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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25  ·  rating details  ·  746 ratings  ·  50 reviews
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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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...
Tariq Mahmood
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.....
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 :)
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
I wish i could give more stars to this book!
Its a master piece in urdu literature
There must B a GIDH in u 2 understand RAJA GIDH. . .
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
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!
Hamid Raza
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.
Rao Sarfaraz
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.
Ubaid Talpur
اگر چے یی کتاب ١٩٨١ میں پہلی بار چھپی اور میں اسکا ٣١واں ایڈیشن پڑھ رہا ہوں پر میں یہ محسو س کرہا ہوں ک یہ اسی دور ٢٠١٤ 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 انس ...more
Mohammad Anas

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
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
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.
Saima Waqar
Its a beautifully written book by Bano Qudsia.a master piece of Urdu writing...
Raja gidh is a classic novel and i learnt a lot from this book
Ftm sair
i cant say any word about the book , RAJA GIDH........
Shahzad Ahmed
The best description of a human daily fight with himself.
I have no words to express this book!!
Jan 04, 2012 Sadaf rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sadaf by: Rashid Aman
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One of the best books I'v ever read.
Masooma Batool
bohttttttttt aaaaaallllllllaaaaaaaaa
Kashif Zafar
Book that changed my thoughts!
Zahid Anwar
One of the best books I have ever read.
Master piece
Aamir Shahzad
Nadeem Arain
5 star. Its philosophical. There's a philosophy of HARAAM and HALAAL. And how it affects our generations. How a vulture never realizes the negatives of haraam while utilizing it. This is a beautiful read for those who love philosophy colored with rules of Islam. Bano Qudsia did a very good job. She couldn't have done it better.
Shoiab Safdar
اردو کے بہرتین ناولوں میں سے ایک۔ ۔ ہر دور کی نسل کے لئے۔
Fakhir Faraz
Bohot He Acha Novel Hai Parnay Mein Bohot Maza Aya <3
Saba Majeed
First book i read... and i am a book reader now...
Muhammad Ahmed
Excellent novel, read it many many times.
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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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