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

Lists with This Book. It is the culture, tradition, the people who made kashmir, that was destroyed along with the humanity and brotherhood that existed.

This book tells the story of Kashmir as seen through the eyes of the author, Basharat Peer. When there is cricket match between India and Pakistan, the Muslims belonging to India supports Indian team, whereas the Kashmiri Muslims supports Pakistan.

Although all those while, his thoughts and mind remained occupied with his hometown and the violence happening over there.

The second half of his book records his interviews bashagat victims of the army occupation: See 1 question about Curfewed Night…. Brainwashed youths would realize that the way of the militant is only ruining their beautiful state.

He writes about the humiliation of being searched and questioned by the Indian military constantly as people move about. Apr 06, Nirmalya rated it it was amazing.

Curfewed Night

I have come across few people who could not appreciate the book, for presenting a negative image of the Indian Army.

But, the author should have talked about the brutalities inflicted on these people which made them refugees in their own state. Houses grew smaller, paddies turned into neat green squares, metal roads connecting villages shrank into black lines, and the coquettish clouds took new shapes.

It destroyed many lives. The narrative is appealing yet evocative which will make the readers feel with a sense of longing and nostalgia towards their own childhood days. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


I would have reacted in the same way the Kashmiris are. Even today one can find many Kashmiri Muslims supporting Pakistan and are very vocal about it. 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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Sample this; “Spring was the season of green mountains and meadows, blushing snow and the expanse of yellow mustard flowers in the fields around our village. A society where a door knock after sunset is an alarm for danger to the life and a morning stroll is impossible without an identity card, checks and frisks and the fear of a bomb exploding somewhere nearby is very real, uncertainty of life cannot be more.

Men liken him help maintain sanity in a world full of hatred and violence.

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. Our ancestral home was completely destroyed, and I have not yet been able to go back. This is time curfrwed fight, to raise our voice for kashmir. Many parents, including Peer’s, sent their sons away to finish their education far away from the valley.

On the similar lines, the people who have been “brought up” in other states of India might feel reading it a bit awkward. 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. Something is lost after reading this! He had been in a college next to mine. I cannot say which of all those stories and interviews he had penned down are more painful and disturbing, story of Mubeena Ghani a newly weeded bride who was raped a few hours after her marriage by Indian paramilitary soldiers?

May 04, aman Caur rated it really liked it. Hopefully, every kashmiri pandit would know better to write their story and tell it too. It is also curffwed to not Though I intended to read it earlier, Basharat Peer’s book went mainstream after the release of ‘Haider’.


These groups also cuffewed have links with the Taliban. Bsharat book tells the story of the men and women of Fighter Command who worked tirelessly in air bases scattered throughout Britain to thwart the Nazis. After his graduation, Peer takes up a job at a local daily newspaper as a journalist where he learns about the struggling life a fresh journalist out of college by constantly staying on his feet to look out for any kind of breaking story.

Sep 18, Vinit rated it liked it.

And finally he returned to the valley, no longer the naive year-old but a reporter aware of all those unwritten books of the Kashmir experience. Unfortunately, where there is no truth there can be no reconcilation or resolution. 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 curfweed.

In the US, you get only sanitised reporting on Iraq and Afghanistan and not the truth. This is a really important book that was written in the most beautiful way possible for a non-fiction one to be. The book is not all sadness and murder and rape though. They burn your flesh prer you speak. An evocative account of life in Kashmir.

I watched him join his friends, carrying wooden guns and broken plastic balls stuffed with cloth meant to be hand grenades. Views Read Edit View history. The author was a teenager when the militancy started in his home state of Kashmir. He seemed to have transformed into a Delhi University alumnus and currfewed he was an Nihgt paramilitary officer posted in Kashmir.

We had tea and smoked.