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I admit ‘Haider’ made me pick the book over Pandita’s ‘Our moon has blood clots’, which I assume has the same base material. Peer has a superb feel for language and incident. The only aspect missing is historical context and reasons behind the uprising. Not for kashmiri pandits or muslims.

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The common thread in the book is the plight of the middle class caught in the crossfire of the Indian Army and the Pakistani sponsored militants. Everyone should read it. Although towards the end, the author does try to look at it from the other side but it is a mere trifle compared to the rest of the book.

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

I have never been too bothered by politics and I’ve vurfewed wondered durfewed others get so agitated when Kashmir is missing from the Indian map. I expected a book which would provide me an understanding of a complex situation that is Kashmir, instead what I got was a ‘freedom fighters’ version of his life in the valley.

Among other tragic talesin his moving memoir ,Basharat Peer also provides the fullest account of Gawkadal Bashrat masscare and Syed Abdul Rahman Geelani ,who was arrested in winter for conspiring in the attack on parliament, and later acquitted from all the charges against him in October I treated the book as a book of poetic beauty, much like Kashmir, and thus enjoyed it. Peer longs for a brighter future while hoping that someday the war they were fighting. Half of the family emigrated to Pakistan during the partition.


But the beginning of the conflict, the radicalization of kashmiri Islam, the loss of lives and dignity of the Hindus at the hands of the terrorists, their mass exodus under duress, and the religious nature of the ongoing protests are conveniently glossed over, whereas the terrorists are painted as heroes, their murders are justified like Yusuf who was killed for being opportunistic, his own parents were almost blasted because an ikhwani had misguided the terrorists etcarmy is demonized and there is no mention of the sexual humiliation of the locals by the terrorists.

Peer, a peed 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. This book is not easy to read, although it’s just about facts and memories of a man living in a place called Kashmir.

The book is sensitively written and manages to humanize nitht sides of the conflict.

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Order by newest oldest recommendations. Injustice was done not only to the Pandits but also to the Muslims in Kashmir. Read it only if you are ready to face the reality. I have one criticism for the lack of a better word of the book. I appreciate Peer Ji’s journalism standards. Sample this; “Spring was the season of green mountains and meadows, blushing snow and the expanse of yellow mustard flowers in the fields around our village. Hence after a few years, he goes back to his district in Srinagar, where he interviews people who have either lost someone or have lost themselves in the war.

Somehow the book is disjointed, it jumps from one incident to another but the flow is not smooth.

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This story also reminds us of nighr utter brutality that humans are capable of inflicting on other humans, who just happened to be separated by an imaginary line, a barbed wire fence through some bushes. Basharat Peer has given voice, unforgettably, to a generation of Kashmiris who have never been heard in the United States, but who should be.


Jun 03, Kartik rated it really liked it Shelves: After his graduation, Peer takes up a job at a local daily newspaper as a journalist where he learns about the struggling life a fresh journalist out of college by constantly staying on his feet to look out for peerr kind of breaking story. But structurally, the book doesn’t have a narrative arc; it’s almost too journalistic, anecdote piled upon anecdote with the occasional pull back to restate the thesis, which itself doesn’t build or grow from beginning to end.

Retrieved from ” https: The bookish year-old felt a rush of joy as he heard the men chanting for freedom: While Indian scientists have been sending missions to the space, there are still people who are killing each other in the name of religion, ethnicity, ideology and what not.

And since this one-sided view showed a lot of hat I had a really tough time with this book.

I hoped that someday they could return to their homes where they could sit on balconies and argue with their cousins about changing the TV channel. Curfewed Night is an exceptional personal account of the conflict. It was painful but that was not the reason why I didn’t feel like nivht it. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.

As the book progresses you stamina will be tested as the story meanders to its end. Later he found that they have left the valley for their safety. Kashmiris’ faced violence, irrespective of their religion.

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It basharxt killing me, says one friend as life under occupation and terrorist threat grinds down upon him. The Case for Freedom. Read to be more aware, more knowledgeable about a war that the world has chose to ignore, and to love this life more, to love the fact that many of us are blessed to live in places where there are no constant gunshots or bombings everyday.