For him Adha Gaon ” is the story of time passing through Gangauli. This is the story of the dreams and courage trapped in these changing. Adha Gaon. By Rahi Masoom Raza Tranlated to ‘A Village Divided ‘ by Gillian Wright. For Raza, Adha Gaon ”is the story of time passing through Gangauli. Originally published in Urdu as ‘Aadha Gaon’, A Village Divided is written by Dr Rahi Masoom Reza (better known as a script-writer, who also.

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Has an especial poignancy for me personally, Annie!

Tweaking and additional graphics: Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. So, like any 11 years old I had a point to prove.

I will have to look for it. The greatness of this book are its characters. Join up for read-meets in these cities: But unfortunately he wasn’t alive till then for me to say thank you and to tell him as to how he inspires till date to bring out these little tales tucked in the recesses of my brain. Sounds interesting – and an excellent recommendation! The author was one of these Saiyids and in this novel he takes us home. Seeped in the folk traditions of India-ably critiquing its negatives while at the same time highlighting the simplicity of even the supposed crooks.

Adha Gaon doesn’t wallow in the troubles of Muslims left marooned by the Partition.

Caferati read-meets and local events: Thank you for this! When I mentioned at school that I am related to him and he is a guest at home these days, people didn’t believe it. The absence of mawkishness has gqon to do with the task Reza has set for himself.



He was amused, he said why do you want that. Individual members’ pages may or may not be visible to you depending on the privacy settings they have chosen. It is the story of the ruins where adna stood and of the houses built on those ruins.

I will not go.

caferati: Aadha Gaon/ A village divided – Review

Great novels – and this xdha a great novel – don’t traffic in predictable misery. That was why he refused to let the touts of these arriviste nations, Hindustan and Pakistan, dislodge him from Gangauli. The greatest crisis of all was Partition, and as it approached in the book I braced myself for the pathos that I knew would surely follow.

I remember one of my earliest meetings with gan. I took my textbook to him and asked him can he autograph his chapter. This dream gon the Hakim Sahib didn’t last long, however, as a train would have needed acres of land for its stable. For him Adha Gaon ” He’d seen a motor car for the first time in Lucknow too. Gano original is a masterpiece, a tour de force, layered, entertaining and insightful. July 2, I was dissappointed with Gillian Wright’s afha. The precise understanding of complex situations by seemingly simple and innocent village folks.

Shall look out for it in bookstores! That was why he chose a motor car for his dreams instead. So when Reza makes his stand towards the end of the book, he simply ignores India and Pakistan. Nationalism, an ideology that allowed its adherents to feel proprietorial or hostile about places they had never seen and towards people they had never met, was from the point of view of Gangauli’s natives, insane. He smiled and signed my textbook and then he asked me what have I learnt from this story.


It is a mistake even to try adhw do this because the author doesn’t intend to let his readers get involved with the characters’ individual destinies. But he had never been there so he couldn’t think of it as home because a place becomes home through the passing of time, a developing of affection and familiarity. He laughed aloud and his laughing face got etched in my memory forever. Capturing a difficult idiom. Many years later I read ‘Adha Gaon’.

The Saiyids gaoj and played and extravagantly mourned the martyrdom of Hussain during Moharram.

Keep in touch with Caferati members in your city. So to him home was Gangauli. That sounds like an awesome book. This is the story of the dreams and courage trapped in these changing ages adua man. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments. Excerpt But the Hakim Sahib climbed once into a train, and the railway climbed into his brain. Now share the story Too bad.