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Habba Khatoon Nightingale of Kashmir

Professor Wakhlu’s immensely interesting novel is the odyssey of love, intense and passionate. Thus the book is a SONG OF LOVE. The book narrates in full, rich and lucid style the love of Sultan Yusuf Shah Chak of Kashmir for a village belle, Habba Khatoon, whose original name was Zoon. Born of an ordinary peasant family at the village Chandhara in Kashmir, she blossomed into an exquisitely charming damsel and a melodious singer who could compose lyrics which are even now considered the gems of Kashmiri literature. Her parents, unfortunately, married her to a village bumpkin. He and his mother greatly illtreated her. Time rolled on and one day she was face to face with Yusuf Shah, the Heir Apparents of Kashmir. Her first sight captivated his heart. She adorned the royal palace as the wife of Yusuf Shah after having got absorbing story lie deeper undertones of meaning, clues to the passion, vehemence and wanderlust of both Habba Khatoon and Yusuf Shah. They are perpetually in quest of real and perfect love and beauty. There are certain mystical touches here and there in the book which have metaphysical implications and make the reader think.
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Professor Wakhlu’s immensely interesting novel is the odyssey of love, intense and passionate. Thus the book is a SONG OF LOVE. The book narrates in full, rich and lucid style the love of Sultan Yusuf Shah Chak of Kashmir for a village belle, Habba Khatoon, whose original name was Zoon. Born of an ordinary peasant family at the village Chandhara in Kashmir, she blossomed into an exquisitely charming damsel and a melodious singer  who could compose lyrics which are even now considered the gems of Kashmiri literature. Her parents, unfortunately,  married her to a village bumpkin. He and his mother greatly illtreated her. Time rolled on and one day she was face to face with Yusuf Shah, the Heir Apparents of Kashmir. Her first sight captivated his heart. She adorned the royal palace as the wife of Yusuf Shah after having got absorbing story lie deeper undertones of meaning, clues to the passion, vehemence and wanderlust of both Habba Khatoon and Yusuf Shah. They are perpetually in quest of real and perfect love and beauty. There are certain mystical touches here and there in the book which have metaphysical implications and make the reader think.  We also see the turbulent and strife-torn times in Kashmir’s history. There are evil forces of communalism and sectarianism and then the aggressive designs of Emperor Akbar. The threat of war always hangs like the dead Albatross around th neck of Yusuf Shah. All this and much more makes the novel a NATIONAL EPIC OF KASHMIR. We are face to face with the genius of Habba Khatoon; and the exuberant aesthetic taste of the gentle Yusuf Shah which became his tragic flaw. The book overflows with brilliant characterisation. There are kings, scholars, poets, knaves, courtesans, dancing girls and common men and women. They are all drawn with scholarly description which makes them alive in front of our eyes.  The book is studded with gems of Kashmiri poetry translated into English by the author himself. The novel inspires pity and terror and so is, like a Greek Tragedy, cathartic in character.
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