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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They live in fear of the security forces as well as the militants. Their works, too, have been highlighted. Curfewed Night is a single most brilliant memoir set in the backdrop of the violence of s Kashmir. But then, all the violence takes place only in the valley of Kashmir.

It wasn’t a comforting thought.

Inthe young journalist left his job and returned to his homeland to search out the stories and the people which had haunted him. Some of the victims of torture by the security forces also admitted that all soldiers were not bad — there were decent men too. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Many of these men would have preferred nightw be anywhere else but in Kashmir. It is the book of Basharat’s Peer experiences, yes, but those experiences include returning to Kashmir and seeking out the stories of others affected by the conflict.

In such a scenario, it is always the common man who ends up suffering the most.

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They raised the ladder like a seesaw and pushed your head into the ditch. He sits at a bus-stop waiting for the bus to take him to Kunan Poshpura, but when it arrives he just goes on sitting, listening to the sound of the revving engine, and watching the bus drive away.

This book tells the story of Kashmir as seen through the eyes of the author, Basharat Peer. 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. At the risk of being accused for sedition, I am going to quote what she said: We haven’t had military boots shoved into our faces, our neighbours and loved ones haven’t been dragged away in the dead of the night by army men, we haven’t lost an entire generation of young men fighting for freedom against a state that they scarcely feel any connection to and we certainly don’t have the right to make the choice about Kashmir.


The Government of India responded by deploying the army and the paramilitary forces to deal with the militants. Book is disturbing, dark at times honestly revealing li Kashmir caught my interest with the news of death of Burhan wani and havoc state was witnessing.

Peer has a superb feel for language and incident. You almost felt relieved byy they tied your pants near the ankles and put mice inside. Curfewed Night is filled with many such finely judged details, which quietly detonate on the page.

Nobody should have to live under these conditions with shattered dreams and hopelessness. A very well written book. In the US, you get only sanitised reporting on Iraq and Afghanistan and not the truth.

This left basharwt aghast: Some individuals keep changing sides when it suits them. The author was a teenager when the militancy started in his home state of Kashmir. 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.

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

How the Indian government was allowed to get away which such mass atrocities in Kashmir demonstrates the value of false image.

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Once such poem by Agha Shahid Ali has been quoted which I would like to mention: There is no end in sight to this conflict, but it will be altogether impossible if there are no ;eer Basharaf Peers speaking for their generation. Insightful, personal and very readable. Might even be nihts first to do so from the valley.


It is killing me, says one mights as life under occupation and terrorist threat grinds down upon him. 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 referendum later.

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.

Sep 07, Arvind rated it liked it Shelves: Peer was sent off to boarding school in Aligarh to keep out of trouble. But the Kashmiri demonstrations faded out after the massacres of protestors like Gawkadal Massacre, which is described as worst massacre in Kashmir history. The mindless violence would stop, and the money spent on deploying and maintaining the security forces could be spent on social welfare such as healthcare, infrastructure and education.

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Peer makes you share his angst while provoking sympathy for the people in the conflict torn valley. Order by newest oldest recommendations.

East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. I think that the day has arrived. If you notice, both the authors are Kashmiri, one is Kashmiri Pandit and the other a Muslim from Kashmir. It tells the history of a troubled place, not in terms of the power play and the “big picture”, but how it felt like growing up in this world He was, according to rumour, betrayed by a jealous rival at work.

Ghulam Ahmad Peer had great respect for knowledge, loved books and inculcated the habit of reading in the author. Lyrical, spare, gut-wrenching and intimate, Curfewed Night is a stunning book and an unforgettable portrait of Kashmir in war.