I had heard of the exodus of Kashniri Pandits but I didn’t have a clue what was the reality behind it or how it happened. After having read The far field by Madhuri Vijay, which has a Kashmir narrative, I felt like picking up Our moon has blood clots by Rahul Pandita. And that’s what I did.

I can’t really review this book because it was a poignant account and moving even. It just got me involved and I found myself pulling all nighters, staying with the characters and the situations. The book is divided into parts and it is more a coming-of-the age story of the author. We see the exodus and we feel it through the eyes of the author and his relatives, even. The author not only speaks about the exodus of 90s but also shows us the picture from 1947 when the situation was as volatile as it was during the 90s. The narrative is like a memory thread. One memory spurs another and the cycle goes on.

The book is an emotional account and not dramatized at all. It gets your attention from the word go. The book is an eye-opener and some accounts reiterated are shocking. After reading this book, I feel like people cry about the intolerance but why isn’t the example of exodus of Kashmiri Pandits ever given?! But then again, there is a book like The far field by Madhuri Vijay, a book that has been winning accolades in the Indian literacy scene for its “humane” narrative, for showing us the impact the militants have had on the lives of the poor Kashmiris, innocent Kashmiris, who have nothing to do with the political drama or chaos. And on the other hand we have Our moon has blood clots by Rahul Pandita, the story, author’s memoir, of exodus of Kashmiri Pandits which is again “humane” narrative. Both the stories tore me apart and both stories left a lasting impact on my mind. The thirst to know more keeps growing but after I close these books a prayer escapes my lips, “perhaps the valley is cursed, perhaps not, but I hope no one has to suffer what every Kashmiri goes through everyday.”

To sum up, I would say that this book needs to be read and this book need to be felt.


Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Publisher: Penguin Random House India
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