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The most important novel of twentieth-century Urdu fiction. First published inAag ka Darya encompasses the fates of four recurring characters over two and a half millennia: In different eras different relations form and reform among the four: Inter The most important novel of twentieth-century Urdu fiction.

Interweaving parables, legends, dreams, diaries, and letters, Hyder’s prose is lyrical and witty. And she argues for a culture that is inclusive: Aag ka Darya is a book that questions the relevance of religion in defining Indian identity. Reviews for the English bt A glorious tapestry of India’s history Hers is one of the most daeiya Indian voices of the twentieth century. Hardcoverpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Elliot, she used in the beginning? Lists with This Book. Feb 11, Sundus HameedUllah Khan rated it it was amazing. View all 10 comments. Nov 13, Wsm added it Shelves: I read some glowing reviews and eagerly downloaded it. It made me yawn,I don’t have the patience to slog through this one,however wonderful it is supposed to be.

Aug 26, Tariq Mahmood rated it liked it Shelves: 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.

No wonder Quratulain Hyder left Pakistan to settle back in India. The novel starts from yeas ago, in the time when Alexander the great and Darius third were fighting it out. Her first hero is a Brahmin barmachariya, who is a talented artist who finds inspiration in a failed romance. The next hero is a Muslim soldier katib, the j 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.

The next hero is a Muslim soldier katib, the jumping a couple of thousand years who is looking to document the history of the land they have become masters off, but are completely frustrated by the lack of any written records of history.

History does not seem to be very important with the local people, who only seem to be occupied with accepting all vagaries of life, all masters, abhorring conflict, content to spend their lives in trying to find the meaning of life. Raised the very important question for me, what have gained by severing ties with India?

How can we forget our forefathers and their efforts? Creating nations based on ideology has put us in a constant state of unrest. After all, any ideology is perfect, absolute which unfortunately makes it very unachievable as well. The great religion of Islam is just one of the other great religions to inhibit the great land mass of India.


It has had its peak, but also its low with the British taking away all its glory. 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. What is the use of harping about unity of a weak and miskeen Ummah?

We are a nation without a nation, flying in the air without a base to return to. How long can we fly aimlessly? The ‘river of blood’ is used to string the novel together as the heroes change over time.

The third progenitor is an English who comes to India with the famous East India Company to make a fortune. But the next change in scenario winds to the all familiar Lucknow which is Qurat’s specialty. Suddenly the smooth description of the progenitor disappears as a myriad of characters suddenly come to the fore, confusing the whole story very badly. I can understand why Qurat could have messed this bit up as this was her own era so she was capable of presenting a lot more but this change in style is very confusing for the reader.

It is two novels in one.

Aag Ka Darya / آگ کا دریا

The first one is brilliant followed by longish one set in the elitist circles of ‘s Lucknow. 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. The cultured girls qurtatulain Lucknow seem to be in hot demand of eligible bachelors the world over. The music, the culture, the dance the political awareness is above everyone else in all of India, especially the Punjabis who in contrast are are great spoilers of culture, who nyder nothing in front of Luckow wallas.

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The second bit of the novel has brought the rating down to 3 stars. Apr 30, Abubakar Mehdi rated it did not like it.

It is written much in the tradition of historical novel, where we see different characters in different eras within the timeline of years. It explores the ancient cultural heritage of the Indian subcontinent, and how the past is linked to the present. Existentialism awg an ever present theme in almost all the stories.

The characters here are grappling with questions like Existence of God, purpose of life and identity. Little did I know that I was in for a huge disappointment. While many people praise it for the scope of its motifs and the hyver of its characterization, I failed too see how any of this is true. The chapters are divided in no particular order. A story is starts off randomly and is left unfinished.

I tried very hard to understand where the author was going with this but found qurrztulain reading multiple storylines and none of them made sense.

The dialogue, the narration and the characters, all of which have brief moments of brilliance, ended up sounding like pointless banter. Dec 19, Athar Ali rated it it was daeiya. The first time I read it, I was not fully equipped to get the hyer of it.


Not that I consider myself fully equipped cariya, but at least I get a fair idea why Haider is considered to belong to the breed of Marquez, Saramago and Pamuk by so many critics of Urdu literature. A superb masterpiece which should be read by all from the subcontinent and those who wish to make sense of various crisscrossing currents of history, society and religion.

Without any biases, I consider it far superior than One The first time I read it, Ma was not fully equipped to get the extent of it. Without any biases, I consider it far superior than One Hundred Years of Solitude with which it is compared so often. Perhaps because its breadth of past years is surprisingly so meaningful in the present. I consider the letter by one of the protagonists of novel in last section as the one of the best description of Pakistan ever written.

Oct 24, Maheen Zaahra rated it it was amazing.

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Mar 23, Imran rated it really liked it Shelves: The first half of the novel is really good and deserved to be categorised as ‘classic’. Its a well documented history of evolution of Indian society, religious thought process and melting of cultures into each other. This part deserves 5 stars. The second half where story reaches s Lucknow and then partition of India, it gets boring, especially when characters reach England.

Unnecessary details, numerable characters which distract reader’s attention from main characters are quite off putting The first half qurrayulain the novel is really good and deserved to be categorised as ‘classic’.

Unnecessary details, numerable characters which distract reader’s attention from main characters are quite off putting. The story does not look promising in that part. The style and incidents are quite similar qurrathlain that of Ismat Chughtai’s ‘TeRhi Lakeer’ which is of course not one of best works of Chugtai. If second half of the book, which covers around pages of the book was properly editedit would have saved the whole book. Feb 06, Hasan Raaz rated it it was amazing Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

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Aag KA Daryaarguably, the best novel ever written in urdu literaurethe story spans over the period of thousand years, i have reads Qurat ul ain for the 1st time and my dearthe splendid knowledge the lady has is just phenomenal. Its an experience of another level reading this classic. Starts from the ancient times and ends after the partition of sub-continent. This novel revolves around the basic ideals of humanity which are peace hyded identity.

Characters are looking for peace and a recognition of sag individual identity. Unfortunately, as the writer narrates and can be observed, after the qkrratulain, these ideals are badly hurt. Nov 11, Rizwan rated it it was ok. Beyond my capacity i can say that. Very complex novel very difficult to digest it wholly. I’m disappointed with it. Mar 12, Taloot S.