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The book ends in Aprilwith the hopeful resumption of a bus route between Srinagar and Muzaffarabadthe capitals of the Baxharat and Nigbt regions of Kashmir. Another one which definitely needs a special mention is: The author captures the change among the landscape as well as among the local people’s demeanor when common curfewde started to avenge for what the army did to their and homeland over the years, but mostly because of their demand for plebiscite of Kashmir within its own sovereignty.

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. This book on a literary level is extremely well written.

This book is based on the experience of the muslim kashmiri and how those who stayed suffered by both the militants as well as the indian military. I would have reacted in the same way the Kashmiris are.

Suffice to say, it’s not Train to Pakistan, but certainly, it’s good enough that if Peer writes a sequel, I’ll read it. When he was 14, Peer and his friends approached the commander of the separatist group JKLF and asked to be signed up. This book served as an excellent counterpart to The CollaboratorMirza Waheed’s novel about the crisis in Kashmir in the late s and early s, as the narrator of that novel and the author of this book are of similar ages and backgrounds.


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We had tea and smoked. It should be about being a Kashmiri. Even today one can find many Kashmiri Muslims supporting Pakistan and are very vocal about it.

The stories moved me to pfer plight of the Kashmiri common man who clearly wants an end to this chaos. Apr 26, Raeesa rated it really liked it. As such this book is a welcome contribution to the literature on the subject. But he was sent to school in Aligarh, to stay away from the violence in Kashmir. If you go back there after the people are gone, then all you can see is what is not there any more. What emerges out of this is a book which will make for uncomfortable reading to anyone who sincerely believes in the Idea of India.

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But the Kashmiri demonstrations faded out after the massacres of protestors like Gawkadal Massacre, which is described as worst massacre in Kashmir history. The author’s father manages to make cufewed son leave the unrest and struggling valley of paradise so that he can finish his education without any disturbance in Aligarh.

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

The early nineties were a naive, heady time. If I remember correctly, it This is a really important book that was written in the most beautiful way possible for a non-fiction one to be. From then on Kashmir became a turbulent terrain of problems. Another sinister development is the increasing prominence in the conflict of Pakistani-funded radical groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed, which carry out suicide attacks in Kashmir, India and even in Pakistan itself against Sufi and Shia mosques.


The chapter “Papa-2” discusses the notorious torture centre of nivht name which was eventually shut down and turned into the residence of a high-ranking government official. I watched him join curfeweed friends, carrying wooden guns and broken plastic balls stuffed with cloth meant to be hand grenades. He writes about the humiliation of being searched and questioned by the Indian military constantly as people move about.

May 04, aman Caur rated it really liked it. The author keeps his tale simple, and keeps the reader interested through out the novel.

Basharat gives a clear account of the brutality by the Indian army raining bullets finding something amiss by the militants, killing many innocent lives including children. The book is not all sadness and murder and rape though. Jan 07, Indiabookstore rated it liked it. View all 7 comments. They did it with most boys. This book tells the story of Kashmir as seen through the eyes of the author, Basharat Peer. Oct 21, Satyam Sai rated it really liked it.

I have come across few people who could not appreciate the book, for presenting a negative image of the Indian Army. They burn your flesh till you speak. 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.

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.