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    Curfewed Night  (English, Paperback, Basharat Peer)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Random House India
    • ISBN: 9788184000900, 8184000901
    • Edition: 1st Edition, 2009
    • Pages: 256
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    Curfewed Night is a moving memoir on the conflict in Kashmir by Basharat Peer, an eminent and renowned Indian journalist.

    Summary of the Book

    Curfewed Night is a brave and notable piece of literary reporting which reveals the personal stories behind brutal conflicts in Kashmir. It is the tale of a man’s love for his motherland, the pain of leaving home and the happiness of returning. The author provides a vivid account of the Separatist Movement that has engulfed Kashmir since 1989 and which led to more than seventy thousand people being killed in the battle between India and Pakistan over Kashmir. The author narrates stories from his youth and gives tragic and upsetting accounts of the many Kashmiris he met years later as a reporter. The book includes chronicles of a young man who joined a Pakistani training camp, a mother who was forced to watch her son hold an exploding bomb by Indian troops, and a poet who found religion when his entire family was brutally killed. This book provides detailed descriptions and a vivid picture of Kashmir, once considered a paradise on Earth, which has been reduced to a miserable and pitiable state today.

    About Basharat Peer

    Basharat Peer is an Indian journalist, social commentator and author of Kashmiri ethnicity. He was born in Seer, Anantnag in Jammu and Kashmir. He completed his initial schooling in Kashmir and continued his higher education in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh. He studied Political Science at Aligarh Muslim University and Journalism at Columbia University. For his book, Curfewed Night, he won the Crossword Prize for Non-Fiction and was chosen among the Books of the Year by The Economist and The New Yorker. He currently runs the India Ink blog on the digital edition of The New York Times.

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      • 2009
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      • Basharat Peer was born in Kashmir in 1977. He studied politicalscience at Aligarh Muslim University and journalism at Columbia University. He hasworked as a reporter at Rediff and Tehelka and has written for various publicationsincluding the Guardian, Financial Times, New Statesman and Foreign Affairs, where hewas assistant editor. He is currently based in New York.
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    5

    Kashmir from a Kashmiri

    I purchased the book with no inkling of the content inside it. I was just attracted to the fact that it was a book on Kashmir written by a Kashmiri.

    The book really opens your eyes. I was born in the 80's and I was never aware of the exact reasons for the beginning of the armed conflict in Kashmir...Its not a historical treatise....it just shows how little we know about Kashmir and the struggles of its natives....

    Kudos to the author for the brilliant book and thank you for sharing the plig...
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    Srinam Misra

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    Thought provoking

    Its difficult to describe how good and how important a book Curfewed Night is. Most Indians think they have a fair understanding of the conflict in Kashmir and to be honest, I too was one of them. However Basharat Peer's excellent book made me realise how little I knew about what was going on in one of the most beautiful states in our country.

    Basharat had done a very good job in piecing together the different pieces that make up the Kashmir puzzle and the amount of research that he has don...
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    Neil Dsouza

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    12 Dec, 2011

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    We are educated,but,a half educated at all.

    We are educated,but,a half educated at all. after reading this book one can know how blind,deaf and dumb we are .We are not practical individuals and our education system is still growing up as british left

    Its difficult to describe how good and how important a book Curfewed Night is. Most Indians think they have a fair understanding of the conflict in Kashmir and to be honest, I too was one of them. However Basharat Peer's excellent book made me realise how little I knew about what was goin...
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    Kuldeep Dulta

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    26 Jul, 2013

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    too gud

    jus done with d reading 'Curfewed Night'..
    Its abt kashmir.. military.. militants.. collateral damage.. destroyed work culture..
    how ppl support n suffer in d hands of both military and militants..
    A heart rending, dejecting, brutally honest story frm an insider showing both side of d coin which is left untouched by d mainstream media most of d times.
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    Sandeep Jadhav

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    15 Oct, 2011

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    Must read before a trip to Kashmir!

    What a brilliant read before my trip to Gulmarg. Its a must read if you are going to engage in long conversations with locals to understand where they are coming from. Some parts quite literally made my stomach turn and some parts brought a smile to the face. All in all, a great book on understanding the turmoil and agitation that is Kashmir.
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    Dhaval Sanghavi

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    5 Mar, 2013

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    Striking truth

    This book is first of its kind related to Kashmir. And what adds to its worth is that is written by Basharat Peer, born and grown up in Kashmir. The nice thing a about the book is that it has been craftily divided into chapters and the writing very lucid.
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    Tavseef Mairaj

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    2 Sep, 2011

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    I feel hurt after reading the book

    Indian educational system doesn't tell you to think from the other angle. It always forces you to follow which has been taught.

    But if you are not from that school of thought like me, you would start thinking differently towards Kashmir and the issue.

    I hope the Kashmiris.. who are still in valley sighting hope, Pandits who migrated to Jammu and Delhi after brutal killings and Muslims who left the state short of opportunities for youngsters... will get justice..

    I want to see properous Kas...
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    Kshitish Jeurkar

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    18 Feb, 2012

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    An insider's view but too self centric

    The book does well to vividly narrate several facets of life in Kashmir of which outsiders could never know much about. Some incidents and facts are so tragic and described so graphically that at times one feels like slowing down th pace of readingto digest these shocking truths. But, while the book does describe the sorry plight of the ordinary Kashmiris, it makes only a passing reference to the equally bad plight of the Kashmiri Pandits and hence gives basically a one sided-view of the situ...
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    Flipkart Customer

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    13 Jun, 2015

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    Well written but one sided

    Curfewed Night gives an excellent account of what happened in Kashmir during those days. After reading the book, I am sure that every family belonging to the last generation in Kashmir has atleast one death to mourn about.
    But the author tends to blame the army for all that happened in that part of the world. Not always did the army's conduct and policies force them to take to militancy... The author seemed to have forgotten about the shattered fate of the families of those soldiers who were...
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    Swati Bhatnagar

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    31 May, 2012

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    Good book but biased

    Kashmir has two sides of a story and this book touches on one. What about the militants, the terrorist and the Hindus who have been forced out of the areas by the Muslims who have fallen in the terrorist bait. If Kashmiri Muslims had not given thought and not aligned with the Pakistani sponsored terrorism then we would have not had this level of carnage in that area. There is always 2 sides to a story and this side is poignant and well written. Now we need to hear from those who have been dis...
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    Jay Bhaskar

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    28 Oct, 2012

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