unfortunate for Balochi literature as he was the storyteller who had somewhat directed the art of narrative storytelling on the right path. Nonetheless, in the late 2000 we came across a new Naguman. Literally dormant in the field of fiction, Naguman this time emerged vibrant in the domain of lexicography. In 2008, he compiled a valuable collection Nokaz (Update). The book was aimed at preserving the typical Balochi words which were either less common amongst the new generation or replaced by words other than Balochi. Besides, it includes several newly found Balochi words. Like Daar-ay-Asp, Nokaz too attracted a wide range of readership and in a brief period of just three years it ran up to its third edition with increase in size and stuff.