KINDLE [The Half Mother A Novel]


E to the sorrows of so many lost stories like Haleema s across the paradise The story is extremely riveting enthralling yet poignant in every aspect and I recommend each and every one to pick a copy of this book now Verdict A sorrowful journey of a Kashmiri mother looking for her lost son through the valleys Heart breaking story about the anguish and sheer pain experienced by most of the mothers of the splendid valley In The True Form Portraying the true form Portraying ind of traumas affliction and sufferings that majority of Kashmiris have been facing till now at the hands of grossly immoral and barbaric Indian forces Since common people only get to hear the media version of Kashmir the story from only *ONE SIDE SHAHNAZ BASHIR IN HIS * side Shahnaz Bashir in his half mother makes a bold effort to present the story of the other side His attempt is a daring feat because being a male he takes the task of portraying and narrating the story and emotions of a woman The Half Mother is a powerful account of what a mother feels and goes through when her child is taken away from her infront of her eyesThis is the main theme around which the entire narrative revolves There are other minor themes and issues that the author attempts to raise here These are the position of women loss mistaken identity relationships love family political manipulation subjugation of common manThe power of Bashir is such that this idea of half resonates throughout the text and gives jolts to the reader Resultant of this the reader is helplessly sympathetic towards the protagonist Haleema but at the same time is in awe of her powerful transformation from a mute voiceless crying mother to becoming the leader of the Association of Relatives of the Disappeared PersonsThe two most important men in her life her life her father Ab Jaan and Imran also emerge as lively and realistic characters They both meet their tragic fates which infuses pathos in Bashir s writing Bashir s debut with this powerful and daring writing successfully gives voice to the Women Who Suffer The Most Especially Mothers They Remain Half who suffer the most especially mothers They remain half just as mothers but also in every phase of their lives This is the power of writing fiction that wewriters authors cannot write by or about Kashmir in a non fiction genre Author has brilliantly pen down the emotions of Haleema a mother whose son is missing It is not only the story Of Haleema but of the whole Kashmir valley where mother waits for his missing son wife for her missing husband sister for her brother son or daughter for his father and father for his son The haunting story of every house here in Je viens d'Alep. Itinraire d'un rfugi ordinaire kashmir The book is full of emotions A heart wrenching novel Shahnaz Bashir at his best What can you do in a place where you can getilled like a stray cat or dog and be thrown away to rot in the wild Its Kashmir the Paradise on Earth Paradise Indeed The rise of militancy and the eventual war destroyed many lives and desecrated many homes in the valley The gut wrenching incidents that happened during that time can be found in many other accounts The author captures one such household during that period He captures the gloomy atmosphere that loomed over the valley very well But he tries that with the help of few characters so naturally the story goes from extremely emotional to slightly exaggerated one A good read nonetheless Despite being fiction The half mother could very well be a tale of anyone of the numerous victims of war in Kashmir With the compassionate realism and purity of narration this novel reveals the other face of Kashmir The ugly one The one that no body wants to see or write about or talk about in their filmsy talk shows and news hours After you finish the last page you find yourself still deep inside the novel You can still hear the breathless breathing of Haleema Hats off to Shahnaz Bashir for such beautiful and hauntingly wonderful work Amazing written story I don t remember the last time I cried like this after reading any book Perhaps being a Kashmiri I could relate The Author has depicted the story in a way it needs to be told He has combined and fictionalised different stories Hats off Amazing work Shahnaz Bashi. Ile she battles for answers and seeks out torture camps jails and morgues for any signs of Imran Kashmir burns in a war that will haunt it for years to come Heart wrenching deeply troubling and lyrical The Half Mother marks the debut of a bold new voice from Kashm. This book is awesome I love it It narrates the story of a single mother for his son who has been captured by security forces in mid 1990 era in ashmir A story so melancholic and a writing so accomplished Unbelievable debut novel from Shahnaz Bashir The feeling was almost like reading Ondaatje The Half Mother is a soulful CRY OF A TORTURED HUMILIATED AND BATTERED POPULACE THE of a tortured humiliated and battered populace The of terror can be felt in bones and the helplessness of a mother echoes throughout the storyA must read for those who value liberty and an eye opener for those who don t A deeply disturbing novel that makes your heart weep God now that a mother need fortitude and courage and tolerance and flexibility and patience and firmness and nearly every other brave aspect of the human soul Phyllis McGinleyShahnaz Bashir an India author has penned a tragic story about a mother s love in his book The Half Mother A Novel where the author weaves the story of a Kashmiri mother looking for her son who has been arrested by the army in a raid following an attack by the militants in their locality Thus begins the journey of a desperate mother looking for her son from one army camp to another to one minster s home to another police station to finally approaching the media but with time her health deteriorates and it seems no one is aware that a boy is missingSynopsis The night is tired now the old moon hanging in the dark sky is tired too It is the 1990s and Kashmir s long war has begun to claim its first victims Among them are Ghulam Rasool Joo Haleema s father and her teenage son Imran who is picked up by the authorities only to disappear into the void of Kashmir s missing people The Half Mother is the story of Haleema a mother and a daughter yesterday a half mother and an orphan today tormented by not nowing whether Imran is dead or alive torn apart by her own lonely existence While she battles for answers and seeks out torture camps jails and morgues for any signs of Imran Kashmir burns in a war that will haunt it for years to come Heart wrenching deeply troubling and lyrical The Half Mother marks the debut of a bold new voice from Kashmir Haleema is born into poverty and soon after her loving mother s death she had to uit her school and studies and had to marry a medical assistant But it seems Haleema is also born with bad luck as her marriage comes to an end within a few months and she had to return back to her father s home in Natipora locality The only good thing that came out of her short lived marriage is the birth of her son Imran who soon becomes her darling boy and her father s new guiding stick But the time period of the late 1980s is ripe with obligatory arrests by the army due to the violence and attacks by the militants in Kashmir following due every Kashmiri family lives with the fear that they either don t get abducted by the militants or get arrested by the army as either of them guarantees no safe return to home Unlucky Haleema too faces the wrath of such violence when her father is illed in a violent raid performed by the Indian army due to a militants attack And on the very same evening while mourning for the death of her dear father Haleema loses her loving son Imran when the army arrests him in a very similar raid and takes him away Haleema has no time to mourn for her father hence *SHE PUTS THE GRIEF AT THE BACK OF HER *puts the grief at the back of her and begs in the feet of the army to let his son free as he has done nothing And from there Haleema s painful and long journey begins to find her son and bring him back to home hence she nocks every government official s door every army camp s door and even contact those people who too have faced a similar fate like Haleema s and try to form a united body of people to meet the chief minister and also approaches a local journalist from BBC who at least pays some heed to her story and prints it But Imran never comes back and no one seems to have any idea about Imran s whereabouts And with time Haleema ages and her health fails her but she never once loses her hope So in the midst of failing health and the lies that every army related personnel is giving her can. The night is tired now the old moon hanging in the dark sky is tired too It is the 1990s and Kashmir's long war has begun to claim its first victims Among them are Ghulam Rasool Joo Haleema's father and her teenage son Imran who is picked up by the authorities onl. .

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Haleema find her son Imran before it is too lateThis is another such book after Mirza Waheed s The Book it is too lateThis is another such book after Mirza Waheed s The Book Gold Leaves that compelled me with its authentic synopsis about a mother s fight and mostly because of the fact that the story is written by a first time Kashmiri author Kashmir has forever suffered either in the hands of the strong Jihad believer militants sponsored by Pakistan or in the hands of the fearless Indian Army who came to fame under the pretext of their inhuman torture done by them on the innocent Kashmiris Kashmir s history is easily forgotten by the people of India but the Kashmiri folks now about it as it is written wither in their family history or in their bloods and they have to live with it every passing day Trust me I ve been there and I ve seen it with my very own eyes how they have suffered and are still suffering with the war that is still going on discreetly in the background of their daily lives Now the author here pens this story like some experienced author as his fresh voice coincides with maturity depth and feels like the author nows how to move his readers through the emotional turmoil highlighted in the book The author s writing style is extremely well polished emphatic and is laced with emotions that are deep and will move the readers with its power The narrative is realistic and honest and every other human soul can easily comprehend with the dialogues of the central character and not to mention Kashmiri mothers especially whose painful stories are forgotten under the progress of Kashmir s wealth politics education and constantly growing tourism industry will definitely find this story close to their heart and will cherish it forever The pacing is swift and smooth as the readers sway with the free flow of the storyThe author has cleverly portrayed the plight of a desperate half mother s journey to find her son who at first nocks the door of the local police station then goes to the army camp who bluntly denies that her son then goes to the army camp who bluntly denies that her son never been picked up for uestioning then forms a body of people consisting of half mothers and half widows in the valley of Kashmir and approaches the chief minister and then approaches a BBC journalist who too is dominated by the state This painful and heart breaking story will echo the stories of all the mothers and wives from this vast country India whose sons or husbands have been arrested by the government authority like police or army for uestioning and following which never returns back to home Haleema has been projected like an epitome to all the grieving mothers and wives and the readers will easily feel related to her problems thus connecting with her from heart and mindThe backdrop *That The Author Arrested Into *the author arrested into pages of this book is not only striking but also extremely lively which will only act as a time machine for the readers that will transport them not only back in a forgotten and deadly era in Kashmir s history but also to this very paradise The author has painted the picturesue backdrop of Kashmir with its green valleys and meadows and clear blue stream flowing amidst the snow white capped mountains into the heart of the city Srinagar The timeline aptly syncs with the projection of the then Kashmir when the war between the army and the insurgents not only changed the lives of the common and innocent Kashmiri folks but also changed the whole ecology of this paradiseThe characters in this book are depicted with realism and their honest demeanor will make the readers fall and root for them till the very end Haleema is a wonderful protagonist as her pain as well as her voice is believable and her fearless and hopeful demeanor will Leggiamo l'ora. Gioco e imparo. Ediz. a colori keep the readers too hoping for her fight The rest of the supporting characters especially Haleema s father who enlightens his grandson with education and so much wisdom that will make the readers arrested to his presence Overall all the characters uphold that old Kashmiri flair and warmth and are perfectly in sync with the story lineIn a nutshell this is a must read realistic story of a mother coming from the pen of a debut writer as he successfully gives justic. Y to disappear into the void of Kashmir's missing people The Half Mother is the story of Haleema a mother and a daughter yesterday a 'half mother' and an orphan today tormented by notnowing whether Imran is dead or alive torn apart by her own lonely existence Wh. ,
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