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May 04, aman Caur rated it really liked it. Brainwashed youths would realize that the way of the militant is only ruining their beautiful state. They are caught between the militants on one hand and the security forces on the other. One of the strongest sections describes how it felt to be a young teenager swept up by a movement with “Freedom” as its cry.

Read it, prepare to be emotionally devastated.

He showed signs of relaxation and turned towards me. Checkposts, searchlights, and fear owned the night. That’s why I gave it 5 stars, although there were some little details that I may not have liked or understood completely. It is not often that we come byy a book by a Palestinian in the occupied territories about his life or by a Bosnian on Srebrenica or an Iraqi about the Abu Ghraib and so on.

This is a really important book that was written in the most beautiful way possible for a non-fiction one to be. His urge to write about Kashmir brings him back to his home, and he is inspired to write all that he knows about the valley.

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Peer’s Curfewed Night is an extraordinary memoir that does a great deal to bring the Kashmir conflict out of the realm of political rhetoric between India and Pakistan and into the lives of Kashmiris. I would have reacted in the same way the Kashmiris are.

The book curfewev in Aprilwith the hopeful resumption of a bus route between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistani-controlled Kashmir. Kashmir faced not just viloence but violation of basic humanity irrespective of religion or caste.

All throughout my stay at Srinagar, I was left appalled basbarat the stories or rather say the history of Kashmir shared by the driver of my hired car, hence I was born with this urge to read and know more about such stories and those forgotten history in depth.


Basharat Peer was born in Kashmir in But five years on, despite occasional curfeded from both the governments, freedom is still a distant prospect for the people of Kashmir. This is one such book. The book stays away from the identity politics and polarization that has come to dominate most discourse on Kashmir, and offers instead a nuanced glimpse of the toll the war has taken on the land and its people, building on the humanity we all share.

One of the best book I have ever read. The Indian military in Kashmir is no exception and Peer brings it out poignantly and angrily in his book. 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.

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

The commander laughed them away, and a few days later Peer’s family heard what had happened and intervened. An important book which must be made mandatory reading for students An evocative account of life in Kashmir.

And those stories are really powerful and honest enough to bring tear in the eyes of the readers. Preview — Curfewed Night by Basharat Peer. If I remember correctly, it This is a really important book oeer was written in the most beautiful way possible for a non-fiction one to be. Even a mere suspicion of being pro-Indian would bring retribution from the militants. Get the best at Telegraph Puzzles.

Curfewed Night

This book provides a platform, it is the trailblazer for other Kashmiri voices to make themselves heard. Our country has been growing steadily. I admit ‘Haider’ made me pick the book over Pandita’s ‘Our moon has blood clots’, which I assume has the same base material. But structurally, the book doesn’t have a narrative arc; it’s almost too journalistic, anecdote piled upon anecdote with the occasional pull back to restate the thesis, which itself doesn’t build or grow from beginning to end.

In a nutshell, this book is a must-read, not because of the fact that this is a non-fictional and a rather true account of the fate and history of Kashmir with the author’s own eyes, but rather because it is more real and emotional to experience the author’s journey as well as Kashmir’s delicate history in the minds of the readers.


This is time to fight, to raise our voice for 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. I have never been too bothered by politics and I’ve always wondered why others get so agitated when Kashmir is missing from the Indian map.

At the end of Curfewed Night Peer crosses the “line of control” the Indo-Pak ceasefire line which functions as a de facto border separating one part of Kashmir from the other.

He was from Delhi University too. Since the book is about Kashmir, the author should have also elaborated more on the massacre of the Kashmiri Pandits and the violence meted out to pro-Indian Muslims. 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? The stories jump from one incident to another.

Hence after a few years, he goes back to his district in Srinagar, where he interviews people who have either lost someone or have lost themselves in the war. It is also difficult to not be taken in by the poetry of Peer’s writing: 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.

It is a formidable challenge to tell the stories of Kashmir’s suffering without numbing the readers’ senses, and that Peer is able to do so is testament to his gifts and sensitivity as a writer.