This is a powerful review by Kashmiri Basharat Shameem of a novel by award-winning novelist Shahnaz Bashir, a university teacher of journalism & creative writing in Kashmir whose writings have been compared to Russian writer Anton Chekhov. Bashir said of “Half Mother”, “In this strife-torn valley, I have always been tormented by feelings of indefinite & eternal uncertainty. “The Half Mother” is an outcome of those feelings.” The book was written a few years ago, around 2014, before the momentous 2016 uprising that was so brutally repressed by the Indian Army.