If you like something, you buy it, get access to it and own it. But when you want it badly and it's not available to you, what do you do then? Either you give up or you come up with something of your own. Right?
That's what Zeyan Shafiq, a 16-year old from Anantnag (Kashmir) has done. When the government of Jammu and Kashmir banned social media platforms in an effort to curb 'anti-national' propaganda, Zeyan decided that it was enough. Taking advantage of the situation, he decided to launch his own social media platform, Kashbook, for the people of Kashmir to connect, share and chat, just like Facebook. That's indeed a massive feat!
Well done Zeyan, Kashmir needs more people like you, who try to connect and not divide. Are you listening stone pelters?
Kashbook is just like Facebook where you can upload and share whatever you love as well as do business, buy/sell, write your heart out and chat.
You can also spread love and humanity, if that's what you are looking to spread.
Born in a well to do family, Zeyan father's is also a software engineer. He had access to laptops and gadgets when he was quite young. He started learning HTML tags when he was just eleven, and later learned other advanced languages such as C++, PHP and CSS.
Zeyan recently passed 10th exams with his friend, Uzair Jan, with whom he started developing the website in 2013. But Kashbook has come into existence only in May 2017 after some restructuring and developments, when Mehbooba Mufti led government banned twenty two social media platforms on 23 April, 2017.
The home page looks very beautiful with a busy Kashmir street in the background giving a very surreal feel.
The Kashbook App is available on Google Play and also on the site. As claimed on the Playstore, it's the first "Instant Messenger for Kashmiris."
I have also downloaded Kashbook, and I find it exactly like Facebook, the only difference I see is KB written instead of FB!
According to the Times of India, the most interesting thing about Kashbook is it doesn't need a VPN to run. So if the server fails or any other issues, Zeyan can fix it up in few minutes time. There are also verified batches given to verified personalities. And you can also play games to your heart's content!
Times of India further writes that Zeyan Shafiq will also be using this website to promote the goods and services of Kashmiris.
Zeyan further added, "Many young people can learn from this initiative and take this as a challenge and invent and develop new things which can serve as tools for betterment of Kashmir and Kashmiris."
After the social media ban, many people turned to use of Virtual Private Network (VPN) in order to defy the ban and access different social media websites which were banned by the state government.
In response to this, Zeyan Malik said to the Times of India "The government has blocked access to all the social networks and they are blocking VPNs too. So, when they'll block the whole access to social media then how will people from valley stay connected with each other? KashBook is the answer to the social media gag."
Where there's a will, there's a way! That's the only lesson we get from this story.
When you don't get what you want in life from others, why don't you create it on your own?
Anything is possible. Give it a try.