Mirages of the Mind

Mirages of the Mind Basharat and his family are Indian Muslims who have relocated to Pakistan but who remain deeply steeped in the nostalgia of pre Partition life in India Through Mirages of the Mind s absurd anecdotes

  • Title: Mirages of the Mind
  • Author: Mushtaq Ahmad Yusufi
  • ISBN: 9788184005530
  • Page: 396
  • Format: Paperback
  • Basharat and his family are Indian Muslims who have relocated to Pakistan, but who remain deeply steeped in the nostalgia of pre Partition life in India Through Mirages of the Mind s absurd anecdotes and unforgettable biographical sketches which hide the deeper unease and sorrow of the family s journey from Kanpur to Karachi Basharet emerges as a wise fool, and the host oBasharat and his family are Indian Muslims who have relocated to Pakistan, but who remain deeply steeped in the nostalgia of pre Partition life in India Through Mirages of the Mind s absurd anecdotes and unforgettable biographical sketches which hide the deeper unease and sorrow of the family s journey from Kanpur to Karachi Basharet emerges as a wise fool, and the host of this unique sketch comedy From humorous scenes in colonial north India, to the heartbreak and homesickness of post colonial life in Pakistan, Mirages of the Mind forms an authentic portrait of life among South Asia s Urdu speakers, rendered beautifully into English by Matt Reeck and Aftab Ahmad.

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    1. کتاب کیا ہے صاحب ، ہند و پاک کا اچھا خاصا سفر ہے . پورا کتھا ساگر ہے . بات سے بات نکلتی ہے اور کانپور سے کراچی ، کراچی سے سرحدی کوہستان ، وہاں سے یو پی کے دیہات اور قصبات پہونچ جاتے ہیں . کتاب پڑھنے میں ایسی دلچسپ اور انداز ایسا شگفتہ کہ جی چاہتا ہے صفحات کا سلسلہ کبھی ختم نہ ہو ! طنز [...]

    2. You know you are in for a ride when the introduction to your book says it’s “a challenging book. It is challenging because of its length but more so due to its erudition.” Never one to shirk a challenge, and given I was looking forward to reading some Urdu fiction in translation, I dived straight in. And what a wonderfully colourful and rich world we have.Mushtaq Ahmed Yousufi, born in 1923, is a highly respected businessman as well as a multi awarded writer. From General Manager at the Mu [...]

    3. نوٹ :کتاب پڑھنے سے پہلے اس کو مت پڑھیں ۔۔یوسفی کے قلم سے نکلے دوسرے باب پر اک تبصرہیوسفی جس کوزے میں انسان کو بند کرتا ہے وہ بہت تنگ ہےجس میں انسانی حالت ناگفتہ بہ ہے ان کے لفظوں کے کھیل تماشے اور ادب کی کن کنیوں میں چیتھڑوں کا کھیل دیدنی ہے یوسفی ماہر سرجن کی طرح سوسائیٹی کو "خلی [...]

    4. By far one of the most beautiful, witty,funny and yet heart wrenching books I have ever had the pleasure of readinge chapter titled "Kaun Kaisay toot ta hai" is one of my favorite works in urdu literature

    5. Catching up on some book reviewingI got a big kick out of this, which is less a novel than 5 novellas or even a whole bunch of connected stories and anecdotes. It's about several Indian Muslims who move to Pakistan after Partition, and it's poignant and funny and sad. It reminded me in parts of the Wise Men of Chelm stories. It's quite long, but it reads like a recorded conversation-it wanders and meanders and remembers this and makes reference to that and eventually usually gets back to where i [...]

    6. Mirages of the Mind.Mushtaq Ahmed Yousufi.2014. Pp-560.Random House India. "Sometimes the only way to survive loss and life is by resorting to humour." Mirages of the Mind, the English translation of Mushtaq Ahmed Yousufi’s Urdu novel Aab-e-Gum, is all about that- camouflaging pain with humour.The narrative talks about the struggles of a Muslim family, it's journey from Kanpur to Karachi, a journey not just geographical, but a journey psychological and intensely emotional.The entire text despi [...]

    7. “While flowing through the desert of the past, the heady rivers of memory descend into the mirages of the mind.” Though Nostalgia seems to lie at the core of the book (the book is set in post-partition Karachi, Lahore, Lucknow and Kanpur but the narrative often flies to the pre-partition times), it is not the theme that has led me to include this book suddenly in the list of my all-time favorites, but rather what the author mentions in passing somewhere in the prose:“But look at what nonse [...]

    8. I think this was just a lot over my head. I couldn't keep track of all the characters, references, narrators (were there more than one?), chronologies, anything really. There were entertaining stories that I got out of it, but halfway through I decided I had had enough and wanted to move on to stories with plots and characters that I could understand.

    9. This book follows Basharat and his adventures in Pakistan. Throughout the book, he and his family learn to deal with their new home, while missing India. The book is a series of stories that help the reader to know what the author was experiencing as that transition is made. More about this book can be found on my blog: hesaidbooksormeDisclaimer: I was awarded this book in a giveaway. While I did not pay for the book, the opinions expressed in this book are strictly my own.

    10. آبِ گم کے بارے میں کیا لکھا جائے کہ اس کتاب کے بارے میں جاننے کے لیے اس کو پڑھنا ضروری ہے۔ یہ کتاب مشتاق احمد یوسفی کی آپ بیتی بھی ہے، طنز و مزاح کا شاہکار بھی ہے۔ اس کتاب کے مزاحیہ جملے پڑھ کر انسان بے حساب ہنستا ہے، اور جب ہنس ہنس کر بے حال ہوجاتا ہے تو یوسفی صاحب اچانک ہی ایسا سم [...]

    11. It's easy to pick up this book as a comical/satirical book since it's written by Yusufi Sahab. But by the time you finish reading it, it becomes one of the most fascinating books on human behaviors written in Urdu. The protagonist, Basharat, takes us from the time of his adolescence through his professional life and then at the verge of his end. Never before have lives of ordinary looking people been described in the detail and the artful manner Yusufi saab has done.

    12. This is one of the best books I ever read. This was for the first time that I read Yousafi sb, and after reading this, I have become a huge fan of him. He has described human tragedies in a light and thought provoking manner. You cannot read even a single page without laughing.

    13. This book was featured in the Nota Benes section of the March/Apr 2016 issue of World Literature Today Magazineliteraturetoday/2

    14. It appears as if Yusufi's prose is deeply influenced by Josh Malihabadi. A good book however but not one of his best.

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