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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.

But the prose is such that it will evoke a vehement response from all readers it touches.

Edited in a couple of yrs later: In such a scenario, it is always the common man who ends up suffering the most. Young children, grown up man, or elderly people; students, workers, or any people in any kind of profession, could be killed because of not only participating in fighting, but also just simply because of living in the bombing zones.

The book is good, but it would have been great if talked about the perspective of the security forces also. Our country has been growing steadily. First of all,I would say that the cover is awesome. That alone is remarkable, given that most books on Kashmir, if they’re not geopolitical or conflict-resolutionary, are accounts by Indian and Western journalists or activists. Monday 31 December Not that kind of emotionally moving – a trait often belongs to the books that I normally gave 5 stars rating to – but I still gave this book 5 stars.

The stories in the book does not have normal flow.

Curfewed Night

Maybe that is why he chose to become a journalist. As with a personal account, there is bound to be some bias, but in this case some of the biases r significant.


Kashmir is stuck somewhere between India and Pakistan. Basharat Peer was born and raised in Kashmir and this book serves as both his memoir and an elegy for that beautiful but troubled land.

But what is worse is living forever under the threat of death, of living in chains. It is meant to be read slowly for it is not easy to digest. You almost felt relieved until they tied your pants near the ankles and put mice inside. Peer writes of how all the embarrassments and failures of adolescence fall away when you join in a procession and feel yourself part of something larger; how the militants who crossed into the Pakistan-controlled part of Kashmir for guerrilla training would return as heroes; how “like almost every boy, I wanted to join them.

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

The book is a compiled list of history of Kashmir and what it has seen all this years; how the people there have survived, killed and been killed. It is a war that hasn’t yet ended, though it has changed shape considerably in the last 20 years.

I cannot say which of all those stories and interviews he had penned down are more painful and disturbing, ngiht of Mubeena Ghani a newly weeded bride who was raped a few hours after her marriage by Indian paramilitary soldiers? It was extremely difficult to finish reading it. Since then various groups have campaigned — peacefully and violently — for the whole of Kashmir either to join Pakistan or to become an independent state.

Some members of the security forces overstep their limits and indulge in torturing innocent people. As the author, I too hope that some day the war and the reasons for its existence would disappear like footsteps on winter snow.

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All in All, I would say a book which needs to be read with a bit of an unbiased mind. Kashmir, a princely state, was unfortunately straddling between the most politically sensitive states to-be-countries.

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Jun 03, Kartik rated it really liked it Shelves: I had always love this genre of writing, which made it bit more interesting to me. And those stories are really powerful and honest enough to bring tear in the eyes of the readers.

Curefwed Curfewed Night he draws a harrowing portrait of Kashmir and its people. The Indian army, in response, has fought the rebels and carried out atrocities which, in turn, have further fuelled the rebellion. But the worst was when they inserted copper wire into my penis and gave electric shocks. Stories from his childhood sit next to interviews with victims and survivors of the decades of violence.

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

Though I intended to read it bsharat, Basharat Peer’s book went mainstream after the release of ‘Haider’. Sep 07, Arvind rated it liked it Shelves: Many parents, including Peer’s, sent their sons away to finish their education far away from the valley. The book ends in Aprilwith the hopeful resumption of a bus route between Bawharat and Muzaffarabadthe capitals of the Indian- and Pakistani-administered regions of Kashmir. It goes beyond the political rhetoric that envelopes Kashmir and is the authentic story of a ravaged land that continues to labour and breathe.

If Injustice was done with kashmiri hindus so was cyrfewed the innocent muslims. India hardly is ever treated to a viewpoint on kashmir by a Kashmiri. Open Preview See a Problem? As such this book is a welcome contribution to the literature on the subject. Was it so painful?

I talked about my friends form my Delhi University days.