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Kashmir, his hometown; Kashmir ,the place where his parents lived; Kashmir which was known for its natural beauty and the Kashmir which was destroyed with the war between the militants and the Indian soldiers. 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.

I am not saying that India is perfect, but most people can sleep peacefully at night. When there is cricket match between India and Pakistan, the Muslims belonging to India supports Indian team, whereas the Kashmiri Muslims supports Pakistan.

Curfewed Night by Basharat Peer

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. And after finishing this book I feel that the rest of India actually have no right to feel any umbrage for a few missing lines on a map.

Pages after pages, author narrates stories of people curfewef by the insurgency; lives taken by the army and by the militants; and the wounds of war screeched across every cugfewed, every hope and every ambition. Our country has been growing steadily. Return to Book Page.

The commander laughed them away, and a few days later Peer’s family heard what had happened and intervened. Nov 19, VaultOfBooks rated it it was amazing. Peer makes you share his angst while provoking sympathy for the people in the conflict torn valley.

What that allusive independence will mean to ordinary Kashmiris is not very clear. Although all those while, his thoughts and mind remained occupied with his hometown and the violence happening over there. But don’t expect a joyous roller coaster. The book reads like a diary of the author as he follows various stories in his journalistic day to day career. More so, if it goes on for years after years. He sits at a bus-stop waiting for the bus to take him curfewdd Kunan Poshpura, ccurfewed when it arrives he just goes on sitting, listening to the sound of the revving curvewed, and watching the bus drive away.


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.

The author’s writing is expressive and is extremely personal thus the readers are bound to feel a connection towards the author’s plight. Both authors have shared the stories as they saw it. The valley is splendidly described.

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

Also, because the Author is known for voicing his support for Pakistan openly. While Pakistan is still fighting to take control of parts of it, India holds that Kashmir is part of India and granted its autonomy. You almost felt relieved until they tied your pants near the ankles and put mice inside. When he was 14, Peer and his friends approached the commander of the separatist group JKLF and asked to be signed up. Mar 03, Supratim rated it liked it Shelves: But in the Kashmir valley, even the life of a student was fraught.

Curfewed Night

But what is worse is living forever under the threat of death, of living in chains. Read to be more aware, more knowledgeable about a war that the world has chose to ignore, and to baasharat this life more, to love the fact that many of us are blessed to live in places where there are no constant gunshots or bombings everyday.

The kashmir that was taken away from both the muslims and the hindus. Some members of the security forces overstep their limits and indulge in torturing innocent people. If you go back there after the people are gone, then all you can see is what is not there any more. Would we expect the same apathy from the world if similar crimes were committed by Pakistan for instance? I talked curfewex my friends form my Delhi University days.


The furfewed compares Kashmiri revolt to Prague and East Berlin but fails to point out that both revolts were against failing states and not against a economic giant like India, which boosts quite a considerable clout niht the world opinion at the moment. 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.

Stories from his childhood sit next to interviews with victims and survivors cugfewed the decades of violence.

He was, according to rumour, betrayed by a jealous rival at work. 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. He seemed to have transformed into a Delhi University alumnus and forgotten he was an Indian paramilitary officer posted in Kashmir.

It is the culture, hight, the people who made kashmir, that was destroyed along with the humanity and brotherhood that existed.

A must read for every Indian. Since then various groups have campaigned — peacefully and violently — for the whole of Kashmir either to join Pakistan or to become an independent state. Many teenagers cross the Line of Control, to train in Pakistani army camps.

Though I intended to read it earlier, Basharat Peer’s book went mainstream after the release of ‘Haider’. 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.

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Many of these men would have preferred to be anywhere else but in Kashmir. The narrative is appealing yet evocative which will make the readers feel with a sense of longing and nostalgia towards their own childhood days.

They broke into groups and took combat positions. May 10, Saransh Chhabra rated it really liked it.