Most competently translated by Rakhshanda Jalil from the original Urdu, the novel by late Intezar Husain is a tragic story of disillusionment and disappointment and how the bright expectation of a new land of the Pure, namely Pakistan, has been terribly belied and that it has become a country of guns and senseless violence The novel is many things, about longing and loss and nostalgia about the author s home in Uttar Pradesh India before migration and about decaying cities and ageing There is no structured plot per se to the book, yet it holds one s attention owing to its layered and nuanced writing The author uses two interesting literary devices one, the two names by which the protagonist, Jawad, is referred to called Munnan in his pre migration days is used to display a conflict of identities Two, a bullet that lodges in Jawad s head triggers related stories and parables from mythology and folklore and this is where the quintessential Husain comes into his own Does his love for his childhood friend, Maimuna, also represent his longing for yearning for the time spent in pre partitioned India The author does not give clear answers This is a novel that makes you sit up and think and that is saying a lot. In Young Jawad Hassan Gives Up His Ancestral Home In India And His Fiancee Maimuna For A Dream Country Founded By Jinnah And Even Though The Newly Created State Of Pakistan Is Thronged By A Huge Number Of Zealous Muslims, Ready To Lead From The Front, The Rapid Breakdown Of Law And Order In Karachi Makes Many, Like Jawad, Retreat Into Reminiscence Of Their Past In Undivided India It Nudges Them To Probe The Larger History Of Migration And The Rise And Fall Of Ancient Cities And Civilizations The Second In Intizar Husain S Acclaimed Trilogy, The Sea Lies Ahead Takes Up The Story Of Pakistan Where The First Novel Basti Ended Poised On The Verge Of Breaking Off From Its Eastern Arm Its Title Is A Nod To The Callous Remark Made By General Ayub Khan Who When Asked What Would Happen To The Urdu Speaking Muhajirs Who Had Come From India And Had, In A Sense, Burnt Their Boats Allegedly Said, Aage Samandar Hai , The Sea Lies Ahead This Is A Novel About Those Muhajirs, Among Them The Author Himself, Who Went To The Promised Land Of The Pure, And Were Met With Mistrust, Prejudice And Apathy Equally, It Is A Rich Portrait Of The New Culture Of Urban Pakistan Fostered By People Who Came From The Countless Towns And Hamlets In And Around Lucknow, Meerut And Delhi Bringing Alive Unforgettable Characters With Its Sparkling Prose, This Novel Is A Powerful Exploration Of Islamic History And The Story Of Pakistan S Great Disillusionment This was my third book regarding partition stories and it has ignited my love for My next pick is also by Intizar Husain Day Dastan which is published by Niyogi Books. A story about a young man who has just made the trip of his life, giving up his birthplace in India for a dream country, called Pakistan Starting from scratch in the newly established city of Karachi, which before Partition was relatively unknown, but after the Partition is suddenly boosted by huge number of emotional and spirited Muslims ready to lead from the front The only issue is that the past still hounds each and everyone of the new patriotic imported Pakistanis which pulls them back, forcing them to question their migration decision The question becomes even pronounced with the rapid demise of law and order in Karachi The author has done a wonderful job in painting a picture of the new culture of Karachi through rich characters from Lucknow, Mirath, Delhi I loved the interactions between the progenitor and his best friend as they both strive to make sense of the chaos and melee called Karachi The author is probably the best Urdu novel writer in Urdu at the moment in the world. An exemplary translation of a beautiful book If only the storyline was coherent, and easier to follow I loved the descriptions of erstwhile Lucknow Delhi that the muhajir community had left behind in India with their move to Karachi Absolutely beautiful As a student of History, I particularly appreciated the parallel drawn between Al Andalus, C rdoba, Sevilla and Granada with the state of Lucknow and Delhi after Partition. The subject was partition and its impact on the families migrated Bit slow, typical Intizar Hussain Karachi after immigrants depicted well.
Intizar Husain 1925 2016 was a journalist, short story writer, and novelist, widely considered one of the most significant fiction writers in Urdu Born in Dibai, Bulandshahr, in British administered India, he migrated to Pakistan in 1947 and lived in Lahore Besides Basti, he was the author of two other novels, Naya Gar The New House , which paints a picture of Pakistan during the ten year dic
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