Book review. Udas naslein

Hello. I picked up this novel after hearing much good things about it. For now my thoughts are haywire about it. I feel at loss with words putting everything that’s in my mind. Udas naslein is a novel spanning decades starting from the first world war era and going right upto post partition time. Set somewhere in rural India the characters keep moving in the then undivided India going upto Lahore. The protagonist Naeem is an interesting character who enlists in the British Indian army during the Great War and this starts his journey of discovery, pain, love and loss.

On a personal level I almost fell in love with a character created by the author who happens to be a German Carpenter fighting the war. No words would be able to describe his actions and thoughts as done by the author. It’s a portrait of a man at peace with himself and the world.

The way Abdullah Hussain describes human emotions and feelings is unmatchable. The sad protagonist looking for answers meets people who try to quench his thirst. Though at times I must say the book becomes a little philosophical. The urdu used is easy to follow and understand.

besides all things it’s a beautiful read.