Celebrated Malayalam writer N.S. Madhavan, released Mr. Shihab’s book titled Viralattam (‘fingertip’) at the K.P. Kesava Menon Hall at Kozhikode on Saturday, says the young IAS officer’s story will surely touch the hearts of children.
Mohammedali Shihab, the young District Collector of Nagaland’s Kiphire, has already made waves among students in schools and colleges in Kerala. He first came into public attention in 2011 when he cracked the Civil Services exam through sheer perseverance and hard work, after having had to spend a considerable part of his childhood at an orphanage at Mukkam.
He made record by selling 480 books at the book release. ‘Viralattam-Oru yuva IASukarante Jeevitham’ talks about his childhood. The first copy was received by Moyimon Haji (Secretary Muslim Orphanage Mukkam). U V Jose IAs presided over the event. Calicut University Pro Vice Chancellor Dr.P Mohanan, N P Hafiz Mohammad, DC Books CEO Ravi Deecee, M K Ramadas took part in the book release.
Mr. Shihab says the book talks about his childhood experiences in lucid Malayalam, until his arrival at the L.B.S. National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie.
Shihab firmly believes that he has a responsibility to lift the underprivileged by touching their hearts at the right moment. He believes that the future belongs to children from rural areas. Some of his friends say that if his story cannot inspire a village student, then none will.