[[ Free Reading ]] Raja Gidh / راجه گدھAuthor Bano Qudsia – Bilb-weil.de

Raja Gidh Urdu by Bano Qudsia is one of the most widely read and acclaimed Urdu novels Gidh is the Urdu word for a vulture and Raja is a Hindi synonym for king The name anticipates the kingdom of vultures In fact, parallel to the main plot of the novel, an allegorical story of such a kingdom is narrated The metaphor of the vulture as an animal feeding mostly on the carcasses of dead animals is employed to portray the trespassing of ethical limits imposed by the society or by the religionBano Qudsia has written this novel drawing on the religious concept of Haraam and Halaal Many readers tend to interpret Raja Gidh as a sermon, in which Bano Qudsia puts forth her theory of hereditary transmission of Haraam genes Naturally the plot is woven to support the thesis In the opinion of many readers and critics she manages to convince them that the pursuance of Haraam, be it financial, moral or emotional, results in the deterioration of a person s normality in some sense She seems to suggest that the abnormality is transferred genetically to the next generationApart from the above implication the novel has many social, emotional and psychological aspects The nostalgic narration of the historical Government College Lahore and of the Lawrence Garden Lahore lights upon the days of seventies and eightiesBano Qudsia is among those Urdu writers who would think ten times before writing a sentence But she does not sacrifice the flow of the narrative anywhere in this novel Her characters are not black and white ones as some of the critics would like to suggest Every sensitive reader who has attended a college or a university in a Pakistani setting is bound to find some similarities between themselves and one of the charactersPlot Seemin Shah, hailing from an upper middle class family, falls in love with her handsome class fellow Aftab in the MA Sociology class at Government College Lahore Seemin is a modern and attractive urban girl and attracts most of her male class fellows, including the narrator abdul Qayyum and the young liberal professor Suhail Aftab belongs to a Kashmiri business family Though he also loves her, he can not rise above his family values and succumbs to his parent s pressure to marry someone against his wishes and leave for London to look after his family business Now the long story of separation begins


10 thoughts on “Raja Gidh / راجه گدھ

  1. Abubakar Mehdi Abubakar Mehdi says:

    Bano Qudsia belongs to the post independence scholars, poets and intellectuals who filled the void created by separation of Urdu from its birthplace The tradition of novel in Urdu is not as strong as compared to that of Afsaana short story From Prem Chand to Manto, there is a huge number of short story writers who gifted urdu literature with gems of Afsaana nigari, but unfortunately, apart from some isolated efforts the trend of novel writing, to my limited knowledge, has been stagnated for Bano Qudsia belongs to the post independence scholars, poets and intellectuals who filled the void created by separation of Urdu from its birthplace The tradition of novel in Urdu is not as strong as compared to that of Afsaana short story From Prem Chand to Manto, there is a huge number of short story writers who gifted urdu literature with gems of Afsaana nigari, but unfortunately, apart from some isolated efforts the trend of novel writing, to my limited knowledge, has been stagnated for long time So in a state of such paucity, this particular book is a priceless piece of literature Beautifully written, impeccably crafted and surprisingly bold, this book deserves to be translated and spread across the world so that lovers of literature enjoy this gem of a book.Qudsia is very bold and thought provoking, she asks the right questions and depicts human psyche with absolute perfection There is humor, pain, sadness and struggle And there is love, unrequited love, maybe that s the only love that is worth reading Love reaches its perfection only when it is unfulfilled, unsatisfied and unrequited, only then it shows its truer side I would like to mention that describing this book s subject as discussion on Haraam and Halal is wholly unjust and incorrect This book is an amalgamation of many emotions and experiences and it does discuss the subject of haram, but does not solely endorse it A perfect book, a must read for anyone who can read Urdu Thorough, inquisitive, painful, and all that a good book should be


  2. Amna Amna says:

    I don t know why we no longer have writers like Bano Qudsiyah and novels like raja gidh We have done something seriously wrong with our literature Now every novel has a same story line of a spoiled rich boy falling in love with a religious girl and himself turning into a molvi as a result Almost every novel follows a religious theme with a super pious girl who knows nothing about the world I mean why are we turning into such religion snobs I do not have anything against religion, but not I don t know why we no longer have writers like Bano Qudsiyah and novels like raja gidh We have done something seriously wrong with our literature Now every novel has a same story line of a spoiled rich boy falling in love with a religious girl and himself turning into a molvi as a result Almost every novel follows a religious theme with a super pious girl who knows nothing about the world I mean why are we turning into such religion snobs I do not have anything against religion, but not everyone follows religion so much extremely and we are destroying our literature by these recurring themes The mention of abuse and violence is a taboo in our modern literature though all these things prevail in our society Not mentioning them won t remove them from our society Just because of this I stopped reading modern urdu literature I only read old Urdu classics and english literature now I started this novel with apprehension because I don t have a good experience with hyped up Urdu novels They usually follow the same plot and story line But surprisingly I loved this novel Bano Qudsiyah is undoubtedly a great and bold writer The way she writes about the love triangle of Semi, Qayyum and Aftab is exceptionally good The character of Semi is very bold and she does not hesitate to claim her love for Aftab or asking about his sexual preferences I love the boldness of her character Aftab is a traditional Pakistani man no offence please I know not every person man woman is same who loves a girl, but cannot fight against his family and deep inside he does not trust a girl who can love him It is completely ridiculous, but he is a true stereotype Qayyum is a village boy who fells in love with modern super rich Semi But Semi loves Afab while Aftab loves his family statusthan he loves Semi Then there is Prof Sohail I love his character and his views and opinions on things But this story is not just about a love triangle, it has muchin it The way author compares a vulture with a modern man is phenomenal and it is very true and sometimes disturbing But I don t want to spoil it for anybody Though if you want to read it you have to be open minded and accepting because this book discuss many delicate topics which are taboo in our society Sorry for a super long review, but I really want everyone to read it and see how beautiful was our literature, before we destroyed it by our religious extremism and so called social and cultural values


  3. Saima Saima says:

    this book open many windows to ones inside world.must read i read it many many timesmet with the writer n hadunderstanding of this book


  4. Sara Saif Sara Saif says:

    This was so not what I expected It was shocking and sickening.It s one of those books I don t consider myself capable of reviewing critically so I ll just stick to mentioning what I felt while reading it.I was surprised at the direction it took, the sensitive issues it tackled and how it laid bare the struggles and psyche of men and women of all classes People like me live in a cocoon of safety and blissful ignorance and like to pretend that there is nothing wrong with the world Raja Gidh was This was so not what I expected It was shocking and sickening.It s one of those books I don t consider myself capable of reviewing critically so I ll just stick to mentioning what I felt while reading it.I was surprised at the direction it took, the sensitive issues it tackled and how it laid bare the struggles and psyche of men and women of all classes People like me live in a cocoon of safety and blissful ignorance and like to pretend that there is nothing wrong with the world Raja Gidh was actually a wakeup call for me, reminding me that these social issues are real These aren t just tales from another country, these things are happening right now around all of us.The book is divided into four parts and the main theme of the story is determining the answer to a question or mystery what causes madness in human beings Each part has a title describing the reason 1 Fruitless Love 2 Insatiable Curiosity 3 Unlawful Earning 4 Awareness of Death It follows Qayyum, a middle class man hailing from a rural background, who falls deeply and irrevocably in love with his university friend Seemi who is already in love with someone else Seemi s inability to love Qayyum back and her untimely death result in him going through and analyzing all four stages The writer presents a parallel scenario where all birds converge in a forest to discuss the matter of man s inventing nuclear weapons and his destroying of his own species They declare human beings mad and come to the conclusion that since vultures also suffer from madness, one day they ll wipe out all birds so they must be banished Vultures are compared with human beings quite logically.The overall tone of the book was very depressing and a sense of hopelessness prevailed Qayyum was pathetic, the picture drawn of the lives of middle class individuals was realistic, the dialogue and narrative was bold The way it wrapped up didn t make much sense to me.It wasn t my cup of tea but a good book regardless.


  5. Anum Anum says:

    I bought this book at a literary festival that was held in Islamabad thinking I should start readingUrdu books to improve linguistically in the language I did not for a second believe that this book was going to be anythingthan your average Urdu novel an amalgam of religious philosophy and romance I was horribly mistaken Raja Gidh Prince of the Vultures is not a story but it is an experiment in philosophy It is a journey through the minds of people all at differing levels of I bought this book at a literary festival that was held in Islamabad thinking I should start readingUrdu books to improve linguistically in the language I did not for a second believe that this book was going to be anythingthan your average Urdu novel an amalgam of religious philosophy and romance I was horribly mistaken Raja Gidh Prince of the Vultures is not a story but it is an experiment in philosophy It is a journey through the minds of people all at differing levels of insanity Some may even regard this novel as an experimental work raising important issues on the intricacies of human psychology However, the genius of Raja Gidh lies in its usage of allegorical scenes at the beginning of each section which depict a congregation of birds holding a trial of all vultures accusing them of committing forbidden acts that are leading them along the path of madness Our protagonist, Qayyum, is metaphorically the Prince of the Vultures for he too has fed on the dead soul of a woman who had lost her everything when the man she loved left her It is interesting to note how Banu Qudsia takes a character and destroys him completely by throwing him in every situation deemed responsible for insanity Although his madness increases as these conditions manifest themselves upon him time and time again, towards the end Qayyum is found to still be standing at the first stepping stone of insanity whilst unexpected characters are found at the very last Banu Qudsia experiments with possibilities and impossibilities but she is not presumptuous She does not attempt to answer the question that has plagued psychologists and philosophers for centuries At the end, we realise that where Banu Qudsia s ideas may be plausible, we are as far away from answering the questions on insanity as we are on discovering the purpose of life as close as the blood that flows through our veins and as far as the galaxies in the sky Raja Gidh is a gem of Urdu literature and a book worth reading at least once in your life


  6. Tariq Mahmood Tariq Mahmood says:

    Quality read, best ever novel written in Urdu ever Must read for all Urdu readers, especially students This novel is a thought provoker just like the Alchemist of Paulo Caulho, which leaves a lasting impression on the reader In my case there was considerable turmoil, excitement, desire and a strong longing for the unknown I have to read this novel once every year to reinvigorate myself..


  7. Abdullah Khalid Abdullah Khalid says:

    Original rating 2.5 5 This book might be a very good book for a lot of people Many of my friends loved it But I couldn t relate myself to it at all , so I guess it wasn t meant for me The concept of halal and haram is good.One thing I didn t like was the way she described religious people Like she kept describing the beauty of Seemin but when it came to her religious class fellows she talked about them as some forbidden species As far as I think , this all started from that first introd Original rating 2.5 5 This book might be a very good book for a lot of people Many of my friends loved it But I couldn t relate myself to it at all , so I guess it wasn t meant for me The concept of halal and haram is good.One thing I didn t like was the way she described religious people Like she kept describing the beauty of Seemin but when it came to her religious class fellows she talked about them as some forbidden species As far as I think , this all started from that first introductory class in university If Seemin had been somewhat religious , Qayyum and Suhail wouldn t have fallen in love with her, similarly , if Aftaab and Seemin were really in love with each other then the proper way was to marry first and then increase their affection Similarly , other things mentioned were accountable too.According to my views, the solution was religion If one wants to live and die in peace and stick to religion and trust what God says But if a man wanders in the search of truth himself then at some point in his life he ll surely suffer from the fate of Raja Gidh because for millenniums man has been searching the same thing and has not reached to an absolute solution So rather than spending one s life in search of answers , one must stick to some religion or spiritual belief that one prefers and life or die in peace.P.S These are my personal views which may or may not change in future Everyone has his own views which must be respected so I am not against the authoress She has her own views and I have my own views


  8. Humera gull Humera gull says:

    Raja Gidh, a phenomenal and classical novel written by Bano Qudsia This novel strongly reflects on the negatives points of our society today If only we can understand the concept and adverse effects of Rizq e haram and learn to strongly believe in Allah and the fate decided by him , we are likely to prosper as a good Muslim and a perfect member of society I strongly recommend this novel to all and lot of thanks to Bano Qudsia for such a great contribution to Urdu literature.


  9. soul soul says:

    I wish i could givestars to this book Its a master piece in urdu literature


  10. Aiman Aiman says:

    from the iconic beginning to the most memorable of endings.no book induces the same feeling as Raja gidh.unforgettable characters.great plot.an epic depiction of human nature and love.though not many will grasp its meaning much.as i believe its not meant for everyone