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I am not saying that India is perfect, but most people can sleep peacefully at night.

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From then on Kashmir became a turbulent terrain of problems. Echoes of most of its content can also be heard in the Bollywood movie, Haider Dir. Aug 23, Pragya rated it it was ok Shelves: Bzsharat had covered most famous and publicized stories of nineties those featured Kashmiris. Peer longs for a brighter future while hoping that someday the war they were fighting. Among curfesed tragic talesin his moving memoir ,Basharat Peer also provides the fullest account of Gawkadal Bridge 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 Dec 11, Saburi Pandit rated it really liked it.

The book details the massacres purported by the Indian army as well as the atrocities committed by the Pakistani trained militancy making me wonder where the loyalties of ordinary Kashmiris actually lay?

If you are looking for that then this is a great book, but if you a little want more then please read this along baeharat Rahul Pandita’s ‘ Our moon has blood clots’ and Jagmohans ‘ my frozen turbulence in kashmir’ Having said that it is a page turner and the innocence of life prior to the radicalization is certainly moving. Many of these men would have preferred to be anywhere else but in Kashmir. The author admits that he was fascinated curfeewd the militants and would have joined but for his father and maternal grandfather.

May 10, Saransh Chhabra rated it really basharxt it. India hardly is ever treated to a viewpoint on kashmir by a Kashmiri. I had always love this genre of writing, which made it bit more interesting to me. Countless of people dying and being buried without being identified, hundreds of mothers and fathers crying over the deaths of their children; man being pointed out, tortured and stolen lives right in the modern times The author’s way of expressing and putting those details in parallel with his growing up was not that kind of absolutely emotional or heartbreaking; instead, he chose a kinda cold, natural way of writing, and let the details, oeer incidents, be emotional themselves.


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

Jun 13, Hafsa rated it really liked it Shelves: A society where a door knock after sunset is an alarm for danger to the life and a morning stroll is impossible without an identity card, checks and frisks and the fear of a bomb exploding somewhere nearby is very real, uncertainty of life cannot be more.

View all 7 comments. I can well understand the humiliation because I once had the experience of being stripped naked and searched by the Chilean Immigration as I crossed from the Peruvian border, on suspicion of trafficking in drugs, even though there was no basis at all for it, except for my skin color.

Amidst all this the Kashmiri’s want ‘Independence’. The New York Times described it as “an instructive primer on the conflict mixed with literary reportage on its human toll”.

After hearing both Pakistani and Indian sides to this crucial argument, I must say that the Kashmiri voice is essential.

Instead of focusing on the politico-historical aspects of 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.

Peer reveals stories from his youth as well as gut-wrenching accounts of the many Kashmiris he met years later, as a reporter. He writes about an ill-fated bride who faces extremities of inhumanity on her wedding night, about the torture chamber, PapaII, about the vicious cycle of bribery that kith of the deceased face to get their compensations, about road travels that were filled with multiple obstacles, about a boy who was forced to hold a bomb in his hand while it exploded, about dilapidated temples that was converted into bunkers, about shrinking land space in graveyards, about inhuman treatment, about lost hopes and about strangulatated dreams.


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They raised the ladder like a seesaw and pushed your head into the ditch. It is a wonderfully curewed and candid, if a bit biased, account of the beautiful state which is also called Bhuswarga — paradise on earth. At first, I wanted him to be more analytical- especially at the end, and give his thoughts on a solution to the situation, etc- but he doesn’t. The sufficed pain of the common Kashmiri folks is very well arrested by the author bashagat his journey to absolution in the picturesque valley of snow-capped mountains and clear blue streams and the vast green flora.

Injustice was done not only to the Pandits but also to the Muslims in Kashmir.

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 ends in Aprilwith the hopeful resumption of a bus route between Srinagar and Muzaffarabadthe capitals of the Indian- and Pakistani-administered regions of Kashmir.

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.

Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. I must applaud the author for picking up a topic so close to his heart and exploring it all that he could and then writing it down.

He writes about a notorious torture prison – India’s Abu Ghraib, so to speak – called Papa-2 and graphically details the cruelty and torture that was perpetrated on innocent Kashmiri Muslims there, on suspicion of being militants. 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.