In the Valley of Mist: Kashmir: One Family In A Changing World - eBook  -     By: Justine Hardy
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Free Press / 2009 / ePub

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Free Press
Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 9781439127841
ISBN-13: 9781439127841

Publisher's Description

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.

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 Kashmir Valley. But for nearly twenty years this delicate mountain region has been torn by a brutal conflict that has pitched idealism against Islamist militancy and military crackdown. In the tradition of Ryszard Kapuscinski, this is an intimate story told by the author, journalist, and aid worker Justine Hardy. Having lived and worked in Kashmir for many years, she draws the reader beyond the headlines into the world of In the Valley of Mist. A family portrait, the book describes a unique and gentle culture that has been shattered by the impact of insurgency, repression, and Islamic extremism in a place once famous for the warmth between its Hindu and Muslim residents.

"If you want people to know do not tell stories that will make them hold their breath like in a made-up film. Tell them the truth. It is strong enough," she was told when she asked permission of her Kashmiri friends to tell this story.

Revealing and disturbing, In the Valley of Mist paints Kashmir as the template for the changing face of Islam.

Author Bio

Justine Hardy currently writes for The Financial Times. She is the author of The Ochre Border, Scoop-Wallah, Goat, Bollywood Boy, and The Wonder House. She divides her time between London and Kashmir.

Publisher's Weekly

Hardy (The Wonder House) draws on her 12-year relationship with the Dar family to recount the story of modern-day Kashmir—part pastoral idyll, part war zone. Hardy writes, “There is no single casualty of war, no one noun that sums up what has been lost,” and she paints a moving portrait of the ravaged communities and landscape, weaving in analysis of how the political machinations of Pakistan and India have quelled or intensified the conflict. She contrasts the sleepy valley she encountered decades ago to the Dar family’s Kashmir, which has witnessed the 1989 uprisings and strikes, martial law, deadly “encounter killings,” mass migrations of Pandits (Kashmiri Hindus), increasing religious orthodoxy and the widespread disruption of education, health care, economic prosperity and family and social life. Hardy’s deep familiarity with the region—she has reported on the Kashmir conflict for close to 20 years—allows her to present complicated and conflicting points of view from reformed jihadists, Indian generals, Pandit refugees and various members of the Dar family. Her reporting is admirable and gilded by lyrical prose and evocative description. (June) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

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