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Lists with This Book. Jun 13, Zarish Fatima rated it really liked it. It took me a while to finish this book. Bought it sometime last year. The reason, I bought it was because in 9th grade Urdu text book we had a chapter from this novel. I really liked that chapter. I actually liked most of the chapters mainly because I have a lot of respect for all old age Urdu writers.

P Khadija Mastoor is also sort of regarded as one of the first feminist minded writers of the Era i read that somewhere not sure where: But after reading this novel i It took me a while to finish this book.

But after reading this novel i pretty sure its true, though her sense of individual independence in no way undermines the classical duty of a south Asian daughter to her family, old fashioned lady some might say. Now this novel is really different in way of speaking. It is set in the time period 12 years before the independence of subcontinent from British Raj rule.

The thing that makes this novel interesting is that its not about the freedom fighters or the politicians who sacrificed their lives for the freedom. Khaija is about the families of those men, their children, their wives, the households that were ignored and were the silent sacrifice.

The people who really could not bring themselves to care if the subcontinent was freed or not. Whose lives were bound in the 4 walls of their houses. The children who grew without the supervision of a father, whose father were out saving the mother land.

Its the story of narrow-minded cultural practices which were mostly pushed by khadoja of the family, the senseless and hypocritical nature of them and how these made up cultural taboos took lives and nobody even in their madtoor felt sorry for what they have done.

Aangan / آنگن by Khadija Mastoor

kkhadija This is the story of world of women of that time period. Their aristocracy which inspired suffering, their suffering which inspired no one. Its not a story of just victims but of those they victimized.

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Apr 05, Kamran rated it really liked it Shelves: Dec 23, Shabana Mukhtar rated it it was amazing. There is a reason I don’t read much of Urdu literature – It breaks my heart. This book is around the struggle of independence, the political tussle within a household, poverty, love, heartbreak.

I have a lot of favourite quotes, that I will upload soon. One of them, that is bound to stay with me for a long time. View all 4 comments. Sara Saif Shabana wrote: My th post and I am glad that’s it’s a review of one of the finest books I have read this year. Read on to hear my thoughts about it.

I can see why.

This book is a literary masterpiece. Very delicately translated by Daisy Rockwell. It also puts light on the political fur My th post and I am glad that’s it’s a review of one of the finest books I have read this year. It also puts light on the political furore that went within the country during those times. She is tired of the trifle squabbles that take place in her khadij everyday. She longs to educate herself and spread her wings in the wide sky. The women of the household are engrossed in gossips and picking fights over events in the past.

Aliya keeps herself busy in her books and studies and dreams of a free life one day and that forms the rest of khafija story. I khadijw how the book had a feminist tone, which was very ahead of its time. It was a very difficult review to write as I had so many thoughts while reading it. Overall this is a masterpiece and I finished it in two days. Full review on the blog. Jan 24, Masooma Batool rated it masotor it. Touched me but I didn’t like the end.

Khadija Mastoor

She has put unbearable grief, pain and sufffering with one girl which is not natural! I dont like that part otherwise rest is fine.

View all 3 comments. Mar 12, Atta Wadood Afd rated it really liked it. View all 5 comments. Taqweem Very bad Dec 27, Dec 09, Hassan Ali rated it really liked it. You can not leave this book half once you have started kyadija it! Khadijah Mastur at her best. Jul 29, Palwasha Rehman rated it liked it Shelves: A book should not teach others to be paranoid and scared of falling in love.

Nonetheless,its brilliantly written,even if I don’t agree with the concept! View all 9 comments. Dec 27, S. Z rated it really liked it Shelves: Did u like it? Z Yeah, I watched the drama.

I loved this novel. Mastior is elegant, poignant and utterly unputdownable. But she is all but cut off from an outside world with its endless possibility for one who dreams of self — sufficiency, and left to keep her hopes alive amidst the broken dreams and carnage of conflicting ideologies evidenced by her extended family. The protected environment she has grown up in proves insufficient to the task of shielding her from the trauma mwstoor losing her beloved elder sister Tehmina and dear friend, Kusum to suicide when they invest too heavily in the possibility of heady love and romance in the otherwise arid landscape of their lives only to be left utterly devastated.

These episodes leave her with no faith where romance is concerned, especially since she is also an appalled witness to the marriages of her mother and aunt, to men who are more wedded to their politics. Aliya mashoor horrified by both the anger and pettiness of her mother as well as the emotional ruin her aunt is. Yet, with a wisdom that belies her years, she is filled with compassion, has a reservoir of good sense and never ceases mastood care for her tormented loved ones, choosing to learn from their mistakes while teaching herself to shield herself from the pain wrought by irredeemably bad judgement.


Interestingly enough in this cloistered space, reserved for women, men who are related by blood seem to have right of access and given a surprisingly free hand to romance, stalk, molest or manipulate their cousins.

There is Safdar, who loved Tehmina khaija death, Shakeel who has little mwstoor about stealing from his cousins, and Jameel who refuses to take no for an answer. Love triangles are usually tedious affairs but the prickly one between Aliya, Chammi and Jameel is beautifully realized.

The book is radically ahead of its time in giving us a heroine who adamantly sticks to her guns when it comes to resisting patriarchy even when enforcers pressure her with the prospects of love and marriage, which Aliya realizes are both likely to entrap her more surely than the chains she ohadija been struggling against all her life.


A magnificent book that depicts the bitter battles women fight, far from the battlefield. Has to be the first classic that chugged with such vigor. I couldn’t stop reading it, or thinking about it when I wasn’t reading it. The characters, their lives, the atmosphere, all of it kept mzstoor to me.

Even though the story plowed through the dullest part of the independence, and you could practically feel the character’s khadjja with the stagnancy of their courtyard as the whole political uproar happened, the story had this way of unfolding that kept me wanting for more, kept 4. Even though the story plowed through the dullest part of the independence, and you could practically feel the character’s boredom with the stagnancy of their courtyard as the whole political uproar happened, the story had this way of unfolding that kept me wanting for more, kept me wishing kastoor see it through.

This book is about a family that got mxstoor during the political unrest that started around the s in British-ruled-Hindustan. The male cast of the character had a different political view and agenda each.

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One believed in a two nation’s theory, another just wanted to get rid of the British-Raj, then there was a character female who believed that keeping British rule was the best way of surviving.

So all of that differing opinions, all of that uncertainty, in a single household. That too, in the shadow of a long history of being elites then suddenly turning poor because of a recently failed independence movement.