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Maybe that is why he chose to become a journalist. Feb 09, Arathi Mohan rated it really liked it Shelves: All throughout my stay at Srinagar, I was left appalled with the stories or rather say the history of Kashmir shared by the driver of my hired car, hence I was born with this urge to read and know more about such stories and those forgotten history in depth.
Return to Book Page. There is no end in sight to this conflict, but it will be altogether impossible if there are no more Basharaf Peers speaking for their generation. The author’s portrayal of Kashmir is enticing and vivid as he paints a charming landscape as well as the culture and religion of Kashmir filled with monuments like decorated mosques, old buildings with traditional architecture overlooking the river Jhelum or its tributary Lidder river or the Dal Lake in the city of Srinagar.
Trivia About Curfewed Night. Houses grew smaller, paddies turned into neat green squares, metal roads connecting villages shrank into black lines, and the coquettish clouds took new shapes.
Many parents, including Peer’s, sent their sons away to finish their education far away from the valley. It lurked on my bookshelf for so long because I used to pick it up, read a few pages, put it down and pick up another book. The book is not all sadness and murder and rape though. We haven’t had military boots shoved into our faces, our neighbours and loved ones haven’t been dragged away in the dead of the night by army men, we haven’t lost an entire generation of young men fighting for freedom against a state that they scarcely feel any connection to and we certainly don’t have the right to make the choice about Kashmir.
After becoming a journalist for an Indian newspaper, Peer reports on other wars far away from home but is inevitably drawn back to Kashmir. But Kashmir—angrier, more violent, more hopeless—was never far away. As a teenager, even Basharat had the similar dream. I would highly recommend this book to all interested in conflict of Kashmir.
Cutfewed Bhasharat Peer’s book is one such book. Although all those while, his thoughts and mind remained occupied with his hometown and the violence happening over there.
The stories bashaart me to the plight pee the Kashmiri common man who clearly wants an end to this chaos. This page was last edited on 9 Julyat It does not reside in declarations of Mughal emperors. This compelling yet evocative memoir is a must read as it holds the power to change the perspective of the readers about Kashmir. The mindless violence would stop, and the money spent on deploying and maintaining the security forces could be spent on social welfare such as healthcare, infrastructure and education.
The book stays away from the identity politics and polarization that has come to dominate most discourse on Kashmir, and offers instead a nuanced glimpse of the toll the war has taken on the land and its people, building on the humanity we all share. Also, because the Author is known for voicing his support for Pakistan openly.
The second half of his book records his interviews with victims of the army occupation: But the worst was when they inserted copper wire into my penis and gave electric shocks.
Their works, too, have been highlighted. If I remember correctly, it was commented by the former US president Bill Clinton as the most beautiful, also the most dangerous place in the entire world. The narration and writing itself is brilliant. Over the following years countless young men, seduced by the romance of the militant, fuelled by feelings of injustice, crossed over By Basharat Peer. That’s fine in a word news piece; in a memoir, there needs to be some growth.
They have to undergo humiliating military checks every now and then.
Thanks for telling us about the problem. But the book isn’t without complete hope, you can almost see peace on the horizon, a hope that this situation will be resolved sooner or later.
Both authors have shared the stories as they saw it. He seemed to have transformed into a Delhi University alumnus and forgotten he was an Indian paramilitary officer posted in Kashmir. The fact remains that Kashmir was never an independent entity, annexed by the Moghuls, Sikhs, Hindus, and Indians, thereby making independence an alien circumstance for the Kashmiri common man.
Why the mainland is fighting so much to keep them prisoners. The only aspect missing is historical context and reasons behind the uprising.
I treated the book as a book of poetic beauty, much like Kashmir, and thus enjoyed it. Basharat Peer is screenplay writer of Indian Bollywood film haiderwhich is a combination of both Hamlet and Curfewed Night. The book details the massacres purported by the Curfewde army as well as the atrocities committed by the Pakistani trained militancy making me wonder where the loyalties of ordinary Kashmiris actually lay? The level of brutalization inflicted on Kashmir over the past several decades is hard to comprehend.
It is clear that India will not just back down considering pser overwhelming stature in the world today, therefore the Kashmiris have to be prepared for a long separatist struggle to attain their independence. And here is finally the old story of the return home—and the discovery that there may not be any redemption in it.
Somehow the book is disjointed, it jumps from one incident to another but the flow is not smooth. But like the author has valiantly pointed out, local media and the larger world media is just not interested in blaming the largest democracy in the world. Jun 15, Maha rated it it was ok. Deeply disturbed by what he sees there, and facing discrimination as a Muslim Kashmiri in Delhi, he decides to abandon his career as a journalist and write a book about the people he knew, those Kashmiris of different backgrounds he encounters, and the troubled past and recent history of the region.
There are more amazing things about this books that I just cannot put them all together in this hurriedly-written review, and I highly recommend all the people in this world, if you want to explore more about Kashmir lives, war, love, friendship through the lens, the memories of a man who actually came from there, pick this book up and devour it.
Boosting tourism as the only major attraction, wouldn’t the landlocked Kashmiris have to rely on friendly neighbours to sustain the flow of tourists all the time?