Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Book Review: Adhoori Parwaz by Syed Husnain Haider

I have been trying to get my hands on this new Urdu novel written by Syed Husnain Haider. Its not available in Jhelum. Will definitely buy it on my next trip to Lahore. I have found a nice review of the book from internet.

"It was said that the plane bomb attacks at New York’s twin towers on 11th September 2001 would change the world entirely. Later it was proved that the 9/11 has not only changed the world but also gave birth to an unending hatred of the Americans against the Muslims but particularly Pakistanis-though surprisingly none of the 9/11 attackers was a Pakistani. It goes without saying that these are the people of Pakistan who unfortunately have born the repercussions of the 9/11 attacks. Pakistanis have become victim to the hatred of not only common Americans but also they are facing the discriminatory policies of the American policy makers. In the past nine years this hatred and discrimination have infiltrated to other European countries. You have seen how Pakistanis are being treated in Spain, France and London. Sometimes hatred against Muslims takes the Western law enforcing agencies to make serious mistakes by nabbing innocent Pakistanis and ultimately destroying their lives for ever just because they are Muslims and Pakistanis.
“Adhoori Parwaz” has been written in the context of 9/11 and the difficulties faced by the Muslims particularly Pakistanis in the US. The story is simple and easy to understand- the story of a young Pakistani who lands in America having several unfulfilled dreams but unfortunately fell victims to a grim conspiracy that makes his life a living hell. The novel’s ingredients are fictional but incredibly its taste is real. You can not help finishing it in just one sitting once you start its first page.
Author Sayed Hussnan Hayder has beautifully depicted the adventures faced by the Pakistani young man who is running away from the US Law Enforcing Agencies. The beauty of this novel not only shines through its story but also the way the writer has portrayed the landscape and customs of different nations.
It is a multi-dimensional story which is full of action, suspense, thrill and adventure. You feel like watching a Hollywood movie while going through this novel. It is a lengthy novel but the writer has strong grip at every line of it. You don’t feel boredom or monotony at any place. Let me say it is a novel which starts, continues and ends at the same pace and like every beautiful peace of literature you feel yourself still thirsty when you finish the last page.
Last but not the least, this novel is an eye opener for a common man to know how politicians and the media change the minds of the people through constant venomous propaganda just for the sake of their own vested interests. For a common man it will be interesting to know that what an extremist religious figure is doing in Pakistan is being reciprocated by the media and politicians in the West. Both want execution of the opponent. If a Molvi raises the slogan an America free world the Western media and its politicians believe Muslims are the worst enemies of the civilized world. The common people of the entire world will have to understand that only they, not their governments, can assure durable peace on earth by coming forward and joining hands with one another. The unity among the human beings, which is sometime broken by politicians and sometime by the extremists, must remain intact. The common people of the world need to understand that their interests and goals are the same and that they have to live together (Muslims and non-Muslims) because their destiny is the same.
This is a worth-reading novel and I would strongly recommend it. If you want to share the plight of an innocent Pakistani in America, then this novel is for you. Just go for it. You will say wah…wah…kaya kamal ki kahani hai."

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