Thursday, February 24, 2011

Katra Bi Arzoo

Rajkamal Prakashan,New Delhi
Book Cover Designed by deo Prakash Choudhary
Rahi Masoom Reza (राही मासूम रज़ा), born in Ghazipur in eastern Uttar Pradesh (India) in a Muslim family, was a famous Urdu shayar. He also won the Filmfare Best Dialogue Award for the hit film Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki in 1979. He also wrote in Hindustani and Hindi language. He was also an eminent lyricist of Bollywood.

Katra Bi Arzoo (that is, The Lady Desire locality or The Lady Arzoo locality) is set in the city of Allahabad, Katra being a locality of the city. The novel is set in 1970's India and as its central theme it bares the brutality of emergency in India and how general people were affected by such a draconian regime.Its an ode to anti emergency activist and shows how people through their vested interest enjoyed the fruits of emergency and how emergency ruined and destroyed the life's people. In foreword Raza dedicates the novel to anti-emergency activists and say that freedom of speech is basic freedom.The novel shakes the conscience of every reader and by the time one ends the novel he is in tears.


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