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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 26 January 2011
Was bit diappointed being kashmiri I found author has focused only on militancy and not much has been mentioned about the attrocities and brutality commited by Indian forces on ordinary kashmiri people.The book is a typical western view of trying to link every struggle by Muslims in world to Islamic terrorism.Author even though have spend long time in kashmir appears biased to me .Curfewed night is much better book on kashmir than this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 May 2010
My first book by Justine Hardy and it won't be the last. Her evocative descriptions of the beauty of Kashmir's landscape and her depth of understanding of the people and the current conflict is quite wonderful. I was deeply inspired by my visit there just before the tragedy of the present conflict, and this is the book which best sums up the current situation and the effect on the individuals involved. For instance her sensitive portrayal of how girls in school stopped wearing bright colours and headscarves, then wore black burkhas as the Muslim hardliners gained hold and finally stopped going to school altogether. As she points out women in education are often the first casualities of conflict. Justine's portrayals offer many reasons as to why, perhaps, we should go back there and suggestions as to how we can help. I also write about Kashmir in my book Travelling Magically: How to Turn Your Journey into a Life-changing Experience
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 4 July 2009
This is an extraordinary book, one that takes you deep inside a terrible conflict and shows how it affects real people - individuals and communities - over time. It's a fascinating, deeply moving work that a gives a human face to war without taking sides. It testifies to both the strength of the human spirit and the depths to which it can sink.
The author has personally witnessed the transformation of a local rebellion into a jihadist insurgency and international flashpoint. And you will learn more from 'In the Valley of Mist" about fundamentalism, about the way young men and women are recruited by militants, about oppression, torture and corruption in South Asia, than in years of reading newspapers, journals or books by so-called experts who lack real on-the-ground experience.
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on 28 April 2010
I found this book a very sad and difficult read. I cannot recommend it highly enough. I felt I was there sharing the author's sorrow and pain at what has happened to Kashmir and Srinagar over the past 20+ years. I was in Srinagar on holiday in 1988 (before the valley exploded)and remember vividly my days on the lake and around the city followed by an overland journey to Leh.

I live in Northern Ireland so there are therefore two reasons why I felt I could understand something of what has been lost for ever in Kashmir. I hope that the absence of war will bring some measure of stability to the valley but once lost I doubt that the peace of the past can ever be recovered.
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on 16 July 2015
Fabulous . A lovely sympathetic and gripping read on the issues and the condition of the valley . Under her hands the valley is beautifully lit and highlighted its flaws exposed but gently and its beauty explored lovingly . An exquisite introduction to Kashmir . Anyone who has been / wants to go or has heard about this region must read this as a primer . Had I read this before I went I would have avoided some stupid comments I made when there .
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 7 July 2009
Ms. Hardy does an outstanding job in describing contemporary Kashmir, more so than any news reporting service. The blame for the current situation is divided between India and Pakistan, making them equally guilty of transgressions. I particularly liked the fact that she had no real solutions to the problems facing the populace. I am very fortunate to have visited Kashmir just prior to the escalation in the conflict and wonder about the owner of the houseboat on which I stayed, but there is no way for me to inquire.
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on 7 February 2013
This is another gem from Justine Hardy. I couldn't put this book down until I had finished it. Besides being a lovely book, Justine also gives real insight into the conflict in Kashmir.
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on 10 September 2013
Not finished it yet but found it very informative before my kashmir visit and pleased purchased.
Excellent insight into experience of someone from uk as well as people living there.
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on 3 September 2013
very accessible introduction to what is a very complex historical and ongoing situation. A good primer for anyone looking to understand Kashmir
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on 16 December 2013
Anybody want to know more about the current conflict and real lives of people in Kashmir - this is well worth reading.
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