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The Half Mother 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 Bashir The night is tired now, the old moon, hanging in the dark sky, is tired too It is the s 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 knowing 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 This is the power of writing fiction that we writers, 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 kashmir The book is full of e This is the power of writing fiction that we writers, 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 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 get killed like a stray cat or dog, and be thrown away to rot in the wild Its Kashmir, the Paradise on Earth Paradise Indeed A deeply disturbing novel that makes your heart weep. 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 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 Since common people only get to hear the media version of Kashmir, the story from only one side, Shahnaz Bashir, in his The 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 eyes.This is the main theme around whic Since common people only get to hear the media version of Kashmir, the story from only one side, Shahnaz Bashir, in his The 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 eyes.This 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 man.The 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 Persons.The 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 not just as mothers but also in every phase of their lives 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 coldness of terror can be felt in bones and the helplessness of a mother echoes throughout the story.A must read for those who value liberty and an eye opener for those who don t 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. It s good 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 kashmir.


About the Author: Shahnaz Bashir

SHAHNAZ BASHIR was born and brought up in Indian administered Kashmir His critically lauded and widely reviewed debut novel The Half Mother won the Muse India Young Writer Award 2015 His second book Scattered Souls was longlisted for Tata Lit Live Best Book Fiction 2017 and won The Citizen s Talent of the Year Award 2016 2017 In April 2018, Kashmir Observer reported Scattered Souls is the best selling fiction book in Kashmir till date Literary critics have compared his short fiction with works of great writers like Anton Chekhov and Sadat Hassan Manto His short stories, memoir essays, poetry and reportage have been anthologised or published widely He was honoured with university gold medal in journalism and was also awarded the Shamim Ahmad Shamim Memorial Kashmir Times Award 2007 for excelling in media studies In 2018, Shahnaz was awarded a Writer s Residency in Switzerland by Pro Helvetia the Swiss Arts Council in India He teaches narrative journalism, creative writing and conflict reporting to post graduate students at the Central University of Kashmir.


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