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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Rahi Saheb had written that story.

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. Because to go would have been to forsake the singularity of his own life and to live at second-hand, a history written by others. The author was one of these Saiyids and in this novel he takes us home.

Book review: Rahi Masoom Reza’s ‘The Feuding Families of Village Gangauli’

Many years later I read ‘Adha Gaon’. I scratched my head and said, ‘you don’t have to be big to do big things! 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.

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For him Adha Gaon ” Adha Gaon doesn’t wallow in the troubles of Muslims left marooned by the Partition. The novel opens in the autobiographical first person and then switches interestingly to a third person narrative which flits impartially from one character to afha next in a cast so large that it’s impossible to keep track of everyone.

For the writers whose work features on this blogzine, leave comments. I was, I guess, in the sixth grade.

A collaboration over too adga coffee. At the time this story happened, it was a mixed village but its routines were dominated by the Shia Saiyids who were its zamindars.

I’ve lived in UP, I know those places, I know the people Rahi Masoom Reza was a distant granduncle of mine.

Adha Gaon – Indian Novels Collective

Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Excerpt But the Hakim Sahib climbed once into a train, and the railway climbed into his brain. Scribe by Tod Dominey. It is the story of the ruins where houses stood and of the houses built on those ruins. 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.

The precise understanding of complex situations by seemingly simple and innocent ada folks. And I narrated the whole tale.

Thank you for this! I will have to look for it. He’d seen a motor car for the first time in Lucknow too.



This dream of the Hakim Sahib didn’t last long, however, as a train would have needed acres of land adhaa its stable.

The greatness of this book are its characters. First in Hindi and then the English translation.

It is a mistake even to try to do this because the author doesn’t intend to let his readers get involved with the characters’ individual destinies. He was particularly fond of my father.

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I will not go. All posts are the intellectual property of the original authors, and are reproduced here with permission. The original is a masterpiece, a tour de force, layered, entertaining and insightful. If you want to use a full post, please ask permission adhz the author concerned. And I will give no one the right to say to me: I remember one of my earliest meetings with him.

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