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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Join up for read-meets in these cities: The absence of mawkishness has something to do with the task Reza has set for himself. It even reached the stage where, when he dreamed of what his son would do when he’d finished his studies, he decided that first Saddan would become a thanedar because by the grace of God, there was a great deal of extra income in running a police stationand then, when Saddan’s income had grown sufficiently large, he would buy a train.

Keep in touch with Caferati members in your city. Thank adhx Annie for making this book popular. Has an especial poignancy for me personally, Annie!

Seeped in the folk traditions of India-ably critiquing its negatives while at the same time highlighting the simplicity of even the supposed crooks. Please note that to see the linked Original Posts, you must be a member of Ryze and Caferati, and be signed in when you click. The novel opens in the autobiographical first person and then switches interestingly to a third person narrative which flits impartially from one character to the next in a cast so large that it’s impossible to keep track of everyone.

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I was, I guess, in the zdha grade. This dream of the Hakim Sahib didn’t last long, however, as a train would have needed acres of land for its stable. That was why he chose a motor car for his dreams instead. That sounds like an awesome book.

caferati: Aadha Gaon/ A village divided – Review

It is a story miraculously well told and wonderfully translated in which the vividness of a participant’s memories is disciplined by the impersonal authority of the chronicler. However, I feel that the English translation stunts its stature.

First in Hindi and then the English translation. Selected by Annie Zaidi Do You Like This Story? That was why he refused to let the touts of these arriviste nations, Hindustan and Pakistan, dislodge him from Ada. 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.

He smiled and signed my textbook and then he asked me what have I learnt from adua story. Scribe by Tod Dominey. I will have to look for it.

The author was one of these Saiyids and in this novel he takes us home. To contact Caferati’s editors, please write to editors at caferati dot com. Individual members’ pages may or may not be visible to you depending on the privacy settings they have chosen. I’ve lived in UP, I know those places, I know the people You don’t need to ask permission to quote from posts here, as long as you stay within the normal Fair Use conventions and you link back to the original post.

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

Sounds interesting – and an excellent recommendation! 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. He’d seen a motor car for the first time in Lucknow baon. 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.


Early in the novel Reza tells us that his ancestral home was, strictly speaking, Thekma Bijauli, his paternal grandfather’s village in Azamgarh. So when Reza makes his stand towards the end of the book, he simply ignores India and Pakistan.

I remember one of my earliest meetings with him. All posts are the intellectual property of the original authors, and are reproduced here with permission.

Rahi Saheb had written that story. I took my textbook to him and asked him can he autograph his chapter. A collaboration over too much coffee. Excerpt But the Hakim Sahib climbed once into a train, and the railway climbed into his brain.

He laughed aloud and his laughing face got etched in my memory forever. And I narrated the whole tale. The zdha understanding of complex situations by seemingly simple and innocent village folks. Capturing a difficult idiom. 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. He was particularly fond of my father. It is a classic most definitely. The original is a masterpiece, a tour de force, layered, entertaining and insightful.

July 2, Caferati read-meets zdha local events: I went back home and found him relaxing in the lawn after a sumptuous lunch.