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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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Weekly Reviews Parhai Likhai

One of the things that we have been trying to do at Parhai Likhai is to make sure that it is easy for readers to explore new literature and one of the best ways to do this is by seeing what other readers are saying! So here is your dose of weekly reviews. Featuring 3 fantastic reviewers this time as well komal_bibliomaniac thegirlwithherreadinglist__ & amm_c_larki

Komal Hashmi gave Baagh by Abdullah hussain a rating of 5 stars!


Book Review: I remember reading Baagh by Abdullah Hussein three years back & how it left me extremely sad & melancholic as the vivid descriptions in this novel kind of grows on you. The sadness, despair & longing not only fascinate the readers but also crawls into their heart & mind. Finished re-reading it today & it had the similar haunting effect. Abdullah Hussein deserves all the appreciation for his contribution to Urdu literature. It is a story of strange love, obsession, strong desires, living with an ailment, questioning everything & trying to make sense of life. It is also about getting caught for alleged murder, the horrible police torture & the army recruiting people as spies (highlighting Kashmir struggle without naming names). Bagh (باگھ) is about Asad who is obsessed with an idea of hunting a tiger/ leopard, a kind of person whose mind is constantly trying to join the dots of things happening in the world & in his life. He ponders on everything philosophically & is suffering from a breathing disease that takes him to a Hakim (حکیم) in Gumshad. This is where he falls in love with Yasmeen (hakim’s daughter) & I simply love how they call each other اسدی & یاس. Their love story is not your typical one but it is an unexpected rollercoaster ride of emotions. You will have to read the book to better understand the events that unfold one after another when a tragedy strikes & their lives are turned upside down. The days in jail with horrendous torture & humiliation by the Police & how the intelligence works in recruiting boys for sending them across the border will keep you hooked. It discusses various intense themes like secrets & unforgettable memories from the past that shape one’s future, village life, the intimate & naked truths of a relationship between a man & a woman, the powerful love that keeps you sane in the most difficult situations, the point in life when you realize that your lifelong obsession cannot be fulfilled & the emptiness that follows; all of this & so much more is written in such an eloquent & intricate manner that you can’t help but fall in love with it. The ending will leave you in awe.

thegirlwithherreadinglist__ gave Raja Gidh by Bano Qudsia 5 stars!

raja gidh

Today Lets talk about the Legend of Urdu writing No one other than Bano Qudsia. I’ve heard so much praising about her books, So this is my first book of her. Book Review_📖 . Bano Qudsia has wrote this novel at the concept of Halaal & Haram, & Ishq-e-lahasil. The Gidh is the urdu word for vulture & Raja means The king. The name anticipates the kingdom of vultures. Vultures used to eat carcasses of dead animals & because of there feeding ‘haraam’ not only they but their upcoming generations suffered. She gave this perspective relating to vultures if you get involved in something forbidden from God you’ll lost your peace of mind, on quoting this as a serious ethical, social or religious issue. Synopsis: The story begins at the Govt Collage Lahore with Seemi Shah, Aftab & the story narrator Qayyuum, attending the MA sociology class. Seemi Shah was a modern independent girl by whom not only most of the boys are attracted but even their Sociology professor was charmed by her existence. Seemi falls in love with her class fellow Aftab who was related from a Kashmiri family. When she demands for marriage the guy denied her to telling that his family would never ever gave him the authority to getting married outside. . Plot: So the long story of separation was started from there. When Aftab has left Seemi & was getting married with his cousin. After this incident Seemi totally back off from her life & studies, Qayyuum tried so hard to console her grief, but failed. When he gets involved doing sin, from this part Qayyuum took himself into a wrong path for walking in run of ‘lahasil’ & ‘haraam’. It portraits the reasons of his dis satisfied & catastrophic life. . Bano Qudsia has completely mesmerised me with this masterpiece. The journey of being lost to find your self isn’t so easy, there are so many things defined in book. When you consume haraam’ which consequences you’ve to face, How to not act sin’ after being betrayed by someone. How to Deal with depression, anxiety. These are the common problems with people living in this society. This book is worth reading. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

amm_c_larki gave Guldaan by Ismat Chughtai 5 out of 5!


I get this book from @parhlikh and their services are extremely good. There is one question in everyone’s mind that why #parhlikh , there are many other bookstores , The only reason is that , they are not only selling books but Actually they promote our culture, specially urdu literature, they Reborn the love of books. They have both English and urdu literature with very low prices Now come to the book “Guldan written by Ismat Chughtai ” To be a female, Muslim Indian writer is to be burdened by a triptych of prejudices; colonialism, patriarchy and zealotry. Yet, rather than be weighed down by this load, Chughtai’s prose soars majestically above the cultural cliches and convolutions. In “Guldan” her story “Zahir ka Piyala” is best one from all stories. I can’t sleep properly after reading that . In story , a poor women works in rich family to fulfil needs. She has to nursing , take care of little girl , while lactation to little girl , She has no milk for her own son . As time passes litte Girl become Healthier and her own son become too weak due to insufficient milk syndrome , which causes His death . This story placed you in shocked position, Writer do her best to describing even little details. There are many other interesting stories in “Guldan” If you wana read realistic stuff , you must have “Guldan” in your hands and Trust me you never get disappointed. Jazakillah