Jun 4, As a young student in Delhi, Basharat Peer used to feel a sense of shame each time he walked into a bookshop. There were books written by. Curfewed Night has ratings and reviews. Supratim said: This book tells the story of Kashmir as seen through the eyes of the author, Basharat Pe. 4 quotes from Curfewed Night: ‘Newspapers routinely refer to the missing men as ‘disappeared persons’, and their waiting wives are the ‘half-widows’.’.

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Many teenagers cross the Line of Control, to train in Pakistani army camps. But in the Kashmir valley, even the life of a student was fraught. Want to Read saving…. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Why the mainland is fighting so much to keep them prisoners. His urge to write about Kashmir brings him back to his home, and cudfewed is inspired to write all that he knows about the valley.

Might even be the first to do so from the valley. 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.

But the book isn’t without complete hope, you can almost see peace on the horizon, a hope that this situation will be resolved sooner or later. At times, they would not undress you but tie you to the ladder. There is no end in sight to this conflict, but it will be altogether impossible if there are no more Basharaf Peers speaking for their generation.

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

It does not reside in declarations of Mughal emperors. Kashmiri Pandits had to leave their land to save their lives, Muslims stayed back, but always in constant fear, both from the militants and the Indian Army.

The author was sent off to study in Aligarh and eventually became a reporter in Delhi.


cirfewed He writes about politicians living in refurbished torture chambers, idyllic villages rigged with landmines, and ancient Sufi shrines decimated bashart bomb blasts.

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.

Curfewed Night by Basharat Peer

It is also difficult to not be taken in chrfewed the poetry of Peer’s writing: Violence and vioation of human beings is never a solution. The sufficed pain of the common Kashmiri folks is very well arrested by the author with his journey to absolution in the picturesque valley of snow-capped mountains and clear blue streams and the vast green flora. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty.

It was hard reading to these parts, but that was necessary hardness for readers to fully realize and be aware of how serious the conflict in Kashmir has been.

The author due to his past experiences, is full of hatred and his account may be one-sided and biased. For all the stories of suffering he seeks out, there is one he cannot bring baasharat to look at too closely. Accessibility links Skip to nightd Skip to navigation. Finally, he quits his job to interview the people, who suffered by insurgent in Kashmir. 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, the incidents, be emotional themselves.

Apr 26, Raeesa rated it really liked it. Thanks Shafi for the recommendation and Swayam for the gift. Sep 07, Arvind rated it liked it Shelves: In the end they are lucky: Read and keep reading again and remember it before posting stupid status updates from the comfort of your air conditioned rooms and offices.

I have come across few people who could not appreciate the book, for presenting a negative image of the Indian Army. Even so, it is a poorer cousin to books of torn yet indefatigable souls such as Primo Levi’s masterpiece, ‘Survival in Auschwitz’ or Arun Ferreira’s recent ‘Colors of the Cage’. 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.


The young Basharat came to an agreement with his father that he would wait a few years before mights whether or not to sign up, and in the meantime he would study.

Bby after finishing this book I feel that the rest of India actually have no right to Curfewed Night is a poignant peek into a Kashmir that the rest of us Indians can’t even fathom to imagine. Like Telegraph Books on Facebook.

The book ends in Aprilwith the hopeful resumption of a bus route between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistani-controlled Kashmir. He was, according to rumour, betrayed by a jealous rival at work. But, lets accept the truth.

Curfewed Night: A Frontline Memoir of Life, Love and War in Kashmir by Basharat Peer

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Nov 19, VaultOfBooks rated it it was amazing. Trivia About Curfewed Night. The subject is interesting and the author caputures you attention early. The author later shifts to Delhi for further studies, during the time when his parents escape a near mortal danger.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Rebellions, his father pointed out, were led by educated men. Kashmir faced not just viloence but violation of basic humanity irrespective of religion or caste. One cannot help but sympathize with the innocent Kashmiris.