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However, such was the eloquence of this novel that the whole mental structure of Urdu got redefined for me, of what Urdu can be and can contain.

We need judge novels of course by the range of their ambition, but also to the degree that they succeed as novels. This part deserves 5 stars. View all 10 comments. Click here to sign up.


I read some glowing reviews and eagerly downloaded it. Perhaps because its breadth of past years is surprisingly so meaningful in the present.

The epigraph is a significant structural device used by the author in Aag ka Darya. One of the reasons for not using the epigraph could be that Aag ka Darya is a very bulky book of some six hundred and fifty pages while River of Fire is just a novel of four hundred and twenty pages.

I will write my complete review of this book after reading English version of this book. Rather, this is one of those novels about which Steven Moore once quip’d re: The story does not look promising in that part. Trying to resurrect the spirit of Islam in India is a lost cause for me, as we have forgotten the skill to rule as well as severed all links with global Islamic super power of that time. Four men or so, two to three women of various wives, vamps, and girlfriends in the refrigerator, making for HIStory writ large in the manner I have long lost faith in.

An epic saga of time’s merciless onslaught on mankind. Although motivations and imagination are explored throughout, I never found much satisfaction in them. In this case, “The Reader” being ‘me’ informs of one’s linguistic horizons.


The cusp of urdu and brij bhasha is remarkable. Does the world feel fleshed out and fully developed? Unnecessary details, numerable characters which distract reader’s attention from main characters are quite off putting The first half of the novel is really good and deserved to be categorised as ‘classic’.

Unfortunately, as the writer narrates and can be observed, after the partition, these ideals are badly hurt.

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The plot’s very confusing, but for the characters. Is the world engrossing? Aag ka Darya was published in and River of Fire in I found the generous descriptions of daily life and customs in early Hindustan very entertaining and colorful.

See 1 question about River of Fire…. It made me yawn,I don’t have the patience to slog through this one,however wonderful it is supposed to qurgatulain.

Were Muslims unholy intruders who should be treated as such? Lists with This Book.

Starts from the ancient times and ends after the partition of sub-continent. Here, I felt, the story lingered and lost some momentum. Dr Tanzeel rated it really liked it Dec 24, Hope I can some day gather the strength to read hder in Urdu.

Suddenly the smooth description of the progenitor disappears as a myriad of characters suddenly come to the fore, confusing the whole story very badly.

The second one is an exact copy of ‘teri bhi sanam khaney’ which I found tough going as most of the characters were going through their lives without much excitement or action.

Her first hero is a Brahmin barmachariya, who is a talented artist who finds inspiration in a failed romance. The great religion of Islam is qurratylain one of the other great religions to inhibit the great land qurratullain of India.

The ‘river of blood’ is used to string the novel together as the heroes change over time.

Aag Ka Darya / آگ کا دریا

Dec 05, Ayesha rated it liked it Shelves: Hyder wanted her readers of Aag ka Darya to have a cyclic view of life, which is implicit in the epigraph itself. It demanded a great deal of effort to read it in Urdu, for like most forth generations of the post-colonial countries, our attachment with and command over our l If a novel forces you to stop now and then, and consider your own life and it’s extensions and from where it got extended, then there should be no doubt about the eloquent depth of that novel.


Apr 19, Rohan rated it really liked it. What a novel, I cannot believe any Indian Muslim would be capable of writing such literature after growing up in a very conservative, Islami, Zia Ul Haqqi Pakistan. After all, any ideology is perfect, absolute which unfortunately makes it very unachievable as well. I hope not, but that’s not my call to make. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

O voyagers, O Seamen, You who come to port, and whose bodies Will suffer the trial and judgment of the sea, Or whatever event, this is your real destination. Is a man destined to be lonely?

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The content name somehow holds the attention hydeg the reader, which we do not have in the River of Fire.

They search for their place in life, they have youthful dreams that are dashed by political circumstances that while they are a part of are also beyond their control, they wander aimlessly and lost, they make some sense of their life or not, they die. All that said, I’d still recommend this, qqurratulain writing itself is excellent, for me the qkrratulain just fell a bit flat, but there is a lot to discover here, especially if the culture and history is unknown to you.

This qhrratulain how T. The shattering of Partition, which occurs off camera, hangs over the second half of the text like a pall. Its an experience of another level reading this classic. One of the gapes as mentioned is the epigraph itself.

The fanatical idealism gives way to melancholic reality and I guess that’s where I connect