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Hardcover  ✓ نولکھی کوٹھی MOBI Ê خلاف توقع کافی اچھا لکھا ہے ہمارے دیسی پولیمیتھ صاحب نے۔ پڑھتے ہوئے بلونت سنگھ کی یاد تازہ ہوگئی۔ناول ضلع فیروزپور کے دیہات اور انگریز بیوروکریسی کے پس منظر میں لکھا گیا ہے جو انگریز سول سروس، مقامی وڈیروں کی غنڈہ گردی، تقسیم کے وقت کے فسادات، مہاجرت اور قیام پاکستان کے بعد سول سروس کی بتدریج تنزلی کے گرد گھومتا رہتا ہے۔بنیادی طور پر کہانی کو انگریز کمشنر ولیم کی سوانح کہہ لیں جو بھلا مانس ہندوستان کو غلام نہیں اپنی مٹی سمجھنے لگتا اور کمشنر بن کر انگریز حکمرانی کے روایتی اصولوں سے روگردانی کرنے لگتا ہے اور جس پر انگریز سرکار کے عتاب کا شکار بھی ہوتا رہتا ہے۔ آزادی کے بعد پاکستان چھوڑ کر جانے سے انکار کردیتا ہے اور پھر اس کا 'سواد' بھی پاتا ہے۔ ولیم کے بڑھاپے اور موت تک کے واقعات ملکی افسر شاہی کا مکروہ مگر سچا چہرہ عیاں کرتے ہیں کہ کس طرح عوام کی بجائے تمام کارِ سرکار محض اپنی ذات، انا اور ذاتی ترقی کے گرد گھومتا رہتا ہے اور بے بس انسان مزید بے بسی کے جال میں پھنستا جاتا ہے۔ناول کے دیگر کرداروں میں البتہ کوئی خاص جاذبیت محسوس نہیں ہوئی اور شاید پہلا ناول پڑھا ہوگا جس میں بس ہیرو ہی ہیرو ہیں، ہیروئن کوئی نہیں۔ تحریر لکھنے کا انداز رواں اور منظر نگاری بھی کافی پسند آئی۔اگر ناطق صاحب متنازعہ انٹرویوز اور سستی شہرت کی بجائے ایسا ہی پاپولر فکشن لکھتے رہیں تو ادب میں اچھا نام بنا لیں گے۔پس نوشت: کتاب عزیزم نوید مسیح کا تحفہ ہے جس پر ان کا ڈھیروں شکریہ۔ Well written considering its the first novel by the writer.Some interesting observations about the mechanism how British Bureaucracy treated people in subcontinent and how these traditions are still being followed in independent Pakistan (in fact the situation became worst over the period).Characters wise, all the local characters sounds like from a Punjabi gujjar movie, except for one powerful character, Molvi Karamat His transformation from a molvi who was against modern education to a teacher at a missionary school and then preaching for modern education based on Prophet's ahadees ordering to go to China for getting knowledge was a well written part of the novel.The character I liked most is William, an English man who was born and brought up in united India and served as Deputy Commissioner in different areas of united Punjab before partition and denied to leave Pakistan as he couldn't find any attachment with England. ناطق کےاس ناول کو ادارہ انڈیپنڈنٹ نے پچھلے عشرہ میں لکھے گئے دس اچھے ناولز میں شمار کیا ان کہ دو ناولز پہلے پڑھ چکا تھا مذکورہ ناول کے اچھے ہونے کی خبر انڈیپنڈنٹ نے کردی سو پڑھا اور پڑھتا چلا گیا کہانی ضلع فیروز پور کی تحصیل جلال آباد کے کمشنر ولیم جو کہ سول سرونٹ ہے پرگھومتی ہے اور ساتھ ہی مقامی زمینداروں کی غنڈہ گردی، تقسیم کے وقت کے فسادات، نو آبادیاتی سسٹم کی خرابیاں، لوگوں کے بدلتے رویے اور افسر شاہی کے مکروہ چہرہ کو دِکھاتی ہے.اس ناول کے بارے میں یہ بھی کہا جاتا ہے کہ اسے غیرضروری طور پر طویل کیا گیا ہے. Here is the link to my detailed review of the novel which was published in The Friday Timeshttps://www.thefridaytimes.com/romancThe text is reproduced below.Set in canal colonies of the Punjab, Ali Akbar Natiq’s much anticipated debut novel ‘NouLakhi Kothi’ is as enticingly rich and multifaceted as the land that he is so unabashedly in love with.Natiq has already made his mark as a poet of vibrant images, enigmatic metaphors, a brooding sense of history and metaphysical explorations His two anthologies of poetry ‘Baiyaqeen Bastioon Mein’ (2010) and ‘Yaqoot Kai Warq’ (2013) provide ample testimony His haunting series of poems ‘SafeereLaila’ portray the cyclical vagaries of time and civilizational rise and decline that at times remind one of N M Rashid’s masterpiece ‘Hasan Koozagar’ but are nevertheless enthrallingly original That he is an immaculate observer and highly gifted capturer of the geographical and cultural topography of Punjab has already come to light in ‘Qaim Din’ (2012) – his wonderful volume of short stories In NouLakhi Kothi Natiq draws on his poetic prose and deep intimacy with the land and people of Punjab to craft a compelling tale of enmity, revenge, social mobility, opportunism, past glory and lost grandeur.Under the British Raj Punjab witnessed wide scale technological changes and unique social engineering The new hydraulic economy of the canal colonies led to displacement of riverine tribes as well as mass migration and resettlement of agricultural people from elsewhere in the province to cultivate the new and rich canal fed tracts in Western Punjab Colonial perceptions of the diversity and differences of local traits and varying potential for loyalty and its consequent patterns of patronage led to the administrative and legislative consolidation of the highly problematic binaries of agrarian and nonagrarian castes, martial and nonmartial races, and criminal and noncriminal tribes.Meanwhile, colonial systems of administration and instruments of formal justice endeavored to entrench themselves Rescuing disputants from the at times exploitative dynamics of indigenous dispute resolution systems, the colonial thana, court, and kachehri assumed a central role as arbiters of disputes and symbols of the naya qanoon as well as favorite new arenas for further embroilment and perpetuation of such disputes, frequent coercive use of the law and the reconfigured leveraging of local influence and power The commodification, titling and consequent facility in the transfer of land, the erosion of multiple conventional and informal communitarian claims on its produce, and the tussle between indigenous money lending and modern state backed credit further impacted village economies, rural power dynamics and social relationships Punjab also became pivotal, not just as a bread basket, but as the primary breeding ground of fighting troops This necessitated further carving out of enclaves of privilege for loyal landlords – active and absentee; traditional local notables and the nouveau riche as well as retired military officers – and additional uses of land in service of military imperatives and avarice Land alienation powers and reward of arable land were thus central to the colonial incentive structures envisioned to build and sustain the Raj in the decades following 1857.Against the backdrop of these major upheavals and reconfigurations, Natiq’s novel is primarily set in the decades immediately preceding Indian independence The protagonists face a foreseeable future that could not be in greater contrast For William who is sailing to India to take up appointment as an officer of the Indian Civil Service, it is the legacy of an illustrious family that has ruled the land for generations City bred and educated, Ghulam Haider, meanwhile, is returning to his vast village fiefdom in the wake of his father’s sudden death, and finds himself surrounded by armed loyalists and family retainers fearful of an attempt on his life from arch enemies of his father Maulvi Karamat, on the other hand, is the imam of a tiny and decrepit village mosque, for whom the difference between survival and penury is the largesse of chapatis that his son Fazal Din collects daily from the homesteads – in lieu of frequent free labor and running of chores, apart from his father’s ritualistic services – which are then sold every month in a nearby market to keep the family afloat.Events overtake them and intertwine their lives in important, inextricable ways over the next several years William harbors strong and paradoxical emotions for the land – reminiscent of Kipling in certain ways – where he grew up and to which he relates deeply Of a romantic bent and zealous about introducing various reforms he finds himself posted as an Assistant Commissioner in an arid tehsil in district Firozpur in east Punjab There he comes face to face with the inertia of the vast clerkdom that thrives in the bureaucratic culture, the revenue extraction monomania of his higher officials, race and class as the great dividers of people, widespread native alienation from colonial forms of governance and justice, the misery of poverty, and the eversimmering religious communal divides that threaten to develop into larger conflicts William adores the land, even if he looks upon most of its inhabitants as crude and inferior – though at times he also appears muchamenable to pulling down the walls between the rulers and the ruled than thepukka sahibs He wants to see the landscape prosperous and lush with crops and groves, as much to benefit locals and to boost revenues as to assuage his aesthetic sensibilities Meanwhile, Ghulam Haider finds himself besieged by Sardar Sodha Singh and his clan and allies who want to settle old scores with his father Sher Haider At the same time, Maulvi Karamat stumbles upon career enhancement possibilities that promise an escape from his life of destitution but also pose ideological difficulties as well as challenges of personal reinvention Thus embarks a tight and riveting story that explores life in late colonial Punjab from multiple and very different vantage points.[quote]There have seldom been such vivid rural descriptions since the dreamlike short stories of Balwant Singh[/quote]Natiq skillfully weaves a narrative which is realistic, probing and reflective At the heart of the novel is the genesis of a quintessential Punjabi village dispute and its deterioration into a bloody conflict with religious overtones as well as complex underpinnings forged by the contradictions between colonial modes of justice and law enforcement and local customary norms and cultural practices Formal law’s coercive potential, the resilient leverage of social status and communal and governmental networks, and the parallel functioning of colluding as well as conflicting systems of authorities provide fascinating subthemes The novel deconstructs the juggernaut of the colonial legalbureaucratic machine into its individual cogs and wheels and pervading mood, offering delightful vignettes about the pomposity of the gora sahib (and even greater pomposity of the memsahib) as well as the resentful servility of the native cronies and underlings At the same time, Natiq’s forte is his savory and multitiered description – whether of traditional haveli architecture (his reservoir of local construction terms seems inexhaustible) or the contours and features of the landscape of Eastern and Central Punjab (which he paints with the evocativeness of a gifted impressionist) Despite his stark realism, the poet Natiq also makes several appearances, further augmenting the appeal of his prose This is when his fascination for the romance of the land takes over and he lovingly describes the glorious vistas, trees, crop fields, waterscapes, lights and shades, and the shifting seasons This reviewer has seldom come across such vivid rural descriptions since the dreamlike short stories of Balwant Singh with their nocturnal paintings of chivalrous Punjabi bandits riding in the long, moonlit summer nights, or the thrilling hunting escapades set in the rugged mystery lands of the gorgeous Potohar plateau by Sabir Hussain Rajput.Yet, while romancing the Punjab – his favorite muse, Natiq does not allow it to distract him from his essential task of storytelling, and of telling a story that is ultimately dark and brutal The novel’s mood gets progressively bleak, and at times sardonic, as the partition of India approaches – as the culture of pillage and the political economy of evacuee properties take root, while millions languish and die or find themselves bewildered by the sudden loss of past lives and cherished landscapes In its postpartition sections a deep melancholy and nostalgia imbue the narrative as Natiq’s characters endeavor to come to grips with new boundaries and classifications William’s character, in particular, adopts a highly memorable pathos and resonance.Natiq’s earlier works have demonstrated his great agility with words for not just conveying ideas and insights but also for recreating special moods and particular ways of living Once again his language is a treat to read as he brings forth distinctive Sikh and Muslim rural dialects and often employs a combination of Punjabi and Urdu to promote a hybrid idiom that is better suited to capture the nuances of Punjabi culture and speech A deep empathy for the insignificant, the ignored, and the disempowered resonates throughout but on the whole Natiq retains literary objectivity and elegance and resists didactic pontification His resort at times to satire is also effective and piercing.Like an accomplished dastango he sits in the village chopal under the giant peepal and beckons you with the promise of his tale of a famous carnage, of heroes eaten up by dust, and of the ruins of a past that will never return It is a tale of Punjab and is as enigmatic and wondrous as the land that it is set in As the voice in his celebrated poem SafeereLaila implores:‘SafeereLaila yehi khandar hain jahan sai aghaazedastaan haiZara sa baitho to mein sunaoon …’(O Laila’s emissary, these are the very ruins where the epic beginsStay awhile and I shall narrate …)Osama Siddique is the author of Pakistan’s Experience with Formal Law: An Alien Justice (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013) ادھر ادھر کے تجزیوں سے متاثر ہو کر کتاب لے لی اور پڑھ ڈالی لیکن کتاب متاثر نہ کر سکی۔ بار بار یہ شبہ ہوتا ہے کہ مصنف نے ناول کا پہلا ہی ڈرافٹ چھپنے کو دے دیا ہےاور پہلے ڈرافٹ کو بنانے سنوارنے میں زیادہ محنت نہیں کی۔ جب کہ ناول نگاری بے حد محنت طلب کام ہے اور خصوصا نئے لکھاری کو اپنے مسودے کو بار بار لکھنا چاہئے۔ کردار نگاری پر ذرا بھی محنت نہیں ہوئی۔ کرداروں کو ان کے مخصوص پس منظر میں ان کی گفتگو اور مینر ازم کے اعتبار سے الگ الگے دکھائی دینا چاہئے تھا۔ انگریز ڈپٹی کمشنر کسی بھی پیمانے سے انگریز نہیں لگتا بلکہ بالکل دیسی لگتا ہے۔ اچھی کہانی کی خوبی یہ ہے کہ کہ وہ خود کو بیان کرے نہ کہ مصنف کو بار بار بیچ میں کود کر کرداروں کی کیفیات بیان کرنی پڑیں۔ بہتر ہوتا اگر مصنف تھوڑا صبر سے کام لیتے اور ناول چھپوانے میں کچھ تاخیر کر لیتے۔ Seems like I'm getting back into the swing of things I devoured this novel in almost a week which is very unlikely but here we are So back to the novel, the story of the book revolves around Assistant Commissioner William and the feud of Ghulam Haider and Sardar Soda Singh The author takes his time in building the narrative and spin a web of murder and mayhem in the prepartition Punjab It's a saga of a bygone time; of trippy nostalgic memories and being stuck in a place where you don't belong albeit you want to stay there.Reading this novel was a pleasurable experience Among the new novelists of Urdu, Ali Akbar Natiq is definitely going up the ladder More power to him. Please listen and share commentary on book Nau Lakhi Kothi تقسیم ہند پر لکھے گئے بہت سے ناولوں کے برعکس نولکھی کوٹھی کی کہانی ہندو مسلم دشمنی نہیں، کچھ اور ہے۔ یہ انگریز دور کے پنجاب میں شروع ہوتی ہے اور تقسیم کے فسادات کی جھلک دکھاتی ہوئی ضیا دور تک کھنچتی چلی جاتی ہے۔ اس کا علاقہ غیر منقسم پنجاب کا وسط یعنی فیروز پور کی تحصیل جلال آباد ہے جو اب بھارت کا حصہ ہے۔ناطق کا کہنا ہے کہ ناول کے آدھے سے زیادہ کردار حقیقی شخصیات پر مبنی ہیں۔ کچھ شخصیات اپنے اصلی نام کے ساتھ ناول میں موجود ہیں۔ ناول کو انجام تک پہنچانے کے لیے آخر میں ناطق خود بھی سامنے آجاتے ہیں۔ perfect An excellent novel covering era of pre partition days This novel will connect you to your roots, enriched with country life and cultural values of people Mustansar hussain tarar and abdullah hussain has written very well about those times but ali akbar natik has also done justice with the subject This novel emotionally stays with you long time after you have finished it.

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