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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If you go back there after the people are gone, then all you can see is what is not there any more. This review is useless without an excerpt.

Hardcoverpages. Whether the bias is due to incompetence or intention, i do not know. Was it so bad? Would you like to tell us about a lower price? I’m glad that Peer has now chosen to dedicate his life to documenting it and I hope that others in India and beyond will follow his example.

Some of the victims die while others are left scarred for life.

Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. There were books written by people from almost every conflict zone of the age, but where were the stories of his own homeland of Kashmir? Some members of the security forces overstep their limits and indulge in torturing innocent people. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Kashmir caught my interest with the news of death of Burhan wani and havoc state was witnessing. Militancy inevitably leads to such a vicious environment where compatriots have nothing but suspicion, fear and hatred for each other. But though he was tempted, like one of his cousins, to join the militants, Peer grew increasingly suspicious of their tactics.

Feb 09, Arathi Mohan rated it really liked it Shelves: Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. The final chapters bring this great book to an emotional crescendo, with the spotlight on the hapless common Kashmiri.

There are more amazing things about this books that I just cannot put them all together in this hurriedly-written review, and I highly recommend all the people in this world, if you want to explore more about Kashmir lives, war, love, friendship through the lens, the memories of a man who actually came from there, pick this book up and devour it. Kashmir Bollywood Basharat Peer reviews.


I would definitely recommend this book to people who want to know more about Kashmir as well as most Indians, who really have NO idea what’s going on or don’t care. Basharat starts narrating the story from the memories of his childhood days in Kashmir and history of Kashmir. Open Preview See a Problem? Hopefully, every kashmiri pandit would know better to write their story and tell it too.

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But the beginning of the conflict, the radicalization of kashmiri Islam, the loss of lives and dignity of the Hindus at the hands of the terrorists, their mass exodus under duress, and the curfewes nature of the ongoing protests are conveniently glossed over, whereas the terrorists are painted as heroes, their murders are justified like Yusuf who was killed for being opportunistic, his own parents cirfewed almost blasted because an ikhwani had misguided the terrorists etcarmy is demonized and there is no mention of the sexual humiliation of the locals by the terrorists.

Kashmir, a princely state, was unfortunately straddling between the most politically sensitive states to-be-countries. Any political commentator who claims that India is a soft state just needs to look at the excesses of the military in the Valley. It is a war that hasn’t yet ended, though it has changed shape considerably in the last 20 years.

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

I must applaud the author for picking up a topic so close curfewd his heart and exploring it all that he could and then writing it down. The author unfolds the honest brutality of the great Indian Army sniffing and raining down bullets if something is slightly amiss because of a possible militants’ attack but that is not the painful part, the real shocking revelation is that during those bullet raining, innocent lives including children, brother, sister, husband, felt prey to it.

Why the mainland is fighting so much to keep them prisoners. Many people have lifted themselves out of poverty, people from very humble backgrounds are making it to colleges and getting decent jobs, more youngsters are opening their own business and so on. Basharat Peer was born and raised in Kashmir and curfewer book serves as both his memoir and an elegy for that beautiful but troubled land.


So I would say the review of such book All in All, I would say a book which needs to be read with a bit of an unbiased mind. Through this memoir, the author has walked down into the memory lane of his childhood days in Kashmir. Violence and vioation of human beings is never a solution.

It does not lie in the old movies. 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 ngihts, 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.

This book is not easy to read, although it’s just about facts and memories of a man living in a place called Kashmir.

Sample this; “Spring was the season of green mountains and meadows, blushing snow nigghts the expanse of yellow mustard flowers in the fields around our village. Military checkpoints were everywhere, and humiliation and abuse from the Indian security forces towards the Kashmiri residents was part of daily life. Explore the Home Gift Guide. Peer was only 13 in when Indian troops fired on pro-independence Kashmiris and, as he puts it, “the war of my adolescence started”.

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

Peer has a superb feel for language and incident. And those stories are really powerful and honest enough to bring tear in the eyes of the readers. Towarsds the end, he writes about the Indian military personnel as follows: You were asked to remove your clothes, even your underwear.