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رضیہ بٹ صاحبہ کا مشہور ناول “بانو” کہانی ہے ان لوگوں کی جنکی زندگیاں تقسیمِ برِ صغیر اور جدوجہدِ آزادی سے متاثر ہوئیں۔ اس ناول پر ڈرامہ “داستان” بھی بنایا گیا۔
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Title: Baano – بانو ISBN-13:9789693523607 Author: Razia Butt Subject: Novel, Fiction Language: Urdu Format: Hardcover Number of Pages: 424
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muteebamf (verified owner) – October 9, 2019
How does one review a book, that recounts nothing but sheer devastation and tragedy. One that wrungs you dry of all your tears by the time you reach the last page. This book, like others based on partition isn’t one that can be or should be read in a single sitting despite them being unputdownable. the details enclosed are harrowing, at times grotesque and kind of graphic but all the while being very moving. it will take one very callous heart to not break down while reading this. it will affect you to the core, maybe just for a day, maybe for weeks or it might really change your life, but nonetheless it will make you THINK and go down on your knees and be GRATEFUL .
Razia butts “Baano” wrongly interpreted by some as romance is a disgrace to her efforts. It is anything and everything but THAT. Through “Baano”, butt has coined the struggle for independence of the Muslims of the subcontinent and their surmountable sacrifices to achieve freedom. As someone who lived through the atrocities committed against the Muslims and Hindus alike during that time, she created the characters of Baano and hassan who might be fictional for the sake of hiding identities but very real at the same time as they tell the story of thousands of Muslim men and women who had to sacrifice their everything for their own country, a place they could call home. Truly. What makes Baano stand out from other books based on history is the fact that it’s our story. About our home.
Baano is Razia Butts way of provoking the Muslims to THINK , to think about what we had to loose to gain pakistan.To empower us once again. To provoke us into doing something, anything to save our country. As someone who has read alot, I can claim this that very few authors have to power to make you feel their pain, and transport you to another world and make you ponder. And Razia Butt is one powerful author. Her words have left me in a state of constant pondering. It has been three days and I still can’t get over it. Every character seems somehow spun out of her memories, so detailed and unbelievably real they are.
Hameed, Hassans best friend, who although is a side character in the story but to me he is one of the Most important characters. He is that friend who is ALWAYS there. Always by hassans side, shouldering half of his grief and making him face his reality despite its bitter taste. One of those men who may their lives every day so our boundaries are protected. Rabia, who loved selflessly and unconditionally. The perfect portrayal of empathy. Hassan, who everytime he cried I felt like crying with him. So deep was his anguish that he let go of himself and let it absorb him whole. Baanos child, I don’t think so I have the energy to talk about him. Whenever I think of kids like him, my heart bleeds. Then comes Baano herself. The epitome of patriotism, resilience and tragedy. Baanos story depicts the truth of countless women who were the prime victims of war. Nothing broke her, not even living throu rape every day for 5 years. What kept her going was her hope of one day being able to reach Pakistan. What finally did break her was the utter shock she had to accept that Pakistan sadly isn’t what she had hoped it woukd be.
Devastating doesn’t even cut it. There will be times you will want to not read it, but then something in you will make you pick it again, you might even loose some sleep over it or have nightmares. But at the end do I want you to read it? Hell yes. Soon our ancestors who lived through thr partition will no longer be with us and their stories will die with them and there will be no one to tell our generations what it cost to bring this land into being. We need to keep our history ALIVE.
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