THIS REVIEW IS FOR 'JHEEL KINARE AUR DOOSRE AFSAANE' which I have accidentally written under the reviews for 'GHAAO AUR DOOSRE AFSAANE'THE REVIEW FOR THAT WILL FOLLOW SHORTLY.
First of all, I was very glad to find an Urdu writer on Kindle.Secondly,I was a little disappointed that there were not more.Because I am sure where there is mr saleem there'll be others as well.Back to the book.
I am glad i downloaded it and read it because this collection reminded me of the greats of Urdu.People like manto,krishan chander,rajinder singh bedi.there actually was real fire in the stories of mr saleem.The stories are all told with a scientist's precision of detail.
the story about literature and books being read being a past culture,slowly disappearing,touched me a lot.And the stories about the three sons of the widower really took you into the heart of the loneliness faced by those elderly who have done well for themselves but whose grown up children have disappointed them.
Similarly the story about the lonely school teacher also had a great effect.I found that the evocation of the various phases of rural and urban life were just exquisite and tender.there was great colour in mr saleem's descriptions,both of people and situations and also a certain ethos of the atmosphere of Time.There seems to be a great preoccupation with time gone,time present and time to come.Each is portrayed in a canvas of the painter's brush with masterly strokes of definition.
However,the crowning glory of this collection 'JHEEL KINARE' is the novella about the two brothers and the prostitute.It is a masterly stroke of genius.the conversations between the brothers and the girl all remind one of three people helplessly on a course of heartbreak and despair,but without the additional benefits of creative and worldly wise experience for one.
THIS REVIEW HAS BEEN MISTAKENLY WRITTEN UNDER THE HEADING OF 'GHAAO AUR DOOSRAE AFSAANEY' whereas in effect it is about 'JHEEL KINARE AUR DOOSRE AFSAANE'.' Ghaao aur doosre afsaane' has already been downloaded and ready to be read.i will keep posting as and when i have read more of the wonderful mr qaiser saleem.
To sum up.What a great collection of stories in the native urdu text and how i wish there were more of us writing in urdu on the kindle.Please please mr saleem put up all your work on instant download on kindle,nook as well maybe, but this literature needs to be read.The coming generation of urdu writers, and the present ones like myself,NEED these stories and these literary conventions that u r a master of.
BRAVO!And THANK YOU! for being the writer that you are.I want to download all your stuff.
To all urdu literature fans,I say PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE read these stories.U will not be disappointed ******FIVE STARSIrreverent Natter- A collection of poems from my 30sAfterthoughts - The Works So Far (The Collected Works)Lost Time Memories- Reflections From YouthPoetry E Motion - Celebrations of Life