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Udaas Naslein by Abdullah Hussain

Abdullah Hussain wrote Udaas Naslein in the early 1960s. That isn’t the most surprising thing about this novel which readers continue to love today. What is baffling is that Abdullah Hussain had not written anything before this book. This was his first book! Legend has it that he actually stayed in a village for a few months to understand various aspects of the rural life that had to be incorporated into the story. However, the fact that this was his first book, especially given the depth of this novel constantly amazes us. “Udaas Naslein” is one of the top rated books on our website so we thought we’ll collect all the reviews and bring them to you today.

Udaas Naslein by Abdullah Hussain
Udaas Naslein by Abdullah Hussain

5 star reviews

saad0689 (verified owner) – November 6, 2017

Udaas Naslein is a multi-dimensional novel by Abdullah Hussain which touches upon themes of culture, society, class struggle, love, loss, death and decay through various characters. The novel could be seen as a man’s journey into the known and unknown – a journey in which actions have both intended and unintended consequences. Hussein’s characters often transcend the traditional boundaries of fiction by creating an immutable bond with the reader in a sublime manner. Hussein’s introspective style, vividness of scenery, thoughtful and though-provoking dialogues create a world in which one could easily relate to the characters by feeling their happiness, strife, trials and tribulations in different situations. Simply said, it’s a masterpiece worth reading – again and again!

A Song Of Books And Readers – January 6, 2019

I read this book last year and fell in love with it, heads over heals. It is a truly amazing book that talks about the indian subcontinent culture. It is a sad and depressing books and almost had me tearing up throughout the second part. I have a couple of things to talk about.
Writing : The writing style of Abdullah Hussain is amazing. It is the only book by him that I’ve read yet. His writing style in this one is surprisingly simple, unlike most of classics. It is easy amd simply understandable.
Plot / Pacing : The pacing of this book lies somewhere between Rushed and Dragged i.e perfect. The reader never feels as if the story is dragged or rushed at any point at all.
Characters : I loved all the characters from this book and most of all, I loved Naeem who is the protagonist in this book. Then I loved the characters of Shehla and Azra as well who are one of my all time favorite characters.

Sawera Dedar – January 23, 2019

This book, OMG! Wanna crush your heart into one hundred tiny pieces? Here, take this book, it will do the job.
This book is a treasure beyond measure, specially for Asians who know what atrocities their ancestors went through to achieve the freedom we have today. The story is not centered around just one particular topic, and takes the readers on several gut-wrenching leaps. All I can say that it has one hell of an in-depth message and I am still drowned in the misery and utter beauty of this book.
To be honest, I usually avoid depressing stories but one gotta taste other things too, right?

I give Udas Naslein a 5/5, and would recommend it to everyone because it forever will have my heart.

Naila Latif – April 25, 2019

this novel reminds me of a poem by ibn e insh that is
chal “Insha” apnay gaon mein

Yahan ujlay ujlay roop Boht

Per asli km Behroop Boht

Us paid k neechy kia rukna

Jahan saya km ho dhoop Boht

Chal “Insha” apny gaon mein

Bethen gy sukh ki chhaon mein

kyun teri Ankh sawali hy

Yahan hr ik Bat nirali hy

Is dais Basera mat krna

Yahan muflis hona gaali hy

Chal Insha apny Gaon mein

Jahan sachy rishty yaron k

Jahan wadey pky pyaron k

jahan ghongat zewar naron k…

jahan jharne komal sur wale…

jahan saz bajen bin taron k…

Kre sjda wafa b paon mein

Chal “insha” apne gaon mein.!

the story reveals how we truly are the weary generation. It revolves around the cycle if life, how corcumstances change our decisions and feeling. The writer also gives a clear picture if how this indopak suffered due to slavery! how the youth had to fight for their benificiers and how the slavery helped in earning the honour in our society! only the awareness and enlightment brought into the minds of indians how they are being ruled and used for purpose! How being kala people was a shame as our rulers were goras! how we spend whole of our life trying to find the meaning of life, this hard ship but instead at last we realize that in the lifetime we have been fighting with our selves some times over shadowed with positive feelings but at times they take the face of wicked feelings that we can’t evenname those emotions or we are so embarassed to give them a name in our life. we are either rewarded or punished according to the norms and rules of society, but this is strange that instead of making a society the society makes us! though a loong one but this novel is worth reading more then once! at times i feel as if this is what i want to say what i feel! this is such a relatable novel! This novel has influence of markisn as it talks about the injustice of how the labour is paid less as compared to the ruling class although if we compare the degree of hard work they have no match! alas

4 star reviews

Momina Hafeez (verified owner) – January 12, 2019

Momina Hafeez – January 12, 2019

So first of all, I want to thank the team of Parhai Likhai for being so kind and sending me this lovely book. The delivery was prompt and the book so nicely packaged that it just filled my heart with so much happiness! Also, the book itself was very nice quality and reading it was an experience that I thoroughly enjoyed.
Here’s my review of the book:
It is indeed one remarkable masterpiece of a book. Although reading it requires a little patience at the reader’s part as it can get a bit difficult at time. The excellence of this book, in my opinion, lies in how the author navigates through so many time periods, each significant in its own way, so effortlessly. Covering the time of the war of independence in 1857 to the post-partitipn Pakistan in 1947, the author makes his characters – or more precisely tge generations of those characters – inhabit and engage with the lives that they have been entrusted with and evolve as the time goes on. The best thing about Hussain’s writing style is that it does not reek of an overdose of sentimentality, and this makes it very different from the popular Urdu novels that we usually get to read. Moreover, this lack of show of expression makes it a very Modern novel.
The characters of the Udas Naslen are as exceptional in nature as the writing style of the author. They are complex and very dynamic, changing and evolving with the progression of the plot. They’re neither good, nor entirely bad. They are also neither dispassionate nor overly attached with their surroundings and other characters. Our protagonist, a young village lad, and his fellow villagers get forcibly transported to the faraway lands in order to fight in the wars of their erstwhile colonial masters. The novel shows how this heavily traumatizes the young Indian soldiers, many of whom die unceremoniously in the foreign battlefields while their families die of famine as there is no one to tend to the crops back home. Hussain steers clear of overly-decorated and gaudy language, yet he definitely has his moments. There are bits that hit you right in the gut and take your breath away. I think this more due to the sincerity and genius with which he has sketched his characters than with the brilliance of the language itself. Because language in those sublime and philosophic passages too remains very simple and to-the-point.
Another merit of the work at hand its realistic depiction of the life before the partition. Hussain doesn’t bother to create either a rosy, overly romanticized picture of it, and neither does he attempt to push a dystopian image of the time down oir throats. He shows us the ugliness of it without forgetting to include the good parts, the mundane ones, the ones required to make life bearable and also believable.
I could spot so many Modern influences reverberating through his writing while reading the novel-You can definitely see Hemingway, Woolfe, and Eliot peeking throughout the book. Yet, the author has got his iconoclastic style of writing as well that does stand out from the rest of them.
Once again, I must say that reading this book was really enjoyable. And that I’m happy that I was given this opportunity to read and review it.

airab – January 14, 2019

Udaas Naslein by Abdullah Hussain is book of sentiments written in the era between the partition of sub-continent. This book is slow pace book which needed patience. A book that portray mans journey. i love the writing style, its a sad and depressing book but the best quality of this book is that you won’t make you feel bored. i love that the writer didn’t go into the depth while featuring the romantic scenes. I personally love the character of Azra the way writer portray her i can easily relate myself to her. A beautiful book that I really enjoyed.

bjanat60 (verified owner) – January 20, 2019

As the name depicts this book is depressing,it will break your heart and its not going to fix it.
It takes you back to the world war 1 era and all the events that occured afterwards.the axis of the story is the establishment of british rule in subcontinent and the struggles of Muslim and Hindus for the road of freedom from the British colonisation. The disputes and conflicts that lead to the partition of subcontinent and between all these chaos,the love that blossoms between Naeem and Azra.
Its a kind of book that stays with you,Abdullah hussain’s writings have the power to make you feel that its real.
The minor details he has put in the book can be a little exasperating sometimes.
I gave it 4 stars because I had a hard time connecting to the characters and I felt that the interactions between the characters and the transition were a little confusing and his writing seemed a bit too blunt at some points.But overrall he has done his job incredibly.

nehajamal414 – January 27, 2019

“دنیا میں جو انقلاب آئے، جو لڑائیاں لڑی گئیں، ان میں وہ سب بخیروعافیت ختم ہوئے۔ کچھ نوکروں نے اُٹھ کر مالکوں پر قبضہ کرلیا، کچھ مالکوں نے اُٹھ کر نوکروں پر قبضہ جاری رکھا۔ تاریخ اس طرح بنتی ہے۔ انسان ہم نہیں ہیں، واقعات ہیں۔”
– اُداس نسلیں از عبداللّہ حسین✍?
کیا ہم کبھی وہ درد، وہ تکلیف سمجھ سکتے ہیں؟ محسوس کر سکتے ہیں جو مسلمانوں نے اپنی آزادی کیلئے لڑتے ہوئے سہا؟؟ آزادی سے پہلے کی تکالیف، کیا یہ سب آسان تھا؟ ایک غلام قوم بن کے رہنا، دوسروں کا جبر سہتے رہنا جو ایک وقت تک کانگریس نے مسلمانوں پہ کیا؟ نہیں۔۔۔ ہم نہ محسوس کر سکتے ہیں، نہ ہم سمجھ سکتے ہیں۔ کیوں؟ کیونکہ ہمیں تو ایک آزاد وطن بونس میں مل چکا ہے۔
مصنّف عبداللّہ حسین نے بہت اچھے طریقے سے اس وقت کی مسلمانوں کی قید کو واضح کیا ہے جو قیامِ پاکستان سے پہلے تھی، اس وقت کی جہالت، جنگیں، اور کانگریس کے کیے گئے ظلم اور بہت کچھ۔ گو کہ کہیں جگہ الفاظ مجھے عجیب لگے لیکن شاید پہلے اتنی ہی جہالت تھی۔ اور پھر آزادی کی راہ پہ گامزن لوگوں کا حال? لوگ بچھڑ گئے، مارے گئے، جانوروں سے بھی بدتر سلوک، لاشوں کی بے حرمتی، خاندانوں کا بچھڑ جانا۔ مسلمانوں کا انگریزوں اور ہندوؤں کے درمیان کا اذیت ناک سفر۔ لیکن پھر بھی روشنی کی ایک جھلک کے اب ہم ایک آزاد قوم بننے لگے ہیں۔ نیا جذبہ، نیا جوش۔ اور اس وقت پاکستان پہنچ کر آزادی کی ایک پُر سکون سانس۔۔۔ کہ اب ہم آزاد ہیں اور ہم ایک نئی شروعات کرنے لگے ہیں۔
کسان کی زندگی کے اہم پہلو۔۔۔ جنہیں پڑھ کر کافی معلومات میں اضافہ ضرور ہوا، کسان کتنی محنت سے، ہر ایک چیز کا خیال رکھتے تھے پہلے۔
ٹوٹی پھوٹی محبّتیں، ایک دوسرے سے دور اور لا پرواہ، اَن کہی، خاموش اور تکلیف دہ سی۔ تو کہیں جڑتے ہوئے بھی دور ہوئی۔
‘اُداس نسلیں خوشیوں کی طرف گامزن ہیں۔ ایک نئی اُمید اور جذبہ کیساتھ۔’

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Udaas Naslein by Abdullah Hussain
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Aangan by Khadija Mastoor

Every week we send out reviews and excerpts of books that our readers love. One of the most popular books on Parhai Likhai has been Aangan by Khadija Mastoor so we thought we not try something different this time. Instead of sending you reviews of 3 different books, this time we are sharing reviews from different readers about just one book! This will not only give you an idea about the book’s contents but will also help you decide whether it’s worth reading. After all, isn’t that what we are all looking for? A book worth reading!

Those who loved Aangan!

komal_hashmi on February 7, 2019 gave it 5 stars!

Book Review: Read it twice & it had the same depressing & melancholic impact both times.
مجھے اور زندگی دے کہ ہے داستان ادھوری
مری موت سے نہ ہوگی میرے غم کی ترجمانی
Aangan is a story of a traditional family living in a remote village in the undivided Indian Subcontinent where rules, societal norms & restrictions are well-imposed but still, there are instances that bring trouble to the family. It reveals the pre-partition struggle & the inclination of Muslims to take part in the political progress to free themselves from British rule.
پر اسے تو ورثے میں صرف اپنا ماضی ہی ملا تھا۔ ماضی جس سے اس نے کیا کچھ نہیں سیکھا۔
However, the tale of Aangan has so much more to offer. The narrator is Aliya, who is extremely sensitive, observes & feels everything. She has seen people close to her die in love (she is determined to save herself from all the heartbreak, love might bring in her life), the suffering of the families at the hand of revolution, the desperate times of poverty, imprisonment of her father & uncle along with the battles fought by the women of her family.
ان کے گھر والے انسان نہیں ہوتے، یہ محبت کے قدموں کے کانٹے ہوتے ہیں، جو ذرا دیر میں لہولہاں کر دیتے ہیں۔
Every single person in Aangan has its own demon to fight with, they are so engrossed & captivated in their own ideas, which results in their treating others as lowly creatures & hurling derogatory words towards them. The arrogance of having the money or English relatives that makes some characters deserving to be cruel to others was heart wrenching & disgusting.
دور رِہ کر یادیں بہت اذیت ناک ہو جاتی ہیں۔
It is about the unrequited love of Jameel Bhaiyya, the despairing & abandoned life of Chammi with all her nuisances & innocence, the haunting life of Israr Mian who is constantly insulted & deprived of life’s happy moments, the wretched story arcs of Salma Phuppi, Tehmina Aapa & Kusum Didi who suffered at the hands of society & love along with insolent Najma Phuppi. It is about the impact of being a revolutionary on their families.

zuha514 also gave it 5 stars on January 7, 2019

“شامیں ہمیشہ اداس ہوتی ہیں.
خدیجہ مستور کے نام سے کون واقف نہیں؟! وہ اردو ادب کے افق کا وہ درخشندہ ستارہ ہیں جن کی تحاریر آج تلک ادب کی جگمگاتی دنیا کو منور کر رہیں ہیں!

کوئ بدذوق ہی ہوگا جسے یہ کہانی پسند نہ آئ ہو. خدیجہ مستور نے نہایت ہی خوش اسلوبی کے ساتھ اس قابل تعریف کہانی کو سینچا ہے اور بہترین طریقے سے کرداروں کی عکاسی کرتے ہوۓ اس ناول کو ذینت بخشی ہے. جمیل, چھمی اور عالیہ کی محبتوں کو دلکش انداز میں نہ صرف بیان کیا بلکہ تمام کرداروں کے ذریعے تقسیم ہند کے وقت عوام کے مختلف جذبات اور نظریعے منظر عام پر لائں.

عاالیہ ایک حساس طبیعت کی مالک ہے جس کا اعتبار محبت سے اٹھ چکا ہے. اسی طبیعت کی وجہ سے وہ جمیل اور باقی مردوں کی محبت سے دور بھاگتی ہے. اس کے برعکس چھمی نہایت چلبلی, لڑاکا اور اپنی مرضی کی مالک ہے جو محبت کی تلاش میں سرگرداں ہیں. ان دونوں لڑکیوں کا رشتہ گہرا اور محبت سے بھرپور ہے. جمیل بھیا تو اس وقت کے جوان اور پرجوش مردوں کی عکاسی کرتے ہیں جو اس دور میں آزادی کی لڑائ میں انگریز کے خلاف پروپوگینڈے میں بھرپور حصہ لیتے تھے! ان 3 لوگوں کی کہانی ہی آنگن کے جان ہے.
گو کہ عالیہ کے انجام سے میں کافی رنجیدہ تھی مگر چھمی اور جمیل کے اختتام نے مجھے کافی مطمئن کیا. اس کہانی میں شاید محبت صرف چھمی کے ہی نصیب میں تھی!

Aangan is one of the most beautiful work(s) of Urdu Literature that I have come across as far. You will be hit by the melancholic love of Jameel and Aaliya and the undying affinity of the bubbliest Chammi. The way Khadija Mastoor have interconnected the characters in (her sole book) Aangan is highly commendable and deserves a huge lot of appreciation.

Partition didn’t come easy! And you will see that in Aangan in the most captivating manner.
Khadija knows how to hit the chords of the heart of the readers. She has described every single detail in the most vivid manner, using an extremely easy yet classical diction.

Iqra Abbas gave the novel 5 stars on February 9, 2019

Book Review
Khadija Mastoor is also sort of regarded as one of the first feminist minded writers of the Era . But after reading this novel i pretty sure its true.
شامیں ہمیشہ اداس ہوتیں ہیں
Aangan’ is not tied to any one time period. It is the tale of people living in trying times and deals with their beliefs, emotions and feelings. These elements lie at the core of society and constitute its cultural, political and social foundation. The story of ‘Aangan’ is, therefore, both universal and ageless. Our people have the same psychological makeup, the same emotions and the same problems as they did . We still have Jameels chasing dreams, Chammis sacrificing themselves for love, and Aaliyas dealing with the doubts and certitudes of life. Very little, if anything, has changed.
اور اس سے یہ بھی ثابت ہوا ہے محبت کو ٹھکرانے والے آخر میں خالی ہاتھ رہ جاتے ہیں۔
محبت کا قرض تو اترانا ہی پڑتا ہے چاہے وہ
جمیل ہو یا سفدر
سماج ، معاشرے کے ہاتھوں تہمینہ جیسی لڑکیاں آج بھی محبت کو نبھا کر دم توڑ دیتیں ہیں

I love character of Chammi , she is amazing . Her talent of not showing her feelings by just laughing is wonderful
اس نے محبت کی بے انتہا کی لیکن اس محبت کی بھیک نہیں مانگی۔
Aangan is such a masterpiece.
دور رہ کر یادیں اور بھی اذیت ناک ہوتیں ہیں

Mariam Malik gave the novel 4 out of 5 stars on January 16, 2019

Aangan, Khadija Mastoor’s most well loved book is one of the most prominent books of its era. The novel is hailed as one of the earliest books of urdu literature written against a feminist backdrop, and rightly so.
The book is set in the decade or so leading up to events of independence, and highlights the less talked about sides of the struggle of independence.
It is not the story of the political struggles of the British India. It is the story of the families. The families that were torn apart, the sacrifices that were made and the hearts that were broken. It is a story of the families where every person in the household was supporting a different ideology and a different cause. About every thing we like to forget about the independence, Aangan gives us a not so subtle reminder.
Another thing that stands out to me is how well fleshed out the characters were. No one was completely good or bad per se. Each character was completely human. The growth they all went through, throughout the story, made them seem even more real.
Before picking up the novel do keep in mind that the story has a constant dark and melancholic underlying tone and moments of relief are very scarce. Khadija Mastoor packs quite a lot of heartbreak in such short length but the fact remains that this beautifully written book is a book you have to read at least once.

یہ حضرت انسان بھی خوب چیز ہوتے ہیں۔
نہیں مانتے تو خدا کو بھی حرفِ غلط سمجھنے لگتے ہیں اور جب ماننے پر آتے ہیں تو پیروں کی چوکھٹ پر اس کا جلوہ دیکھنے لگتے ہیں۔

nayabtariq21 gave Aangan by Khadija Mastoor 4 out of 5 stars on January 19, 2019

Khadija Mastoor’s “Aangan” is an intense and in-depth experience that cannot be understood in one reading. The story is set in the unstable climate before partition, i.e. towards the end of the British Raj. It’s a complicated tale told through the young but not naive eyes of teenage Aaliya. We’re introduced to this precocious girl in the middle of a freezing winter’s night as she ruminates on how she came to live far away from home and a life she’d always known and loved. Her father is in prison for nationalist crimes and her older sister, who she was close to, is no more. As the story progresses, we see Aaliya go from riches to rags, from emotional plateau to upheaval and back again. She meets a colorful cast of characters, from spunky Chimmy to Jameel, and manages to have daily adventures of some kind or another.

So why should you read this book? Well, Aangan’s strength lies in the intricate complexity of its characters. Mastoor does a spectacular job in making each and every character almost a living breathing thing. This is why I was able to dive so deeply into the story: I cheered for Aaliya, cried buckets over Tahmina’s fate, waited for Safdar with bated breath and wished to drive daggers into Aaliya’s mother’s heart. Through their stories, Mastoor unveils some societal sin or the other. It’s almost as if she pulls back the surface of Indian society and reveals the dark pulsing underbelly. She shows her characters being hypocrites, liars, hopeless romantics and more. She does this so well that I actually felt uncomfortable with one main part of the book: Jameel’s character.

Mastoor uses Jameel’s character to portray a lot of societal sins. He’s shown to be everything that today’s women (and Aaliya) would find cringe-worthy. He’s entitled, lazy and seems to lack any actual drive to come off as controlling. So many things he does made me uncomfortable. He repeatedly professes his love to Aaliya and completely disregards her refusals. Numerous times, he sneaks up and grabs her waist, hands, and even lays his head in her lap at some point. She metaphorically tells him to keep it in his pants but that’s not strong enough to deter this borderline rapist. Everything Jameel does is exactly everything that was and is wrong with so many men in our society.

Overall, I loved Aangan for the amount of emotions it was able to evoke in me and for how it upended a hidden layer of society’s deeds. The novel deserves to be read at least once, if only for the richness of its language and the intricacy of its characters.

Aangan by Khadija Mastoor was just okay

Arqam awan thought the novel wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea and gave it 3 out of 5 stars on January 7, 2019

Many acclaimed writers, novelists and poets have contributed to Urdu literature but for each writer, one or a couple of writings have stood out and become immortal. Such is the case with Khadija Mastoor’s novel Aangan.
The popular novel has been turned into a TV serial with a star cast that couldn’t have been bigger or better While the play has been directed by Mohammed Ehteshamuddin, who has blockbuster projects.
I had read Aangan for the first time around a years ago and remembering that the feeling was not very pleasant. Promos of Hum TV’s upcoming drama Aangan, however, stirred this inquisitiveness to revisit the story before the play starts; especially also because the promos gave a very different feel to what I remembered of the story.
Khadija Mastoor — in a span of 54 years — wrote three collections of short stories and two novels. Out of the two, Aangan is the one that got lots of admiration in the literary circle. I picked up the novel and put it down only after I had finished reading it.
Aangan is the story of a family’s saga from riches to rags in the backdrop of the political upheaval in the subcontinent. It can be easily termed as a historic narrative elucidating various political ideologies and changing cultural values with the help of the characters of the novel.
The protagonist of the story is Aaliya — a strong and focused girl who keeps her dignity intact even in the most unfortunate of circumstances. She is sensitive and intelligent yet very humble and a caring soul. She keeps others before herself but in over-analysing people and relationships, she herself remains at loss. The way Aaliya’s character is built, especially vis-a-vis the male lead, gives confusing signals; at times she is averse to him whereas simultaneously she longs for his attention.
Khadija Mastoor develops her characters and their surroundings like a painting, keeping in mind each and every detail using similes and metaphors beautifully. There are hardly any moments of dramatic relief. If you want to read a light-hearted book, Aangan is not for you but anyone who is able to appreciate the art and style of beautiful writing must not miss reading the novel.

Farhat Fatima did not like it and gave it 1 out of 5 stars!
– January 5, 2019

Aangan by Khadija Mastoor

Khadija Mastoor is one of the famous Urdu writers. She wrote many short stories. Her novel “Aangan” is a major in the literary history of Urdu.

Aangan is based on the time of partition, how people and things used to be in that era, and how the people of sub-continent were yearning for the freedom from the Britishers.

Aaliya, Chammi and Jameel are the three main characters. Aaliya learnt everything from her past experience and never loved anyone because she had seen the brutality, which love had caused to her sister (Tehmina) and Kusum Didi. Chammi was an innocent but not so good mannered girl who yearned for love but never got it. Her father left her after her mother’s death and never cared how she had been living without him. Jameel was just a typical man who got flattered by Aaliya and forgot about Chammi and her love(because of whom he did his BA). But at the end, Jameel and Chammi got married after Chammi’s divorce and Aaliya’s migration to Pakitan.

That was not what I wanted to talk about. I liked these characters, but the character which gave so much pain to my heart, was of ISRAR MIYAN, the ILLEGITIMATE CHILD of Aaliya’s dada (grandfather). How everyone hated him, abused him verbally every single time, how he was insulted even by the maid of the house, these all opened so much doors to think for me. Why do we blame the CHILD for being illegitimate? Is it his fault that his parents didn’t think about it? That he was not the result of marriage but something else? WHY? His end broke my heart even more. I didn’t cry much while reading this novel, but I cried and felt bad, with Aaliya every time, for Israr Miyan.

Now, comes the RANT part. Okay, so this novel didn’t reach up to my expectations. If I’d go blunt, I’ll say that I didn’t like this novel much. It talked about partition so much but the essence and feel of partition was not present in that way. The characters (main ones) except for Aaliya, are literally not so bearable for me. And and and. The unnecessary touching parts which I openly categorize as vulgarity, disgusted me to the core. They were so less, but they WERE there and they triggered me so badly. Like, the story could’ve stand without those purely unnecessary scenes. In short, I can’t say that I like this novel.

P.S. : You can fully disagree with me. But that’s my point of view. And I respect yours whole heartedly. Thankyou.

-Farhat Fatima

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From 19th century India emerge the oldest thugs

The name of the book really intrigued me so I picked it up. “Old Thugs” or Puranay Thug پرانے ٹھگ made me smile. I think the first time I heard the word “thug” was probably in some hip hop song from ages ago. I honestly don’t quite remember. While I used to read quite a lot of Urdu fiction for children at the time, I somehow didn’t make the connection until now. I haven’t looked up the origins of the word, but when I saw the words Thug and ٹھگ juxtaposed in the book, I was taken aback. Maybe I was shocked, or pleasantly surprised. I don’t know which, but that doesn’t matter. What matters is that this book that talks about the culture and the stories of thugs in sub-continent, this window into our land’s fascinating past, had suddenly also connected with a word that’s so commonly used today that I had just assumed, in my own ignorance if I may add, was a purely foreign construct. Never could I have imagined it was in 19th century India that the word “thug” was entered in official papers for the first time. Whether you think of time or space, it’s a small world after all.

I have shared a small excerpt from Raza Ali Abidi’s book below. These few lines shall take you to that moment in our history when a man claimed to be a thug for the first time


Old Thugs - Raza Ali Abidi

Also check out the story behind the beginning of this blog in its first post, The Treasures Forgotten