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The plot's very confusing, but for the characters. The music, the culture, the dance the political awareness is above everyone else in all of India, especially the Punjabis who in contrast are are great spoilers of culture, who are nothing in front of Luckow wallas. Stay as long as I do in the clash of the impolite conversation and the bowels of Wikipedia, and you'll lose your liking for stability, your need for knowing all. Here, I felt, the story lingered and lost some momentum. Raised the very important question for me, what have gained by severing ties with India?
One of the gapes as mentioned is the epigraph itself. The epigraph is a significant structural device used by the author in Aag ka Darya. Hyder wanted her readers of Aag ka Darya to have a cyclic view of life, which is implicit in the epigraph itself.
Because human life is a continuous phenomena so every moment is the continuity of life and not the continuity of death. We see this continuity in the characters of Qurratulain Hyder. Every time we see Gautam as an educated upper man. The employment of characters with a sight tinkering with names is very interesting to the structure of Aag ka Darya and the River of Fire. Both the novels are divided into four sections namely the Buddhist Period, the Time of Kabir , the Period of British Colonial Rule, and the Period of Freedom Struggle and the characters in these sections seem to be shifting their identities.
We have one more Gautam Nilamber in the fourth section of the story. All these characters are different but they need to be understood as a whole to have a holistic understanding of the Indian civilization. Hyder does not offer the western notions of nation. Hyder takes the Sufi aspect of Islam which has a more has a more assimilating tendency. We have the same assimilating power in the Bakti tradition.
This syncretism was holding us together. Qurratulain Hyder wants to focus our attention towards this problem, which is still lurking in both India and Pakistan. Qurratualain Hyder highlights in the last section of the novel the ill-treatment of people of East Pakistan the present Bangladesh at the hands of the officers of West Pakistan the present Pakistan and there was the sense hatred in West Pakistan.
Aag ka Darya was completed in and it was published in It was just the eleventh years of Pakistan as a separate country at that time. After some more eleven years in , we see the partition of Bengal. It is indeed a prophetic vision of the novelist that projected the consequences of the hatred between the people of East and West Pakistan. There is a need to look into the rise of discreet identities in the context of modern day democratized notions of nation.
We can trace the rise of ethic confrontation in an alarming in so-called independent and free postcolonial nations. According to an estimate: In fact, ethnic conflicts are four times more likely than interstate wars…; some 15 million people have died worldwide as a result of ethnic violence since including war-related starvation and disease.
We as India are not just, what we are now, we need to have a diachronic understanding of our civilization, which is a hybridization of various civilizations.
India as a nation is not just only a particular culture of a particular community. Qurratulain Hyder points out: There was yet another aspect of the new nationalistic moment that was making its presence felt-- some people had openly talking of Ancient Hindu Culture and the Glory-that-was- Islam.
How was Indian culture to be defined? Was it ruse for Hindus to enslave the Muslims? Could real Indians only be Hindus?
Were Muslims unholy intruders who should be treated as such? The paper does not dismiss the individuality in either of these two texts. It has rather tried to explore that apart from the linguistic and tempo-spatial differences, in which Hyder has produced these texts, both of them have a role to provide holistic overview of India as the assimilation of different civilization influences.
To put it differently River of Fire is not just an attempt to ease those English speakers, who do not know Urdu, its condensation and simple prose is helpful to those bilinguals also who could read Aag ka Darya. Aag ka Darya—Eik Tezziyati Mutala. Dastigeer Society. Assuddin, M. Qurratulain Hyder and the River of Fire: The Meaning Scope and Significance of her Legacy. Rakshanda Jalil. New Delhi: Aakar Books. Eliot, T. Cambridge University Press. Google Book Search. Aag ka Darya. Educational Publishing House.
River of Fire Aag ka Darya. Transcreated from the original Urdu by the author. New York: New Directions.
Rather, this is one of those novels about which Steven Moore once quip'd re: Genji's Tale:: Who of us know nothing about Urdu Lit? I don't. View 1 comment. Mar 19, Kavita rated it it was ok Shelves: This book came so highly praised from all quarters.
I struggled at the beginning but continued hoping it would justify all the great reviews and ratings. But it never picked up. I kept thinking that maybe I am missing something, but I don't think I am. One-third through the book, I have had enough. It's just not worth continuing a book if my heart sinks at the thought of having to pick it up again and reading another vapid and chapter.
The idea behind River of Fire is really great. I wanted this This book came so highly praised from all quarters. I wanted this to be a great book - the epic it is touted to be. Qurratulain Hyder sets out to cover the entire history of the Indian subcontinent going back years from the time of the rise of Buddhism and supposedly ends post-Independence.
This is indeed a mammoth job, and I appreciate Hyder for having even attempted such a feat. The story does not follow a linear narration.
It jumps from one epoch to another and from one character to another. In essence, it is just an overview of the different periods of the history of India through different characters.
But this was not sufficient to keep up my interest. The characters are very superficial and only serve as means to get a time period across.
But that is not compensated by any good plot. Everything is left vague probably on purpose. I read until the British period ended Cyril Ashley but by then I was already getting heartily bored and simply just wanted to be done with this. Maybe it does pick up after this because there is not much of history left but I simply don't have the energy. I would not dissuade anyone from reading River of Fire but beware you need at least a passing acquaintance with Indian history to make basic sense of what is happening on the pages, because there is really nothing else to the story.
What a novel, I cannot believe any Indian Muslim would be capable of writing such literature after growing up in a very conservative, Islami, Zia Ul Haqqi Pakistan. No wonder Quratulain Hyder left Pakistan to settle back in India. The novel starts from yeas ago, in the time when Alexander the great and Darius third were fighting it out. Her first hero is a Brahmin barmachariya, who is a talented artist who finds inspiration in a failed romance.
The next hero is a Muslim soldier katib, the j What a novel, I cannot believe any Indian Muslim would be capable of writing such literature after growing up in a very conservative, Islami, Zia Ul Haqqi Pakistan. The next hero is a Muslim soldier katib, the jumping a couple of thousand years who is looking to document the history of the land they have become masters off, but are completely frustrated by the lack of any written records of history.
History does not seem to be very important with the local people, who only seem to be occupied with accepting all vagaries of life, all masters, abhorring conflict, content to spend their lives in trying to find the meaning of life. Raised the very important question for me, what have gained by severing ties with India?
How can we forget our forefathers and their efforts? Creating nations based on ideology has put us in a constant state of unrest. After all, any ideology is perfect, absolute which unfortunately makes it very unachievable as well.
The great religion of Islam is just one of the other great religions to inhibit the great land mass of India. It has had its peak, but also its low with the British taking away all its glory. Trying to resurrect the spirit of Islam in India is a lost cause for me, as we have forgotten the skill to rule as well as severed all links with global Islamic super power of that time.
What is the use of harping about unity of a weak and miskeen Ummah? We are a nation without a nation, flying in the air without a base to return to. How long can we fly aimlessly? The 'river of blood' is used to string the novel together as the heroes change over time.
The third progenitor is an English who comes to India with the famous East India Company to make a fortune. But the next change in scenario winds to the all familiar Lucknow which is Qurat's specialty. Suddenly the smooth description of the progenitor disappears as a myriad of characters suddenly come to the fore, confusing the whole story very badly.
I can understand why Qurat could have messed this bit up as this was her own era so she was capable of presenting a lot more but this change in style is very confusing for the reader. It is two novels in one.
The first one is brilliant followed by longish one set in the elitist circles of 's Lucknow.
The second one is an exact copy of 'teri bhi sanam khaney' which I found tough going as most of the characters were going through their lives without much excitement or action. The cultured girls of Lucknow seem to be in hot demand of eligible bachelors the world over. The music, the culture, the dance the political awareness is above everyone else in all of India, especially the Punjabis who in contrast are are great spoilers of culture, who are nothing in front of Luckow wallas.
The second bit of the novel has brought the rating down to 3 stars. It is written much in the tradition of historical novel, where we see different characters in different eras within the timeline of years.
It explores the ancient cultural heritage of the Indian subcontinent, and how the past is linked to the present. Existentialism is an ever present theme in almost all the stories. The characters here are grappling with questions like Existence of God, purpose of life and identity. Little did I know that I was in for a huge disappointment. While many people praise it for the scope of its motifs and the profundity of its characterization, I failed too see how any of this is true.
The chapters are divided in no particular order. A story is starts off randomly and is left unfinished. I tried very hard to understand where the author was going with this but found myself reading multiple storylines and none of them made sense. The dialogue, the narration and the characters, all of which have brief moments of brilliance, ended up sounding like pointless banter. The first time I read it, I was not fully equipped to get the extent of it.
Not that I consider myself fully equipped now, but at least I get a fair idea why Haider is considered to belong to the breed of Marquez, Saramago and Pamuk by so many critics of Urdu literature. A superb masterpiece which should be read by all from the subcontinent and those who wish to make sense of various crisscrossing currents of history, society and religion. Without any biases, I consider it far superior than One The first time I read it, I was not fully equipped to get the extent of it.
Without any biases, I consider it far superior than One Hundred Years of Solitude with which it is compared so often. Perhaps because its breadth of past years is surprisingly so meaningful in the present. I consider the letter by one of the protagonists of novel in last section as the one of the best description of Pakistan ever written.
Simply unputdownable. Apr 21, Rural Soul rated it really liked it. When I started to read it, it was being felt very boring as it had a lot Sanskrit words, terms and philosophies. So it wasn't easy to keep reading for an illiterate guy like me. I didn't stop reading and I gradually I got hold of it when I reached in mid of it. My head kept shivering and my spine felt a wave when I finally finished. I just want to rip my shirt and want to start dirge that I really don't know history where am I standing right now.
I am holding a hammer in my hand and I am imagining When I started to read it, it was being felt very boring as it had a lot Sanskrit words, terms and philosophies. I am holding a hammer in my hand and I am imagining how did they feel who left their factories behind to be called Pakistani but they were humiliated here. I think I have right to dream that it will be really called "Country" one day.
Dec 05, Ayesha rated it liked it Shelves: But I can't recall anything I read.
I think I'll try rereading it in a few more years after improving my Urdu. I read some glowing reviews and eagerly downloaded it. It made me yawn,I don't have the patience to slog through this one,however wonderful it is supposed to be.
Jan 28, Ronald Morton rated it really liked it Shelves: The eye, O priests, is on fire; forms are on fire, eye-consciousness is on fire. The body is like a house which is on fire but we keep talking! We keep talking till the house is finally burnt down. After that I found my interest waning as the balance of the text gave way to extensive dialogue, which I had trouble focusing on.
I thought the first half did a great job of establishing the characters and much of the history - especially focusing on the Hindu and Buddhist roots, as well as the British occupation - but once it reaches the 20th century it bogged down for me.
I'll admit that much of this book - both from a social and historic perspective - went a bit over my head, as mostly all of Indian culture and history is pretty unknown to me, and the book doesn't waste much time with footnotes there are a handful. It's possible to likely that there are aspects and nuances of the book that I missed in my ignorance, but there was only so much "looking up" that I was willing to do, and instead relied on context for the most part.
Even that said, the early, historical sections, were the ones I loved the most, so maybe it wasn't that much of a factor. All that said, I'd still recommend this, the writing itself is excellent, for me the story just fell a bit flat, but there is a lot to discover here, especially if the culture and history is unknown to you.
View all 3 comments. Jan 17, Ahmed Iqbal marked it as to-read. Ghaas ki bheeni khushbu,pathron ki khunki aur mitti ki quwat us ne apney talwon ke neeche mehsoos ki. One of the most beautiful books I've ever read. Hope I can some day gather the strength to read it in Urdu.
Apr 19, Rohan rated it really liked it. The characters are weaker than I expected. The historical breadth of this novel is so large that four hundred pages is really not enough to do justice to the generations that populate it: They come across as players on a vast stage, not as people. Although motivations and imagination are explored throughout, I never found much satisfaction in them. On this account I give the benefit of the doubt to the author, given the novel's reputation The characters are weaker than I expected.
On this account I give the benefit of the doubt to the author, given the novel's reputation and the fact that this translation is often sturdy rather than beautiful.
Despite these flaws, and I do wish this work is retranslated in the future, history, aesthetics, and the metaphysics of loss run deep in River of Fire. This is telling: River of Fire is an enlarging work of literary and cultural history, but more importantly, it is a painful and haunting lyric on dislocation, impermanence and memory.
Jul 24, Aasia Abdali rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is a philosophically enriched novel with few original and extraordinary point of view on the Partition of India and Israel's ideology.
It raises many fundamental questions as well. The only minus point of this book is its 'difficulty'. It took a lot of patience and effort to continue reading this piece of Urdu literature.
Those who want to read this extra ordinary novel must keep in mind that this novel is going to require a re-read.
Aug 14, Asif Nawaz rated it it was amazing. Undoubtedly a masterpiece, now I know why it's often considered as the greatest Urdu novel ever. Immaculate research, absorbing characters and beautiful Urdu prose are what make Aag Ka Darya the phenomenon it is. Covering four eras of India's history spread over some two thousand years, the novel plays amazingly along the merciless passing of time. The flowing river which she uses as an emblem of th I can easily imagine Qurratulain Hyder rejoicing with culmination at having written Aag Ka Darya.
The flowing river which she uses as an emblem of this is haunting. Stays with you long after you're done with it. They say it right: Nov 23, Nikhil rated it it was amazing Shelves: Haider is the master of many different literary forms; her works wander through these literary forms over time and space without reservation.
The religious meditation on renunciation, the medieval Islamic travel narrative, the colonial adventure story, the Lucknowi novel of manners, the novel of betrayed national aspirations, the novel of exiles, etc.
Haider puts all these stories together, jumps around between them. The characters that repeat ov 4. The characters that repeat over and over again over time have similar troubles and have similar aspirations.
They search for their place in life, they have youthful dreams that are dashed by political circumstances that while they are a part of are also beyond their control, they wander aimlessly and lost, they make some sense of their life or not, they die.
The men cannot sort out their responsibilities to women, betraying them again and again and then ending up surprised at their own moral turpitude.
Their lives would have been much simpler had they but committed to a person or a course of action, rather than approaching and retreating without ever being able to commit. Haider is correctly vicious in her characterization of the national movements of South Asia and the people involved with the formal political movements at the time. The rich children of Zamindars debate esoteric points of Marxism and arrange marriage matches for their endogamous communities while poor famine victims starve to death on railway stations.
The shattering of Partition, which occurs off camera, hangs over the second half of the text like a pall. It destroys the youthful generation who come of age at that time, the nation states betraying their idealism and turning them into the parents they defied. This book is much much more than a commentary on religious syncretism as the paratext would suggest. That is a blinded view of this wonderful text, that really tells a story of human impermanence in the face of the brutality of time.
Identities, nation states, human aspirations, human creation, they all fade to ruination and are absorbed into the Earth. The only constant appears to be that people play out the same set of tortured relationships, social hierarchies, and conflicts over and over again. Mar 11, Greeshma rated it really liked it.
Seems a bit haphazard and jagged at times too. But the book's scope is still truly magnificent. The fanatical idealism gives way to melancholic reality and I guess that's where I connect The plot's very confusing, but for the ch "We have all betrayed one another.
The plot's very confusing, but for the characters. In retrospect, I really align with them, if not with their philosophical approaches to situations then at least with the way their lives eventually play out. Kamal's decision seems brimming with anger but it's also such a poignant insight into how the relentless world envelopes you in its jadedness.
We are never sure how and where the lines are exactly drawn. The first half of the novel is really good and deserved to be categorised as 'classic'.
Its a well documented history of evolution of Indian society, religious thought process and melting of cultures into each other. This part deserves 5 stars. The second half where story reaches s Lucknow and then partition of India, it gets boring, especially when characters reach England. Unnecessary details, numerable characters which distract reader's attention from main characters are quite off putting The first half of the novel is really good and deserved to be categorised as 'classic'.
Unnecessary details, numerable characters which distract reader's attention from main characters are quite off putting. The story does not look promising in that part. The style and incidents are quite similar to that of Ismat Chughtai's 'TeRhi Lakeer' which is of course not one of best works of Chugtai. If second half of the book, which covers around pages of the book was properly edited , it would have saved the whole book.
Sep 28, Sadiq sagheer rated it it was ok.