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کہنے کو تو یہ ریل کی پٹڑی سے جڑی تقسیم کی وہ کہانیاں ہیں، جو خالی ٹکٹ گھروں اور ویران پلیٹ فارموں پر سننے والوں کی منتظر ہیں مگر حقیقت میں یہ ہر اُس دل کی آپ بیتی ہے جو کہیں نہ کہیں بٹ گیا ہے۔ اس انسان کی مانند جس کا جسم آنے والے کل کے تعاقب میں ہے اور روح، گزرے ہوئے کل کے طلسم میں ہے۔ وک داستانوں، اخباری تراشوں، سینہ گزٹوں اور وقائع نویسوں کے علاوہ ان افسانوں کو کہنے والے روزمرہ معمولات میں چلتے پھرتے لوگ بھی شامل ہیں، ریل کی سیٹی اس لئے پڑھئے۔۔۔ کہ یہ سٹیشن ماسٹر کی وہ آخری جھنڈی ہے جس کے بعد سگنلنگ کا سارا نظام بدلا جائے گا۔۔۔ یہ وہ آخری بھاپ کا انجن ہے جس کے بعد الیکٹرک ٹرانسمیشن، سیٹی کی کوک، کو ایسے کھا جائے گی جیسے، ای میل، ڈاک بابو کو۔۔۔
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Title: Rail ki Seeti – ریل کی سیٹی
Author: Muhammad Hassan Miraj
Year of Publication: 2016
Number of Pages: 222
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Naila Latif – April 17, 2019
this book deals with the history of different, ofcourse many cities of then called “ lehenda punjab” this book also deals with the decline of punjabi language and punjabi culture! many long forgotten heroes of this land who served their lives againt the salavery are celebrated in this book. a relation deveops between the centuries old tradition and folk lores of punjab and the present day conventional punjabi. The subsequent fractures that appeared in the post-partition societies were unusual and have never been scrutinised properly. The explores the linguistic evolution, intensifying of religious identities on both the sides and new nationalistic narratives on both sides of the Punjab.
These are all issues that are still relevant but unexplored. One reason for this neglect is that both India and Pakistan have been interpreting their histories through their nationalistic narratives or the prevalent political discourse. Another reason is that the scale of the tragedy and trauma prevented those who suffered it from re-examining it. However, seven decades have passed and there is indeed a need to for “reimagining” Punjab in the light of the partition. the authors narrates how the resetelments occured not only physically but also emotionally! how badly the people of that time went through the trauma of hijrat at that time which was planned for some other time in the future. The love that we notice in the hearts of people of both sides of punjab, despite the religious differences, is due to the common human tragedy, dispite all the differences this unites them. There is an utmost need of more books like this so people of now days can know the long lost history of their land. The writer very beautifully narrates the historcal back grounds of many cities and the heroes that were conieved in the land of punjab.
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Altaf Hussain Shah (verified owner) – January 22, 2019
So, “Rail Ki Seeti” (The whistle of train) is my first Urdu book of this year and I am glad that I picked it up as soon as I got my hands on these from Parhai Likhai Website. This is a kind of a book which is going to give you the experience of past and present simultaneously. I have read couple of books on pre-partition but the way this one is presented is simply jaw breaking. . . This book is a cultural travelogue. The author, Mohammed Hasan Miraj, is a Pakistani writer and has served in Pakistan army and ISPR. He used write in Dawn as well. In this book he journeys the railway line from Rawalpindi to Uch Sharif, that quite covers the whole Punjab Province of Pakistan. Throughout his journey, he writes about every current and forgotten stations. He gives tidbits of cultures of every city that comes in the way. Every tidbit is full with folklores of love and hate; war and peace; Muslims and Hindus and Pakistan and India. How this rich land of Once Great India has gone through the history is superbly presented in this book. Besides there are great anecdotes about places, celebrities, politicians and leaders from both sides of the border as well. . . This book was kind of an enlightenment for me as well. Through this book I came to know that Poets like Gulzar sahab was born in Pakistan and actors like Sunil Dutt was from Jhelum. How the story of Prithvi Raj Chohan and Shuhab ud deen Ghori is being told differently in India and Pakistan. I was amazed at the vast knowledge of the writer. I have become fan of Hasan Sahab after reading this book. Every single page was full with interesting facts. Furthermore, history being my favorite genre also worked as an interest enhancement factor. . I would highly recommend this book to those people who loves to read history, travelogue, folklores, narratives of two sides on a single topic and sattire. It has everything to engage you into reading. Happy Reading!
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komal_hashmi – February 15, 2019
The review of Rail Ki Seeti by Muhammad Hassan Mairaj is surely one of the most difficult ones to compose because of the sentiments & history involved in it. It is one of those books that create feelings of nostalgia & melancholy for the traditions, of the times that have been & how they are transformed with every passing year. جس طرح، پل بنانے والے نے دریا کے اِس پار کا سچ، اس پار کے حوالے کیا، اسی طرح، ریل کے انجن نے فاصلوں کو نیا مفہوم دیا۔ اباسین ایکسپریس، کلکتہ میل اور خیبر میل، صرف ریل گاڑیوں کے نام نہیں بلکہ ہجر، فراق اور وصل کے روشن استعارے تھے۔ It is not only an account of a train journey from Rawalpindi to Uch Sharif (the last station before Sindh begins) but it is also a recollection of the bygone days beginning from the time when the rail was first introduced in the undivided Indian subcontinent. It was a symbol of revolution, progress & industrialization. The lives of the people changed drastically after this. It takes the reader on the journey of all the small towns, districts, villages & cities by describing the things they are famous for, the renowned people who belong to these places & major events associated with them. It enlightens about the forgotten districts, with their altered names, historical buildings on the verge of destruction & the long lost memories from the past when people didn’t base their relationships on religion or other petty things. It is about the history of invasions, building new towns, post offices & the aftermaths of colonization by British. The story of the land rich with saints, Sufis, mosques, churches, temples & gurdwaras. It was astonishing to see how many prominent Sikhs belong to this place & did their work wholeheartedly. How Muslim, Sikh & Hindu preachers lived peacefully & strived to achieve prosperity. It really feels like time-traveling to Rawalpindi full of soldiers, Deena of Gulzar, Gujrat of Sohni Mahiwal, Sialkot of numerous legends, Shakar Garh of Dev Anand, Gujranwala of Amrita Pritam, Sheikhupura of the great Waris Shah, Chak 105 of Bhagat Singh, Daanabad of Mirza & Sahiba’n, Toba Tek Singh of Bushan Singh, Jhang of Nobel Prize Winner Dr. Abdus Salam & so many more. Highly recommended to all.
komal_hashmi – February 26, 2019
Rail Ki Seeti by Muhammad Hassan Mairaj Picture by @komal_bibliomaniac
Rabia Naveed – May 1, 2019
کوئی ویرانی سی ویرانی ہے دشت کو دیکھ کے گھر یاد آیا Reading a book which connect you with your roots and forefather is much pleasent experience. This book took reader to the past in one second and at other second bring back to the present, whole book take roller coaster ride which can travel anywhere, anytime. This is positive aspect of the book. But i don’t know how i can explain the experience auther has shared in various points, the tales of desolated people. Who came or went from these cities in love of their new born states/cities. محبتوں میں تو ملنا ہے یا اجڑ جانا مزاج عشق میں کب اعتدال رکھا ہے Rail ki seeti is not only a travelogue it is a carvan which passed through different cities of the Punjab known as (لہندا پنجاب) shares the tails of sorrow and happiness of different cities. Readers somewhere feel tears in eyes , at some points find happiness and at many places find merciless time and disloyalty of loved ones. اجنبی شہروں مین رہتے عمر ساری کٹ گئی۔۔۔ One more aspect highlighted by the author in different cities is the pain of separation which became the reason of devastation of many homes. And the loved ones who had left us and mergence somewhere. This type of stories left pain in some corner of the heart. Book is basically a nostalgic approach which is aromatic, distinctive and articulated one. This teaveloge fascinated the mind and tear- up the eyes but reader should have little know-how about the history to feel it. In short! Rail ki seeti is a travelogue, travelling from civilization to civilization and tell the reader the difference of approache and divergence of attitude of the people of different areas. Stories of unsung heros has been shared here, who never got appraisal in past or today. He also made-up a relation between the old punjab and the new punjab, shared the reasons of the decline of the culture and language of Punjab. Author also discussed the issues which remain unexplored and somehow get explored but failed to get words and attention. ملے لوگ اسمیں رواں دواں کوئی بےوفا کوئی باوفا…. The author tells the historical background of many cities and heroes who designed the land of Punjab and left for Us. گھر ایسا کہاں تھا لیکن دربدر ہیں تو یاد آتا ہے….
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