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راجه گدھ / Raja Gidh

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Raja Gidh (Urdu: راجه گدھ) by Bano Qudsia is one of the most widely read and acclaimed Urdu novels. Gidh is the Urdu word for a vulture and Raja is a Hindi synonym for king. The name anticipates the kingdom of vultures. In fact, parallel to the main plot of the novel, an allegorical story of such a kingdom is narrated. The metaphor of the vulture as an animal feeding mostl ...more
564 pages
Published 1981 by Sang-e-Meel
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May 26, 2015 Abubakar rated it really liked it
Bano Qudsia belongs to the post-independence scholars, poets and intellectuals who filled the void created by separation of Urdu from its birthplace. The tradition of novel in Urdu is not as strong as compared to that of Afsaana (short story). From Prem Chand to Manto, there is a huge number of short story writers who gifted urdu literature with gems of Afsaana nigari, but unfortunately, apart from some isolated efforts the trend of novel writing, to my limited knowledge, has been stagnated for ...more
Oct 17, 2009 Saima rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book open many windows to ones inside world....must read ...i read it many many times...met with the writer n had more understanding of this book...
Sara Saif
Jul 23, 2016 Sara Saif rated it liked it
Shelves: its-a-tie
This was so not what I expected. It was shocking and sickening.
It’s one of those books I don’t consider myself capable of reviewing critically so I’ll just stick to mentioning what I felt while reading it.

I was surprised at the direction it took, the sensitive issues it tackled and how it laid bare the struggles and psyche of men and women of all classes. People like me live in a cocoon of safety and blissful ignorance and like to pretend that there is nothing wrong with the world. Raja Gidh was

I bought this book at a literary festival that was held in Islamabad thinking I should start reading more Urdu books to improve linguistically in the language. I did not for a second believe that this book was going to be anything more than your average Urdu novel: an amalgam of religious philosophy and romance. I was horribly mistaken.

“Raja Gidh” (Prince of the Vultures) is not a story but it is an experiment in philosophy. It is a journey through the minds of people all at differing levels of
Tariq Mahmood
Feb 05, 2015 Tariq Mahmood rated it it was amazing
Shelves: philosophy, pakistan
Quality read, best ever novel written in Urdu ever. Must read for all Urdu readers, especially students. This novel is a thought provoker just like the Alchemist of Paulo Caulho, which leaves a lasting impression on the reader. In my case there was considerable turmoil, excitement, desire and a strong longing for the unknown. I have to read this novel once every year to reinvigorate myself.....
Dec 29, 2012 Aiman rated it it was amazing
from the iconic beginning to the most memorable of book induces the same feeling as Raja gidh.unforgettable characters .great plot .an epic depiction of human nature and love.though not many will grasp its meaning i believe its not meant for everyone :)
Dec 06, 2012 soul rated it it was amazing
I wish i could give more stars to this book!
Its a master piece in urdu literature
Feb 23, 2009 Hassan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There must B a GIDH in u 2 understand RAJA GIDH. . .
Madiha J Bookblogger
Dec 05, 2014 Madiha J Bookblogger rated it really liked it
It was a very Inspirational psycological and philosophical novel. It had a great message about the concept of Haraam (forbidden) and Halaal (granted) behind its story. For those who can interpret this message, its recommendation. For others it might be a common dull boring story. I read it around 5 years ago and still I feel this story is somewhere with me in my head, in my life. It is a great book. No doubt writers like Banu Qudsia, Ashfaq Ahmed are great assets for our youth's character-buildi ...more
Hamid Raza
Dec 27, 2013 Hamid Raza rated it it was ok
Hate me for my review but I don't agree with almost half of the things in the novel. The story is so disturbing and dull, maybe that's what the novel is about. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.. At all.
Rawail Naeem
Sep 30, 2015 Rawail Naeem rated it liked it
Much hyped, but an overall disappointing read. This is my third urdu novel so consider it a rookie's review. The novel seeks to unravel the mystery of human madness in which there are two forms, either constructive madness or destructive madness. What drives the humankind to insanity? Ishq la-hasil, kabhi na khatam honay wali justujo yan mout ki aagahi?These are basic pillars around which the story rotates.

The only part that I fell in love with is how she introduced the Kingdom of Birds to conve
Mar 29, 2016 Sana rated it really liked it
Shelves: excellent-reads
Being a complex novel, its primary diegesis concerns the struggle of its main character, Qayum, while its secondary diegesis deals with expulsion of vultures from kingdom of birds. Thus while Qayum goes through a variety of stages of self-seeking, the secondary plot describes the trial of vultures.
The main plot seeks to unravel the mystery of human madness. Qudsia suggests that two kinds of human madness exist: the constructive and the destructive, and it is the wisdom to know the difference bet
Humera gull
Jun 25, 2016 Humera gull rated it really liked it
Shelves: urdu, classic
Raja Gidh, a phenomenal and classical novel written by Bano Qudsia . This novel strongly reflects on the negatives points of our society today. If only we can understand the concept and adverse effects of Rizq-e- haram and learn to strongly believe in Allah and the fate decided by him , we are likely to prosper as a good Muslim and a perfect member of society. I strongly recommend this novel to all and lot of thanks to Bano Qudsia for such a great contribution to Urdu literature.
Ubaid Talpur
Aug 17, 2014 Ubaid Talpur rated it really liked it
اگر چے یی کتاب میں پہلی بار چھپی اور میں اسکا واں ایڈیشن پڑھ رہا ہوں پر میں یہ محسو س کرہا ہوں ک یہ اسی دور کی لے ہی لکھی گئی ہو آپا با نو قدسیہ نے اس کتاب میں اس کامل سے رنگ بھرے ہیں کہ پڑھنے والا دنگ رہ جاتا ہے اس میں چھو تے بچے سے لیکر بورھے آدمی تک کی زندگی کو بہت خوبصورتی سے بیان کیا گیا ہے اس میں سائنس سے لیکر تصوف تک انسان کیا ہے اور کیا ہونا چاہیے کو بہت عمدہ انداز میں سمجھا یا گیا ہے اس میں منطقی باتین بھی ہیں اور سادہ راستے بھی ہیں کہنے کو تو یہ ناول ہے پر اس میں تقریبن انسان اور زند ...more
I genuinely trust this is the most exceedingly bad book i have ever perused. Perhaps i didn't get the plot or theme whatever the reason is yet it's really a dull and exhausting read. At the beginning, i was captivated by the entire idea of the animal kingdom however toward the end it likewise gave me nothing. I was intuition the entire time why this book is so popular, still i don't know why. I additionally don't agree with the idea of "gidh" which is actually the entire theme
Jun 16, 2012 Asif rated it really liked it
Personal search has always been the area of interest in East. This novel best describes the journey and human behavior. Reasons, quest, rationales, multiple personalities and emcompassing fight between right and wrong to take charge/control. Love, despair and soul searching. Excellent read.
Rafia Komal
Apr 03, 2014 Rafia Komal rated it really liked it
Raja gidh is an amazaing but heavy philosophical text. Some words gave me goose bumps. I'll read this book again after gaining more wordly experience to grasp the deeper meaning!
P.S. Thanks to bano qudsia for enriching urdu literature!
Rao Sarfaraz
Sep 12, 2011 Rao Sarfaraz rated it it was amazing
this book has really got very deep philosophy of life and doings ang genetic habbits transfer ..... how man starts loving GOD starting from a human love....
so do read awsome book.
Aiman Iqbal
May 25, 2016 Aiman Iqbal rated it really liked it
Undoubtedly one of the best books in Urdu literature yet I found it little disturbing
Namoos Qasmi
Jun 08, 2016 Namoos Qasmi rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Not recommended
Out of dozens of books I read in my life, this is the only book that gave me nothing. Spiritually, emotionally, mentally, absolutely nothing. All characters of this book are negative, selfish and unlucky.
The most important aspect of this book is the theory that's main idea is "Haraam rizq spreads insanity in a person and in his next generations". This theory is agreeable only upto this point that it can spread insanity in a person that earns Haraam rizq or is involved in Haraam activities, but h
Samra Yousuf
Aug 17, 2016 Samra Yousuf rated it really liked it
Shelves: giant-escape
I used to sneak from class and get my way to library(mostly)when i was in 7th standard(usually).
There i got acquainted with Bano Qudsiya and her RAJA GIDH for very first time.and to say the fact,it bugged my head hard..i mean what more can you expect from a school-going child how to grasp the philosophical approach of book?
well,today i gave it a reread and it screwed me up once again(but in a good way)and the very first thing after ending it i had in my mind........where have gone the novelists
Jul 23, 2016 Amna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urdu
I don't know why we no longer have writers like Bano Qudsiyah and novels like raja gidh. We have done something seriously wrong with our literature. Now every novel has a same story line of a spoiled rich boy falling in love with a religious girl and himself turning into a "molvi" as a result. Almost every novel follows a religious theme with a super pious girl who knows nothing about the world. I mean why are we turning into such religion snobs. I do not have anything against religion, but not ...more
Yusra Hussain
Apr 29, 2015 Yusra Hussain rated it it was amazing
This is a book with so deep a meaning, it's going to take a while for you to absorb it. It shows the ugly vulturous nature of humans, we all are vultures here, feeding at our forbidden desires. What a strange species we are!
This book is about the never ending search of freedom, the search of death, the fear of death and the madness of it all.

A book that holds meaning, a lot of meaning.
Aug 14, 2016 Fraz rated it it was amazing
Read this book when I was in 9th standard some 8 years ago, This is the book that unhooked me from
kids story books and brought me to drown in the ocean of actual literature.
would definitely give it a re-read.
Satti Satti
Feb 25, 2015 Satti Satti rated it it was amazing
Wao I haven't words for this novel and more interestingly it just hold all my attention n interest on it wao what a novel superb
May 21, 2016 bia rated it really liked it
Raja Gidh. Where to start. I personally had a conflict going on in my head throughout the book whether I did like it or not, you know. At times, I did want to abandon it because I thought it was too dragged; too slow for my taste, especially because it takes me time to read Urdu novels.

But I'm glad to have read it. There are concepts, there's a story, there's a world in it that I wasn't much familiar with, I guess. Some of the scenes seemed to me as quite simple at first but, boy oh boy, they m
Hasnain Bahleem
Aug 16, 2016 Hasnain Bahleem rated it it was ok
Raja Gidh by Bano Qudsia is an urdu novel. Gidh is the Urdu word for a vulture and Raja is a Hindi synonym for king. The name anticipates the kingdom of vultures. In fact, parallel to the main plot of the novel, an allegorical story of such a kingdom is narrated.The metaphor of the vulture as an animal feeding mostly on the carcasses of dead animals is employed to portray the trespassing of ethical limits imposed by the society or by the religion.Hailing from an upper-middle-class family, Seemi ...more
Mohammad Anas
Aug 24, 2014 Mohammad Anas rated it really liked it

First of all I wanted to share that this is my first Urdu book. It took me 3 Days to gulp down this roller coaster of Philosophy and Sadness.

This book left the impact just as the movie "Requiem for a Dream" did. It is a strong book with strong ideas. On the Storyline side, this book was weak. Its strength lies in Philosophical ideas shared by various Characters.

This is about Qayyum (Narrator) who goes through various stages of life and learn and observe 4 different causes of madness. Parallel

Zulfiqar Ahmad
Feb 17, 2014 Zulfiqar Ahmad rated it it was amazing
Bano Qudsiyah is well know great writer and Raja Ghidh is her greatest contribution in urdu Literature. The book led me to 'من چلے کا سودا' and then to 'zavia'.Raja Ghidh is different due to it's unique style and subject matter. Bano Qudsiyah puts forward the theory of genetic mutation in relation to the Islamic concept of 'Halal o Haram' and it's implications in today's world.The novel itself is an allegorical representation of vultures' kingdom where the metaphor 'vulture ' feeds and relies on ...more
Ayesha U
Jul 24, 2013 Ayesha U rated it it was amazing
It is a totally enthralling journey of three class fellows, of unrequited love, desire and lust. If you are a fan of Urdu literature then don't miss it.
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Raja Gidh discussed! 1 10 Dec 09, 2015 04:17AM  
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  • Shahabnama / شھاب نامہ
  • نسخہ ہائے وفا [Nuskha-ha-e-Wafa]
  • Urdu Ki Akhri Kitaab
  • River of Fire: Aag Ka Darya
  • پطرس کے مضامین
  • پیر کامل (Peer-e-Kamil)
  • اُندلس میں اجنبی [Undalas Main Ajnabi]
  • Udaas Naslain [اُداس نسلیں]
  • منٹو نامہ [Manto Nama]
  • Shikwa and Jawab-i-Shikwa (Complaint and Answer)
  • مصحف [Mus'haf]
Bano Qudsia (Punjabi, Urdu: بانو قدسیه) is a writer, intellectual, playwright and spiritualist from Pakistan who wrote Urdu novels and short stories regarded among the best Urdu novelists and short story writers of modern times. She is best known for her novel Raja Gidh. She has written for television and stage in both the Urdu and Punjabi languages. Bano Qudsia is recognized as a trendsetter in t ...more
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