Curfewed Night

Curfewed Night Basharat Peer s powerful memoir about growing up in war torn Kashmir

  • Title: Curfewed Night
  • Author: Basharat Peer
  • ISBN: 9788184000344
  • Page: 384
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Basharat Peer s powerful memoir about growing up in war torn Kashmir.

    Curfewed Night Curfewed Night by Basharat Peer Curfewed Night is a poignant peek into a Kashmir that the rest of us Indians can t even fathom to imagine Any political commentator who claims that India is a soft state just needs to look at the excesses of the military in the Valley. Curfewed Night One Kashmiri Journalist s Oct , Curfewed Night is a tale of a man s love for his land, the pain of leaving home, and the joy of return as well as a fiercely brave piece of literary reporting Curfewed Night Book by Basharat Peer Official Curfewed Night, his first book, won one of India s top literary awards, the Vodafone Crossword Book Award for English Non Fiction Peer is a Fellow at Open Society Institute and lives in Curfewed Night One Kashmiri Journalist s Frontline Oct , Curfewed Night One Kashmiri Journalist s Frontline Account of Life, Love, and War in His Homeland Hardcover PDF Download Curfewed Night Free NWC Books Curfewed Night is a tale of a man s love for his land, the pain of leaving home, and the joy of return as well as a fiercely brave piece of literary reporting. Curfewed Night A

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    1. Basharat Peer

      Basharat Peer was born in Kashmir in 1977 He studied journalism and politics at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism He has worked as an editor at Foreign Affairs and served as a correspondent at Tehelka, India s leading English language weekly His work has appeared in The Guardian, New Statesman, The Nation, Financial Times Magazine, N 1, and Columbia Journalism Review, among other publications Curfewed Night, his first book, won one of India s top literary awards, the Vodafone Crossword Book Award for English Non Fiction Peer is a Fellow at Open Society Institute and lives in New York.

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    1. “Home is people. Not a place. If you go back there after the people are gone, then all you can see is what is not there any more.”----Robin HobbBasharat Peer, an Indian author, has penned his poignant memoir, Curfewed Night where he flawlessly captures the conflicted as well as forgotten pain of the pastoral state of India through his childhood days till adulthood and the author has also captivated the strong sense of one's own "home" be it idyllic or broken or tortured. Through this memoir, [...]


    2. Curfewed Night is a poignant peek into a Kashmir that the rest of us Indians can't even fathom to imagine. Any political commentator who claims that India is a soft state just needs to look at the excesses of the military in the Valley. I have never been too bothered by politics and I've always wondered why others get so agitated when Kashmir is missing from the Indian map. How can a few missing lines hurt you? And after finishing this book I feel that the rest of India actually have no right to [...]


    3. I had a really tough time with this book. It lurked on my bookshelf for so long because I used to pick it up, read a few pages, put it down and pick up another book. It was extremely difficult to finish reading it. Was it so bad? No it wasn't. Was it so painful? It was painful but that was not the reason why I didn't feel like reading it. The real reason was that I think as always when the story of a state/country is told, it is a one-sided view. And since this one-sided view showed a lot of hat [...]


    4. A must read for every Indian. The Kashmir story told by a Kashmiri. Breaks many presumptions Indians generally have about the Kashmir problem and the Indian army.A war may or may not bring glory, but it surely does leave lives shattered, minds debilitated and sometimes souls repented. More so, if it goes on for years after years. Deeply moving and disturbing stories of all of them- Muslim youths who joined the militancy, dreamed of Azaadi but died young labelled as terrorists; Hindu Pandits who [...]


    5. If Injustice was done with kashmiri hindus so was with the innocent muslims. Murder/ death of a human whether one belongs to hindu community or muslim is tragic. But what is worse is living forever under the threat of death, of living in chains. Violence and vioation of human beings is never a solution. Kashmir faced not just viloence but violation of basic humanity irrespective of religion or caste. The kashmir that was, no longer is. It is the culture, tradition, the people who made kashmir, t [...]


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


    7. This is a really important book that was written in the most beautiful way possible for a non-fiction one to be. That's why I gave it 5 stars, although there were some little details that I may not have liked or understood completely.This book is not easy to read, although it's just about facts and memories of a man living in a place called Kashmir. For anyone who hasn't heard about this place, it is located between India and Pakistan, and it is absolutely beautiful. If I remember correctly, it [...]


    8. I started my year with “Curfewed Night”. The book by Basharat Peer is blunt about the turmoil of Kashmiri people and its anti Indian stand. It may hurt a few sentiments here and there, but it is what it is in Kashmir. Kashmir, a princely state, was unfortunately straddling between the most politically sensitive states (to-be-countries). After tribal attacks from the Pakistani tribes, the Maharaja of Kashmir, Hari Singh, chose to sign a treaty of accession with India and also demanded a refer [...]


    9. A very readable account of the Kashmiri man's side of the story. As with a personal account, there is bound to be some bias, but in this case some of the biases r significant.Whether the bias is due to incompetence or intention, i do not know. Further Reading is recommended to get a rounded picture.Edited in 2016 (a couple of yrs later) :- MJ Akbar writes with irony of a saying in his book on Kashmir - "If u go to a Kashmiri with a sob-story, u will hear a greater sob-story." It is amazing how K [...]


    10. This book served as an excellent counterpart to The Collaborator, Mirza Waheed's novel about the crisis in Kashmir in the late 1980s and early 1990s, as the narrator of that novel and the author of this book are of similar ages and backgrounds. 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 region, experience great hardship and tragedy during the [...]


    11. Cựu tổng thống Mỹ Bill Clinton nói rằng Kashmir là nơi nguy hiểm nhất thế giới và "Đêm giới nghiêm" đã khẳng định điều đó.Chiến tranh, xung đột, chết chóc, súng đạn, nghĩa quân là những từ được lặp đi lặp lại trong cuốn sách đẫm máu và nước mắt này.Nhưng điều tôi khâm phục hơn hết thảy ở Basharat Peer là tình yêu vô bờ bến của anh dành cho quê hương xứ sở của mình, khi anh đang [...]


    12. I REALLY wanted to like this, having met Peer a few times on the NYC journo/policy circuit. I get, sort of, what he's trying to do here, to give us an image of Kashmiris as basically a nation without a state, stuck within the nation-state of India and to take the religious nature of the conflict between Pakistan and India OVER Kashmir off the table. As a journalist, he does a good job being fair in advancing this view, giving us nuanced and diverse pictures of all the parties involved in the Kas [...]


    13. An evocative account of life in Kashmir.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.What emerges out of this is a book which will make for uncomfortable reading to anyone who sincerely believes in the Idea of India. An important book which must be made mandatory reading for students [...]


    14. I read Our Moon Has Blood Clots by Rahul Pandita, where the plight of Kashmiri Pandits was narrated extensively. To get the story of both sides, I picked this book by Basharat Peer. If you notice, both the authors are Kashmiri, one is Kashmiri Pandit and the other a Muslim from Kashmir. Both authors have shared the stories as they saw it. Both the books capture the forgotten pain of Kashmiri's we can't even imagine. Injustice was done not only to the Pandits but also to the Muslims in Kashmir. K [...]


    15. It is not often that we come across a book by a Palestinian in the occupied territories about his life or by a Bosnian on Srebrenica or an Iraqi about the Abu Ghraib and so on. But Bhasharat Peer's book is one such book. It is by a Kashmiri from the Indian part of Kashmir and chronicles life in the valley of Kashmir since 1990, when the insurgency began. As a young boy of 14, Peer lives through the horror of violence, brutality, murder, rape and destruction by both the Indian security forces and [...]


    16. Kashmir eludes all. It does not lie in the old movies. It does not reside in declarations of Mughal emperors. It escapes the imagination that tries to pin it down as a burning wound of terror on the nation’s visage. If it’s essence to be captured, only a son of the Kashmiri soil can do it. Basharat Peer’s Curfewed Night is an honest effort at attempting what should have been attempted a long time ago. It goes beyond the political rhetoric that envelopes Kashmir and is the authentic story o [...]


    17. Though I intended to read it earlier, Basharat Peer's book went mainstream after the release of 'Haider'. I admit 'Haider' made me pick the book over Pandita's 'Our moon has blood clots', which I assume has the same base material. 'Curfewed Night' is a disappointing book. It is written more as a chronology of Basharat Peer's life than as a history of Kashmir. It thus, reads like an overlong blog post. Even so, Peer's experiences are interesting enough to be readable. It is also difficult to not [...]


    18. This book was a necessary read. My father's family was a part of the Kashmiri diaspora. Half of the family emigrated to Pakistan during the partition. Our ancestral home was completely destroyed, and I have not yet been able to go back. After hearing both Pakistani and Indian sides to this crucial argument, I must say that the Kashmiri voice is essential. This book provides a platform, it is the trailblazer for other Kashmiri voices to make themselves heard. There is no end in sight to this conf [...]


    19. Beautifully written and poignant. The author meets up and interviews different people affected by the conflict in one way or the other- former classmates- turned- militants, survivors of torture camps, people who have lost entire families and turned to faith and poetry, rape victims, Kashmiri pandits displaced from home, educated professionals who could have lived safer and better lives outside Kashmir but chose to return or stay back. The novel ends on a poignant note, with the author wishing t [...]


    20. Pain and fear and loss and melancholy can shred souls okay but give them a pen a, camera, a voice and see what mountains they cannot move. This is one such book. Might even be the first to do so from the valley. From blood boiling rage to moistened eyes, from recalling Manto to unearthing some precious childhood memories, this fast and focussed narrative by Basharat Peer made me see it all. Hope this writing inspires many others from the troubled and torn Kashmir valley to come up and give voice [...]


    21. It hurt.Won't write more.Don't read it as just another book.Read it only if you are ready to face the reality.Don't read and forget. Read and keep reading again and remember it before posting stupid status updates from the comfort of your air conditioned rooms and offices.I highly recommend it to everyone. But don't expect a joyous roller coaster. Thanks Shafi for the recommendation and Swayam for the gift.


    22. By Basharat Peer. Grade A+I am a naturally curious person, and was looking for some good books on Kashmir to clear up some of my doubts, when I was offered this book to review. I am glad I accepted it, because Curfewed Night is easily one of the best books I have read this year. Basharat Peer was a teenager when the separatist movement exploded in Kashmir in 1989. Over the following years countless young men, seduced by the romance of the militant, fuelled by feelings of injustice, crossed over [...]


    23. Kashmir caught my interest with the news of death of Burhan wani and havoc state was witnessing. My understanding of Kashmir issues was little,so I lined up next few reads on Kashmir. To begin with I opted Curfewed Night,a well researched and fairly well written memoir. Being a journalist Basharat Peer had maintained his journalistic style writing throughout. I had always love this genre of writing, which made it bit more interesting to me. Book is disturbing, dark at times honestly revealing li [...]


    24. Everyone wished they had sons instead of daughtersIt's a great depiction of the author's rather personal tale of his life in the militant 1990's of Kashmir. The only aspect missing is historical context and reasons behind the uprising. Why did the population rise against the Indian state by resorting to arms instead of votes is not really explained.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. The [...]


    25. What "Curfewed Night" accomplishes that many accounts on Kashmir leave out is detailing the effects of a military occupation on the daily lives of Kashmiris. You read about attacks in the newspapers and get the date, death toll, location, and maybe the names of the deceased. This memoir goes much further. How Peer's grandfather is consumed by anxiety every time the doorbell rings; how his father ducks when a frooti juice pack bursts; how checkpoints and frisks are as routine as the sunrise. Kash [...]


    26. Basharat Peer was a teenager when militancy broke out in Kashmir in the early nineties. This book is mainly about his experiences and memories from that troubled period where ‘army’ and ‘militant’ became the only two criteria to distinguish one from the other in the valley. Going back to his roots in the early 2000s, Peer tracks down his relatives, acquaintances, friends and former militants to understand, document and above all ‘feel’ the emotional upheavals that generations across [...]


    27. A must read for anyone who is trying to understand the side of the conflict from the point of view of those who live through it. It explains vividly how conflicts such as Kashmir are never black and white, but many shades of gray. At the same time, by no means does this book provide a complete view into the issues facing Kashmir; it doesn't explain how and why a calm and peaceful Valley descended into utter chaos in late 80s and early 90s, it doesn't say why, even during the peaceful early days, [...]


    28. All in All, I would say a book which needs to be read with a bit of an unbiased mind. Especially, some instances that were jotted are real and sad but they may hurt certain sentiments of a particular diaspora.The thing is author has presented his view and its very fine because that is how he was brought up and that is what he has faced. On the similar lines, the people who have been "brought up" in other states of India might feel reading it a bit awkward. So I would say the review of such book [...]


    29. Bias, bias and more bias. Allowing a bit of leeway as it is a first person memoir, the author still shocks with the way he describes militants as innocents. You feel as if he still harbours ill feelings towards 'India', which he describes as an alien/foreign country throughout the book. Although he describes himself as well read, I have serious doubts about his claims. Some of his stories evoke genuine grief, but when you are waging a war, that too for secession, there will be collateral damage. [...]


    30. I am a war child.I was there when "that" holocaust happened and all the civilized world stood silent and ignored us.This book is a "giant leap" for Kashmiri Struggle.Its written passionately and I broke down several times and reflected back on those days of 90'sd this is what I learnt from this book In the words of King,"Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you [...]


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