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Sep 01, Reshal Suryawanshi rated it really liked it. Both the books capture the forgotten pain of Kashmiri’s we can’t even imagine.
Maybe that is why he chose to become a journalist.
Curfewed Night is an exceptional personal account of the conflict. Sorry but that’s my view. All in All, I would say a book which needs to be read with a bit of an unbiased mind.
It seems while penning his memoir, the author has simply poured out all his emotions from his best days to his nightmarish days in Kashmir. This book is based on the experience of the muslim kashmiri and how those who stayed suffered by both the militants as well as the indian military.
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.
Over the following years countless young men, seduced by the romance of the militant, fuelled by feelings of injustice, crossed over the Line of Control to train in Pakistani army camps.
Our ancestral home was completely destroyed, and I have not yet ucrfewed able to go back. The Indian military in Kashmir is no exception and Peer brings it out poignantly and angrily in his book. 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, niight buildings with traditional architecture overlooking the river Jhelum or its tributary Lidder river or the Dal Lake in the city of Srinagar.
Peer, a studious young man whose father is a respected government official in Srinagar, the summertime capital of Kashmir, shares his personal experiences as his village, like others throughout the region, experience great hardship and tragedy during the Indian Army crackdown against separatist militants and those who support them. It was per to a young militant leader who had been killed by the security forces, and meant for people glorifying the late militant.
Resolving to change that by telling his own story, Peer then embarks upon a journey to understand the conflict and its impact on the basharar Kashmiri better. They were protesting against the killing of Kashmiri demonstrators by Indian soldiers; but ny were also calling for the disputed region to be allowed a plebiscite on its own sovereignty, as the UN had once promised. The poet had lied about paradise. Trivia About Curfewed Night.
The bookish year-old felt a rush of joy as he heard the men chanting for freedom: Instead of focusing on the politico-historical aspects nihht the conflict,the author keeps things personal through his own memories and interactions with various actors in the scene – failed militants,disrupted marriages,lost sons,raped brides,dilapidated shrines. Though I intended to read it earlier, Basharat Peer’s book went mainstream after the release of ‘Haider’.
View all 18 comments. Finally, he quits his job to interview the people, who suffered by insurgent in Kashmir. Lyrical, spare, gut-wrenching and intimate, Curfewed Night is a stunning book and an unforgettable portrait of Kashmir in war.
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. For anyone who hasn’t heard about this place, it is located between India and Pakistan, and it is absolutely beautiful.
It is the culture, tradition, the people who made kashmir, that was destroyed along with the humanity and brotherhood that existed. The sufficed pain of the common Kashmiri folks is very well arrested by the author with his journey to absolution in the picturesque valley of snow-capped mountains and clear blue streams and the vast green flora.
It ran through the reels of Bollywood coming to life in dark theatres, it ran through conversations in coffee shops and on television screens showing cricket matches, it ran through families and dinner talk, it ran through whispers of lovers.
At times, they would not undress you but tie you to the ladder. It continues, following the course of his life, as he becomes a journalist in Delhi. He was from Delhi University too. Peer makes you share his angst while provoking sympathy for the people in the conflict torn valley. Monday 31 December Further Reading is recommended to get a rounded picture.
Want to Read Currently Reading Read. It should be about being a Kashmiri. Ultimately, Journalist prevails to a writer, i would say. The author has vividly portrayed the sufferings of the common Kashmiris. But though he was tempted, like one of his cousins, to join the militants, Peer grew increasingly suspicious of their tactics. I hoped that someday the war they were fighting and the reasons for its existence would disappear like footsteps on winter snow.
Peer is a journalist, so that definitely comes off in his memoir- it’s a lot less literary than one would like, but he is definitely able to get his point across. Basharat Peer describes his life in Kashmir from his birth to the time he becomes a successful journalist. Men liken him help maintain sanity in a world full of hatred and violence. One cannot help but sympathize with the innocent Kashmiris. They tied you to along wooden ladder and placed it near a ditch filled with kerosene oil and red chilli powder.
The author meets up and interviews different people affected by the conflict in one way or the other- former classmates- turned- militants, survivors of torture camps, people who have lost entire families and turned to faith and poetry, rape victims, Kashmiri pandits displaced from home, educated professionals who could have lived safer and better lives outside Kashmir but chose to return or stay back.
There are some opportunists who send others to death but keep their own children safe.
They have to undergo humiliating military checks every now and then. But he returned to his home to tell its story to the world.