A Prodigious Talent

  • Publish Date: Mar 12 2018 1:18AM
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  • Updated Date: Mar 12 2018 1:18AM
A Prodigious Talent

Meet Sohail Ahmad Mir, a master of many trades


Sohail Ahmad Mir is a jack of many trades, a master rather. So much so that the 20-year-old from Saloosa village in Baramulla district is something of a mini celebrity in Kreeri area.

Sohail started working when he was just 10, helping his family of modest means plough their land. “My father got ill and that forced me to shoulder my family’s responsibility,” he says. 

The second of two brothers and three sisters, he is pretty much the family primary breadwinner. In a few days, as spring blooms, he will start most of his days ploughing fields. Other days, he will be spraying pesticides in his family’s apple orchards. In the wedding season, his evenings are occupied singing during Mehendi Raat, for which he earns good money. Then, he dons the garb of a waza. 

How does he manage all this? “I have had these gifts from a young age,” he explains. “Although I don’t know how these gifts came to be, or how they work, they have helped me tremendously through the years.”

Despite all this, Sohail has not neglected his formal education. He is now studying in Class 12 at Government Higher Secondary School, Authoora, Kreeri. He is indebted to his teachers, he says, for giving him “extra attention” to ensure he “covers” the lessons from days he is working.

Sohail’s father couldn’t be more proud of his son. “I can’t help him with his studies and I could never send him for tuitions,” he says. “But he still gets good marks in all his exams. On top of that he is learning computer. He is different from other boys. He knows what is good for him.”

Recently, Sohail also completed a diploma in plumbing from the Industrial Training Institute, Baramulla. His first love, though, is music, and he plans to study it professionally. “I am already taking classes from Abdul Hamid Bhat, a famous classical musician from Kreeri.” 

But for now, he is burning midnight oil preparing for his upcoming Class 12 exams. 

Does he have any long-term plans? “A lot of things are easy to say,” he replies. “But you really can’t talk about the future and what you want to achieve in life. If you are comfortable and can eat what and when you want, that is a start. But what can you say when your father is ill and you have a family of seven to feed?”