Title: Gardish-e-Rang-e-Chaman – گردشِ رنگِ چمن
Author: Quratulain Haider
Year of Publication: 2014
Number of Pages: 704
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komal_hashmi (verified owner) – August 1, 2019
This novel covers the history of the subcontinent from 1800 to 1983 (talks about events before 1800 too). I am utterly impressed with the literary prowess of the author who wrote complicated stories & her level of knowledge is truly awe-inspiring. It is an intricately woven tale of Princes, nawabs, thakurs, dancing girls labelled as prostitutes or bai’s who became begums, downfall of the Mughal empire, the rise of East India Company, relationships & affairs/ scandals between the English & Indians, the traditional lifestyle of old times along with the proper description of Indian culture especially the hierarchy of families from one generation to another. There are hundreds of characters & I love how their stories interconnect with each other at some point in life, their struggles, bitter memories of fame & then disgrace, from being immensely rich to becoming destitute, from falling in the trap of luxuries & bad deeds; it covers everything. مفر کسی صورت میں نہیں۔ نہ مجھے۔ نہ آپ کو۔ نہ دنیا کے کسی اور انسان کو __ کوئی محفوظ نہیں۔ چاہے وہ بھیانک واقعہ ایک بے ضرر سے گمنام کیمیو نے تخلیق کیا ہو۔ یا کسی جزباتی صدمے نے۔ کوئی حادثہ ہو یا علالت __ یا آخری مہلک بیماری __ یا کوئی اور ناگہانی مصیبت۔ __کوئی آزاد نہیں۔ کوئی مختار نہیں۔ سارا معاملہ اندھا دھند ہے۔ Even though so many things flew over my head due to the difficult language, I still loved this labyrinthine tale. Nawab Fatima aka Nawab Begum, Andaleeb Bano, Dr. Ambareen, Dr. Mansoor, Raja Dilshad Ali Khan, Dilnawaz, Mehru, Andre Renaal, Mian, Khuwaja Sabz Posh & so many others; each character is bound to leave a deep imprint on your heart. It emphasizes on the social norms, ironic dilemmas, constant injustice & need to associate oneself with old families of stature, religious/ mystical involvement, the matter of reputation in associating with the dancing girls, the kind of life they lived & their aspirations to get rid of this specific culture. It states the circumstances of all kinds of people along with their misfortunes. It is a wonderful read if you are willing to read a historical documentary with a touch of fiction.
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