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All the three friends in the film,starring Farooque Shaikh and Deepti Naval, and it’s inspiring.The Golden Legend,noted Pakistani-British writer Nadeem Aslam takes us to Badami Bagh a neighbourhood in the northern reaches of Zamana — Aslam’s fictionalized twin-city for Lahore — where Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy laws are to usher in a new age of persecution and bigotry disturbing the little world of its chief protagonists and offering a searing glimpse into the life and times of contemporary Pakistan Once upon a time Badami Bagh was an orchard of almond trees where in 1857 revolutionaries carried out clandestine operations (later the British hung them from the very branches they’d plotted under) After independence it became home to a large-sized ghetto for working-class Christian families who in the face of persistent persecution in an increasingly Islamised society are “docile and obedient” employed mostly “as servants in the houses of Zamana’s Muslims” or to clean “the city’s roads and sewers” Lily and Grace Masih live in a tenement in Badami Bagh and work in the home of Nargis and Massud an upper-class architect-couple who have converted a former paper factory into a sublime home for themselves an artistic haven as it were studded with “objects from which they might draw inspiration” Helen their only daughter is at home here; Nargis and Massud consider her a beloved niece having lavished time and attention in addition to money on Helen’s education and upbringing When the novel opens however this little ecosystem has fallen apart — and the end of innocence is brutal Grace was murdered three years ago by a young radical who barely served any time in prison (the crime of killing a Christian is offset by learning the Quran by heart in prison) The mosque across Nargis and Massud’s house has become a nest of jihadi extremists from Waziristan And then out of nowhere as Massud and Nargis walk down the Grand Trunk Road with a mass of schoolchildren shots ring out and during a roadside shooting based on the infamous Raymond Davis episode (when a CIA contractor shot two men in broad daylight in Lahore) Massud dies Things come to a head when Nargis refuses to cooperate with the ISI in their attempt to negotiate a release for the American shooter — under Sharia law a murderer can be forgiven by the relatives of the victims — and around the same time both Helen and Lily are accused of blasphemy Into this conundrum appears Imran a young Kashmiri a lapsed terrorist one with stories of terrible torture and darkness of his own (it seems his pregnant mother had been tortured by the shlf1314n army so much that he was born with a broken arm) Against this backdrop of escalating violence Imran and Helen must try to imagine a present if not a future for themselves and explore all the tendernesses of first love While reading The Golden Legend there are times I shut the book and said aloud that the writer ought to have been a poet: for his strength is in capturing precisely those luminous moments that comment on tragedy with wounding obliqueness At other times though I decided that it might have been better if Aslam were a painter one of those who preferred canvases of staggering sizes that took years to complete — for there are pictorial compositions in its pages that are almost heart-stopping in their audacity But ultimately Aslam is a novelist And for a novel of this sort to work a certain primal connection must result between the readers and the characters to evoke empathy however unsophisticated While deeply faithful to reportage to the terrible crimes that keep happening to the characters and presumably to their real-life counterparts in the past and present in Kashmir Lyallpur and Zamana in Badami Bagh and the Charagar mausoleum all of which are drawn from life The Golden Legend erects as it were a glass wall between the relentlessness of that world and the inner lives of the characters Ironically Aslam’s Pakistan is so bleak and his Kashmir so violent that the catalogue of injustices takes over the narrative and completelyovershadowsthe stories of his protagonists The storms become the story and in that fail to do justice to the lives in disarray; the novel as a whole stands remote and cold and distant and disappointingly fails to move Devapriya Roy is the co-author with Saurav Jha of The Heat and Dust Project For all the latest Lifestyle News download shlf1314n Express App More Top News well in excess of its use by either Leave group. Although the Leave campaign had a significant advantage in being able to mobilise an already extensive social media network, (Photo: Thinkstock) Related News Tired of visiting clinics and seeking appointments with doctors?” said Adam Koeppe,leads to increased alcohol consumption.and at concession stands at sporting events or concerts.

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