Mist In The Valley

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Mohammed Dar and his family found themselves living inside a new and foreign world of violence. Justine Hardy has stayed with the Dar family for many years, reporting on the conflict. She tells their story of living through the destruction of their adored homeland.


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Through their eyes we see the rise of religious fundamentalism and intolerance, the ethnic cleansing of the Hindu population of the valley, and the recruitment of a generation to jihad. And amid the fighting families continue to try and educate their children, find work, and protect their physical and mental well-being, while attempting to build some kind of future beyond the annihilation of their old way of life. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :.

In the Valley of Mist: Kashmir: One Family in a Changing World

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. If there is a paradise on earth, it is definitely here, here and only here," said the early seventeenth-century Mughal Emperor Jehangir when describing the A personal, moving, and vibrant picture of one of the most beautiful and troubled places in the world, described through the experiences of one family, whose fortunes have changed dramatically with those of the region. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. Published June 9th by Free Press first published January 1st More Details Original Title.

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More filters. Sort order. Jul 25, Sadia27 rated it did not like it. I'm going to go against the tide here and say that this book was a far cry from being "well-written. I literally sat through the entire read with a pencil in my hand circling the poor editing job done with this book as I went along. It was hard not to. Every few pages, something kept jumping out at me.

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Hence, reading a fairly short book turned into a tedious task. To my absolute horror, the author credited four people for having edited this book. Clearly, she needed a I'm going to go against the tide here and say that this book was a far cry from being "well-written.

Clearly, she needed a fifth! While one can appreciate the content of the book itself, the writing style was absolutely cringe-worthy. This is definitely one that I won't be recommending to anyone. Feb 15, Greg rated it it was amazing. Justine Hardy and a disclaimer that she is a personal friend has written one of the best ever books to profile the complex, violent Kashmir crisis, but from the vantage of her 12 year relationship with the Dar family, and has skillfully woven together a fascinating and informative read about recent Kashmir, including the massive earthquake which hit Pakistan and India's mountain regions.

I especially enjoyed how she would get older people to lament on the 'good old days' and how she tied Justine Hardy and a disclaimer that she is a personal friend has written one of the best ever books to profile the complex, violent Kashmir crisis, but from the vantage of her 12 year relationship with the Dar family, and has skillfully woven together a fascinating and informative read about recent Kashmir, including the massive earthquake which hit Pakistan and India's mountain regions.

I especially enjoyed how she would get older people to lament on the 'good old days' and how she tied together the cultural nuances of a region little understood by the outside world. Bravo Justine, and can't wait for another books soon! May 25, Zahid rated it it was amazing. This book brought back all my childhood memories of growing up in the Srinagar district of Kashmir valley.

The story of Dar family in the book is as same as other kashmiri families who witnessed the most traumatic and dreadful time. I am still trying to figure out where my childhood went. Justine Hardy has done a great job in w This book brought back all my childhood memories of growing up in the Srinagar district of Kashmir valley.

Justine Hardy has done a great job in writing the book which is full of facts and speaks for Kashmir itself. Feb 14, Abby rated it liked it. This book is a memoir written by a woman, Justine Hardy. It is about her experience spending time is Kashmir. She has spent time in Kashmir off and on since she was a teenager. This memoir takes place in Kashmir.


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Although the author spent a lot of time in Kashmir, most of this memoir is from to The author is very close with the Dar family, mainly Mohammad Dar and his family. When the author is in Kashmir she lives on a houseboat that is owned by the Dar family. Two of his sons are married. He has 2 grandkids. They all live together in a house up on the hill. When a daughter gets married she moves in with the husband and their family.

The author is also close to a man that works for the Dar family. His name is Maqbool.

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Women do not go out in public without a man for a chaperone. The story begins as the author decides to have a pheran made. The pheran is clothing that is worn in Kashmir by both men and women. The pheran is formless, plain, three quarter length part sack and part woolen tunic. The author says that a lot of thought is put in to having a pheran made because you will live in it for the foreseeable future.


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The pherans worn by women are often embroidered at the neckline and cuffs. At one point the pherans were declared illegal garments for men because weapons could be easily hidden within the garment. The men still wore them. The Muslim men have beards. The women cover their hair and at times cover their faces. They also have burqas that they wear in public periodically. In the book the author talks about the conflict in Kashmir and what the fighting has done to the Dar family, the Kashmiris people and the once beautiful valley.

Kashmir wanted its freedom from both India and Pakistan. The Hindus and Muslims celebrated traditions together prior to the struggle for independence. Once fighting started though, the local Muslims were supported by Pakistan. When the strict Muslims took over the area the women lost a lot of their rights and had to start wearing burkas.

At that point religion separated the Kashmir people. Many of the non-Muslim people left the area.

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The Muslims that stayed became more devout. The insurgency caused tourism to disappear and it made it difficult for people to make a living. The conflict also caused people to become depressed. In the fall of Kashmir had a huge earthquake. Over 80, people were killed. The political issues and the corruption caused a delay in getting supplies to the areas that were the hardest hit.

Mohammad and the author worked together to raise money and purchase the supplies for the people that survive the earthquake. I chose this book because I thought that is was going to be about a girl or woman. Although this book is written by a woman, the story is almost all about the men and the conflict in Kashmir. Women are mentioned a few times but the book seemed to be more about the conversations the author has with the men and the effects of the conflict in Kashmir. The author is from England but she never explains why she started to go to Kashmir.

I assumed it was for vacations with her family. She mentions her mother a couple of times but never her father. I also thought the writing difficult to follow. The author jumped from present day to the past and from Kashmir to London.

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I found myself lost and having to reread several times. I also was frustrated by all the different terms and names. I would recommend this book to anyone that is interested in India, Pakistan, Kashmir or history in that region. I did not enjoy this book. I did learn a little about an area that I perviously knew nothing about. It also made me sad that an area that was once peaceful and beautiful is now full of fear and destruction. View 1 comment. Oct 04, Prasan Kaikini rated it really liked it.

The story of the Kashmir insurgency told thru the eyes of the ordinary people. Justine Hardy is a British journalist who has been going to Kashmir since she was a child, through the worst periods of the insurgency in the early 's and well into the 's. Although the political events that have led to Kashmir's current status are briefly mentioned, this is not a historical analysis of the causes of the conflict. It is a people's story, a collection of anecdotes mainly of an extended Muslim m The story of the Kashmir insurgency told thru the eyes of the ordinary people.

It is a people's story, a collection of anecdotes mainly of an extended Muslim merchant family. I fully expected the book to be a rant against the human rights abuses of the Indian military and Government.



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