Kashmakash was launched on the 26th Nov. 2005, by the Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Rashid Beebeejaun, in the presence of various dignitaries during the Eid Celebration festival held at the Droopnath Ramphul S.S.S. Souvenir and organised by Pamplemousses Triolet Muslim Association.

With the publication of his second book, Kashmakash (The Struggle), Farouq Rujul has put his name high in the history of Urdu Literature in Mauritius, cause that he has become the first Mauritian writer to have published two books in Urdu language. Besides, he has been the first to have written and produced a full length play, “Rishta”, in Urdu language

His first book ‘Aaina’ a satire was written with a touch of humour and sarcasm, in a successfully amusing way on some foolish established customs and mores of our society. Tragically, the book, Aaina, this piece of remarkable and outstanding creative writing, which has received its credence among many foreign Urdu Scholars, viz. Joginder Paul, Mirza Khonch, Shameem Hanafi, Shahid Mahuli, Dr. Zille Huma, to name but a few,  has been regarded with disdain by some local pseudo Urdu Scholars, who have themselves never produced anything worthy of note.

Kashmakash with an ‘Introduction’ by Mr. Aniff Caunhye. The author has come to present the texture and flavour of the modern Urdu short story, both as a daring experiment and as a more refined heir to the traditional form.

Kashmakash, with its 170 pages, succeeds remarkably in acquainting the uninformed outsider with a substantial amount of brilliant Urdu short fiction produced for the time in the history of Urdu in Mauritius. As a matter of fact, this collection goes much further in its highly informative and persuasively argued historical and critical introduction. Clearly, the book makes the recent Urdu short story eminently accessible to Urdu Lovers worldwide.

At the same time, and equally significantly, this anthology holds Urdu short fiction up to the scrutiny of Urdu readers and writers themselves, who can now see it in its surprisingly revealing and attractive form, much as “outsiders” and “foreigners” tend to see it.

To look at a familiar Urdu short story is to see it – at least momentarily – in all its freshness, to perceive its distinctiveness and achievement with greater clarity, and to experience its memorable effects again from unexpected angles.

This book has ten short stories, which are rated high among the short story writers of Urdu locally. The stories are based on his experiences and keen observation of life around him. They depict the life of Mauritian daily lives. Few are humorous and others satirical tale of true picture of rural life.

All the stories portray small and big problems of our lives, social and political phenomena with deep insight. This anthology will be appreciated by both critics and readers.