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I have one criticism for the lack of a better word of the book. There are some opportunists who send others to death but keep their own children safe. Houses grew smaller, paddies turned into neat green squares, metal roads connecting villages shrank into black lines, and the coquettish clouds took new shapes.

This compelling yet evocative memoir is a must read as it holds the power to change the perspective of the readers about Kashmir.

The books provide a clear picture of the ongoing violence in Kashmir through the author’s writing. The author admits that he was fascinated by the militants and would have joined but for his father and maternal grandfather. He writes about the humiliation of being searched and questioned by the Indian military constantly as people move about. Although all those while, his thoughts and mind remained occupied with his hometown and the violence happening over there.

Whether the bias is due to incompetence or intention, i do not know. Basharat Peer was a teenager when the separatist movement exploded in Kashmir in But I strongly believe, it should no longer be just about being a hindu or a muslim. I turned away from the window. But in the Kashmir valley, even the life of a student was fraught.

This line says it all: Of politicians living in refurbished torture chambers and former militants dreaming of discotheques; of idyllic villages rigged with landmines, temples which have become army bunkers, and ancient sufi shrines decapitated in bomb blasts. Half of the family emigrated to Pakistan during the partition. It is the culture, tradition, the people who made kashmir, that was destroyed along with the humanity and brotherhood that existed.


Maybe they — we — have their own reasons, but whatever those reasons might be, I doubt I am going to sympathize with them. Again, a must read for every Indian. Peer was sent off to boarding school in Aligar h to keep out of trouble.

Lyrical, spare, gut-wrenching and intimate, Curfewed Night is a stunning book and an unforgettable portrait of Kashmir in nighy. 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.

The final chapters bring this great book to an emotional crescendo, with the spotlight on the hapless common Kashmiri.

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But, they have mouths to feed at home. And finally he returned to the valley, no longer the naive year-old but a reporter aware of all those unwritten books of the Kashmir experience. Was it so bad? The details of torture, stories of survivals are horrifying. They tied copper wire to your arms and gave high voltage njght.

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But he was sent to school in Aligarh, to stay away from the violence in Kashmir. This is time to fight, to raise our voice for kashmir. 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.

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Such biased and false reporting seems to be endemic of all media representing the majority. Peer writes further on about the once sleepy, peaceful villages being ringed with landmines and old historic temples converted into military camps and bunkers. One day the state would return to normalcy. It thus, reads like an overlong blog post. Get the best at Telegraph Puzzles.

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Because there has always been a constant war, a constant battle, a constant conflict mainly between Kashmir people and the Indian government over the right to official rule this region, happening inside Kashmir that have been taking thousands and millions of innocent lives, which the world has chose to ignore.

At first, I wanted him to be more analytical- especially at the end, and gi Curfewed Night is probably the first account of modern Kashmir written BY a Kashmiri.

But then, all the violence takes place only in the valley of Kashmir. But though he was tempted, like one of his cousins, to join nihht militants, Peer grew increasingly suspicious of their tactics.

Initially the man was arrogant and hostile. And after finishing this book I feel that the rest of India actually have no right to feel any umbrage for a few missing lines on a map. 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 bashwrat, experience great hardship curfewrd tragedy during the This book served as an excellent counterpart to The CollaboratorMirza Waheed’s novel about the crisis in Curefwed in the late s and early s, as the narrator of that novel and the author of this book are of similar ages and backgrounds.

The author nigth about his villagers supporting Pakistan in a India vs. One of the strongest sections describes how it felt to be a young teenager swept up by a movement with “Freedom” as its cry. Those tales shadowed by death and loss, there are also feats of resilience and fortitude. It should be about being a Kashmiri.