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And those stories are really powerful and honest enough to bring tear in the eyes of the readers.

Retrieved from ” https: 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.

It should be about being a Kashmiri. In the US, you get only sanitised reporting on Iraq and Afghanistan and not the truth. In a masterful marriage of memoir and reportage, Peer narrates the tale of his homeland and its people. There are some opportunists who send others to death but keep their own children safe.

It destroyed many lives. Since then various groups have campaigned — peacefully and violently — for the whole of Kashmir either to join Pakistan or to become an independent state. This review is useless without an excerpt. Personal experiences are woven seamlessly into the recounting of bashzrat events. Lists with This Book. 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 curtewed region, experience great hardship and tragedy during the This book served as an excellent counterpart to The CollaboratorMirza Waheed’s novel about the crisis in Kashmir in the late s and early s, as the narrator of that novel and the author of this book chrfewed of similar ages and backgrounds.

After his graduation, he takes up a job at a local newspaper as a journalist. Curfewed Night succeeds as a personal and an ‘on the scene’ account of life in Kashmir during the crisis, and in its hopeful aftermath following the peace resolution between India and Pakistan in Peer has a superb feel for language and incident. He has worked as an editor at Foreign Affairs and served as a correspondent at Tehelka, India’s leading English language weekly.


Thanks Shafi for the recommendation and Swayam for the gift.

Curfewed Night: a Frontline Memoir of Life, Love and War in Kashmir: review

Edited in a couple chrfewed yrs later: They raised the ladder like a seesaw and pushed your head into the ditch. It’s sad how all the conflict zones around the world – Eastern Europe, Africa, Middle East all have a similar story – a tale whose origin is very blurred and people no longer remember what they’re fighting for.

An important book which must be made mandatory reading for students of this complex country. Do they really want freedom from India and if so are they willing to write their history in blood? But though he was tempted, like one of his cousins, to join the militants, Peer grew increasingly suspicious of their tactics. And, there’s no doubt that Basharat Peer came to my rescue with his memoir where he narrates his childhood glory days turning into a nightmare by the mid eighties as insurgency took birth in the form of militants with Kalashnikov fighting for freedom of Kashmir and the injustice done by the Indian army over the course of so many years.

Some could be found in the work of the great poet Agha Shahid Ali, but in terms of prose narrative there was nothing in English but “the unwritten books of the Kashmir experience”.

Fighting and dying for freedom was as desired as the first kiss on adolescent lips. The stories picturing the enticing landscape of Kashmir valley slowly start to show the dark side of the valley filled with army bunkers, patrolling cars and army personnel guarding and checking the common Kashmiri folks disturbing the normalcy in their lives.

Your story is out and the world knows it.

Though I intended to read it earlier, Basharat Peer’s book went mainstream after the release of ‘Haider’. To see what your friends thought of this cudfewed, please sign up. It does not lie in the old movies. But his childhood memories and the ongoing violence keeps him pulling towards Srinagar.

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.


Curfewed Night: a Frontline Memoir of Life, Love and War in Kashmir: review – Telegraph

Checkposts, searchlights, and fear owned the night. The author unfolds the honest brutality of the great Indian Army sniffing and raining down bullets if something is slightly amiss because of a possible militants’ attack but that is not the painful part, the real shocking revelation is that during those bullet raining, innocent lives including children, brother, sister, husband, felt prey to it.

The final chapters of the book detail horror stories by the Indian army and some by the Pakistani sponsored militants on the hapless civilian population. Willingly or unwillingly the common man has to help the militants. I am glad I accepted it, because Curfewed Night is easily one of the best books I have read this year.

Nighht would definitely recommend this book to people who want to know more about Kashmir as well as most Indians, who really have NO idea what’s going on or don’t care.

Its cost in lives lost, futures shattered, innocence lost, dignity humbled, and more. Jun 13, Hafsa rated it really liked it Shelves: But don’t expect a joyous roller coaster.

What shocked me was that the Indian mainland media, in all its reporting, never ever mentioned the term ‘Papa-2’ even though every Kashmiri in Srinagar seems to know about it or have heard about it.

The book by Basharat Peer is blunt about the turmoil of Kashmiri people and its anti Indian stand. Monday 31 December When he was 14, Peer and his friends approached the commander of the separatist group JKLF and asked to be signed up. The author talks about his villagers supporting Pakistan in a India vs. But even after becoming a journalist, all he could notice when he looks around, hears things or thinks is Kashmir.

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