Sunday, 9 February 2020

Review - Future Tense by Nitasha Kaul


Titile - Future Tense

Author - NItasha Kaul

Publisher - Harpercollins India

Pages - 308

BlurbThe son of a former militant, Fayaz is an aimless bureaucrat whose marriage to his wife Zeenat has broken down. His nephew Imran is a young student, a misfit in Srinagar, hoping to join a new kind of spectacular resistance. Shireen, the granddaughter of a spy, discovers how her painful and divisive family story is deeply intertwined with the history of Kashmir. The paths of these characters intersect and diverge in Nitasha Kaul's tour de force novel Future Tense, which traces the competing trajectories of modernity and tradition, freedom and suffocation, and the possibility of bridging the stories of different kinds of Kashmiris.

ReviewFuture Tense by Nitasha Kaul is a novel which revolves around Kashmir and the people of Kashmir.
The author has divided the story into three parts. 
Part One -  What Happened After
Part Two -  What Happened Before
Part Three - What Comes Next
In the first part, you will read about Zeenat and Fayaz. An unhappy married couple, after a few years how Fayaz started to ignore Zeenat. The son of a former militant, Fayaz is an aimless bureaucrat whose marriage to his wife Zeenat has broken down. The bonding between Fayaz and his nephew Imran is damn good just because of the little age difference. How Zeenat came to his father's house when she has broken from inside, and how Zeenat's family member surprised by Zeenat's unexpected arrival, to know what happens with Zeenat's and Fayaz you have to read the book.
In the second part, You will read about Shireen, the granddaughter of a spy discovers how her painful and divisive family story is deeply intertwined with the history of Kashmir. Shireen's parents died when she was a little kid and from that point of time, her grandparents raised her. Later on, she got to know that there is some connection between her and Kashmir just because she is a granddaughter of a spy, to know what happens with Shireen next you have to read the book.
In the third part, you will read about Imraan and his friends Bichor and Rafiq and their life plans. There are something very important things present in this story which I can't disclose here so better you read the book to know more.
The paths of these characters intersect with each other
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The locations mentioned in this book are Kashmir, Leh and Kargil I always wanted to visit these places I am damn sure, everyone's dream is to visit this place like me, The author has done a great job while penning down this book and presenting to readers. 
The author has mentioned various incidents took places in Kashmir in the last few years which we have heard in the news whether it is about JNU, Mujahideen and stone-pelting and slogans of Azadi. How  People living in Kashmir Survive from that. There is a strong connection between title and content of the book.
We can easily connect with the author and can feel what the author tries to tell through her story. Characterization is something which really matters in every story and the author has done a great job in this section. Lastly, I would say that overall author has presented what she wanted to present.

Thank you, HarperCollins India for the copy.


 Ratings

Cover: 4/5
Blurb: 4/5
Plot: 4/5
Overall: 4/5

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About the Author - Nitasha Kaul is a multidisciplinary academic and novelist. She has worked on themes relating to identity, democracy, political economy, feminist and postcolonial critiques, Kashmir, and Bhutan. Her first novel Residue was shortlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize. She lives in London.  




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