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Sifts through the testimony of casualties from the killing fields of injustice at home and abroad, ranging from Kurukshetra to Kargil, Hiroshima to Bosnia.
Paperback, 1st, 384 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by Penguin Books (first published 2000)
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Rishi Katiyar
Jan 02, 2015 Rishi Katiyar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“कमलेशवर का ये उपनयास मानवता के दरवाज़े पर इतिहास और समय की एक दसतक है .....इस उममीद के साथ कि भारत ही नही ,दुनिया भर में एक के बाद दुसरे पाकिसतान बनाने की लहू से लथपथ यह परंपरा अब खतम हो.....”(पृषठ कवर पे दिया गया विवरण).

कुछ दिन पहले एक मलयालम फिलम देख रहा था...’मरियान’,जिसमे हीरो को कुछ कबीले बंधक बना लेते हैं.रोज जीने के लिए संघरष करने वाले जिन कबीलों के पास खाने और रहने का भी ठिकाना नही है उनके हाथों में बाजारवाद ने बंदूके और मिसाइलें थमा दी हैं.नाइजीरिया,युगांडा,रवांडा,तिमोर और ऐसे ही अनेकों
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Deepankar Rawat
Aug 17, 2012 Deepankar Rawat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I recommend this book for all Hindi speaking people. This book contains the essence of what the current world is suffering from. Breaking of masses, countries, just on the basis of religion is not good. In a very humorous but insightful way, the author asks very subtle question of When will this maniac aspiration of people to create new Pakistans stop? When will we understand the quote that we are listening to from our childhood.... "United we stand, divided we fall!"
Ankit Pandey
Feb 04, 2013 Ankit Pandey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
बेहतरीन उपनयास । जवलंत परशनो के उततर ढूढने की कोशिश की है , तरक तो बेमिसाल है । ...more
Nandini Goel
Sep 07, 2016 Nandini Goel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amazing Book by Kamleshwar!
Teaches us about the pressures endured by people during rivalries upon a piece of land.
And how partitions lead only to destruction and chaos.

Lets stop all wars not just between hindus and muslims but also upon all other issues.
Regards
Nandini Goel
Founder
(www.educatemygirl.org)
Abhinav Godara
Sep 08, 2015 Abhinav Godara is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
कुछ किताबें वक़त लेती हैं, अपने धागों से पाठक को बांधने में। इस पुसतक के मातर 5 सफ़हे ही काफी थे । ...more
Anurag
Dec 26, 2016 Anurag rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'कितने पाकिसतान' कमलेशवर का लिखा हुआ एक परयोगवादी उपनयास है। इस उपनयास को 2003 के साहितय अकादमी पुरसकार से नवाजा गया था। यह उपनयास बाकी उपनयासों से कई मामलों में अलग है। पहला, इसमें सामानय घटनायें, जैसे उपनयासों में होती हैं, नहीं हैं, बलकि ऐतिहासिक घटनाओं का लेखक के नज़रिये से वरणन है। दूसरा, पातर बहुत कम हैं। ऐसा कहना भी सरवथा उचित ही होगा कि मुखय पातर समय है कयोंकि सारा कथानक उसी के इरदगिरद घूमता है। उपनयास में सदियों से चले आ रही हिंसा और मारकाट के परति गहरा कषोभ है। पातरों की इस कमी को इतिहा ...more
Manab
Oct 31, 2016 Manab rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
একটা বই যেখানে পরচুর ঐতিহাসিক চরিতর থাকবে, আপনি তাদেরকে ডেকে আনতে পারবেন মরজিমত, যখন যারে ইচছা, এরকম একটা উপনযাস কি আমরা সবাই লিখতে চাই না? কিনতু কারুর কি হয় সেই সাহস!
বড় বুকের পাটা লাগে এটা করতে। যদি ভজঘট হয়ে যায় ইতযাদি। কমলেশবর করে দেখিয়েছেন।

এই বইয়ের কিছু জায়গা অবিসমরণীয়, যেমন দারাশিকোর কাটা মাথা থালায় করে বওয়া হচছে, বা গিলগামেশের পরসঙগ। সমসযা হচছে কি, এই জায়গাগুলো আমার ভালো লাগার একটা কারণ হচছে এরকম, দারাশিকোর ভাই অরঙগজেব এখানে ঝামেলা হবার পেছনে দায়ী, হযাঁ, নিঃসনদেহে, কিনতু জয়সিংহ বা যশবনত সিং
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অদভুত একটা বিষণণতা ছেয়ে ছিল পুরোটা সময় জুড়ে। "কত না পাকিসতান" নামটা শুনে ভেবেছিলাম হয়ত দেশ ভাগের পর কোন এক ভারতীয় যুবক পাকিসতান ঘুরে বেড়াতে গেছে, হয়ত পারটিশনের কারণে আলাদা হয়ে যাওয়া মুসলিম পরেমিকার খোঁজে, হয়ত পাকিসতানের ভূখণড থেকে ভারতের ভূখণডে চলে আসা কোন এক হিনদু লোকের সমৃতিচারণ।

শুরুটা তেমনই একটা আভাস দিয়েছিল। কিনতু কয়েকটা পৃষঠা যাবার পরেই পুরো গলপটা একেবারে বদলে গেল। অদভুত একটা আবহ তৈরি হল, অদভুত একটা বিষণণতার আবহ যা জুড়ে ছিল একেবারে শেষ পৃষঠা পরযনত! সাথে মুগধতাও ছিল অবশয সবটা সময়।

চাইলেই হয়
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Ravish
Jan 04, 2017 Ravish rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finished it in record speed owing to the breadth and coverage of topics across world and history, in an effortless narrative. Got to know many events, personalities and mythologies, all of which are interesting and eye-opening at same time. Realities about Babar, Dara Shikoh and Aurangjeb have been uncovered with facts and convincing evidences. This is truly a gr8 creation by Kamleshwar and ought to be a must read for anyone and everyone.
Abhaga
Apr 25, 2016 Abhaga rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very interesting experiment and spell binding in places, overall I found it too dramatic and preachy. The device of having multiple scholars, historical figures and others present in a court that spans across time and space is quite interesting. The court moves from century to century and city to city, tracing the threads of history, trying to untangle them. Questions are raised, some are answered, others are not. Overall, it is not a bad introduction to the historical process for someone who ...more
Prateek Mathur
May 09, 2016 Prateek Mathur rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Anshu Raj Singh
Aug 14, 2013 Anshu Raj Singh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This book of Kamleshwar is not for every reader of Hindi books.A third of the words used in the book are Urdu words.If someone is not proficient in Urdu then its quite difficult for him to read this book.Moreover a lot of contradictory historical facts have been debated in the book and if a reader doesn't have good idea of history then he can't comprehend the book easily.

But,in spite of all these inherent problems,the book is very good.Through the court of 'Adeeb',the author shows how the concep
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Anand Prabhakar
Jun 01, 2013 Anand Prabhakar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I guess the rating reflects what I think... I was transported to the court of Adeeb and felt like filing my own complaint against the problems that I face in this Multi-Religious/ethinicity/cultural world, where one has to deal with life rather than live it. Mid way through the novel I also felt I should have written something like this or I should write something but that is not possible. At least not in the near future because if I attempt I cabn't get "Kamleshwar" or his Adeeb out of my mind ...more
Isha
Nov 07, 2015 Isha rated it it was amazing
The Fallacy of Documented History

Napolean once said, ‘What is history, but a fable agreed upon?’ Kamleshwar’s magnum opus Kitne Pakistan originally written in Hindi and translated as Partitions in English is developed around this premise, that is, constant writing and rewriting of history and the fallacy and inaccuracy of historical truth recorded through so called documentary evidence...

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Sushil
Oct 16, 2015 Sushil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
परभुता, सतता, धन और वैभव की आदिम भूख एवं जाति, धरम या तवचा के रंग के मिथयाभिमान से गरसित कुछ हिंसर और सवारथी मनुषय समपूरण मानव-जाति और उस की सभयता एवं संसकृति के लिए कैसे विषम संकट उतपनन कर देते हैं इसकी पड़ताल करता कमलेशवर का एक अदवितीय और कालजयी उपनयास है 'कितने पाकिसतान'. इसे पढ़ना हृदय को उदवेलित कर गया.
मैं अतिरिकत गरव का अनुभव करता हूँ कि, कमलेशवर जी की जनम-भूमि 'मैनपुरी' में ही जनम लेने का सौभागय मुझे भी परापत हुआ.
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Mahesh
Feb 27, 2014 Mahesh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book traces the violence the mankind is witnessing in this globalised era. A philosophical book on contemporary violence.
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Kamleshwar (कमलेशवर) was a prominent 20th-century Hindi writer, and scriptwriter for Hindi cinema and television. Among his most well- known work are the films Aandhi, Mausam, Chhoti Si Baat and Rang Birangi. He was awarded the 2003 Sahitya Akademi Award for his cult Hindi novel Kitne Pakistan (translated in English as Partitions), and also the Padma Bhushan in 2005. ...more
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