Meet Kashmiri Journalist and Author, Basharat Peer
Sunday, 8th Feb 2009 | 8:00 pm
Basharat Peer was a teenager when the separatist movement exploded in Kashmir in 1989. Over the following years, countless young men, seduced by the romance of the militant, fuelled by feelings of injustice, crossed over the Line of Control to train in Pakistani army camps. Peer was sent off to boarding school in Aligarh to keep out of trouble. He finished college and became a journalist in Delhi. But Kashmir – angrier, more violent, more hopeless – was never far away.
In 2003, the young journalist left his job and returned to his homeland to search out the stories and the people which had haunted him. In Curfewed Night he draws a harrowing portrait of Kashmir and its people. Here are stories of a young man’s initiation into a Pakistani training camp; a mother who watches her son forced to hold an exploding bomb; a poet who finds religion when his entire family is killed. Of politicians living in refurbished torture chambers and former militants dreaming of discotheques; of idyllic villages rigged with landmines, temples which have become army bunkers, and ancient sufi shrines decapitated in bomb blasts. And here is finally the old story of the return home – and the discovery that there may not be any redemption in it.
Lyrical, spare, gutwrenching and intimate, Curfewed Night is a powerful and intensely moving debut.
‘Beautifully written, brutally honest and deeply hurtful.’ Khushwant Singh.
Curfewed Night will be available at T2F’s Bookshop and Basharat Peer will sign copies after the reading.
Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.