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Our Moon Has Blood Clots: The Exodus of the Kashmiri Pandits

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Rahul Pandita was fourteen years old in 1990 when he was forced to leave his home in Srinagar along with his family, who were Kashmiri Pandits: the Hindu minority within a Muslim majority Kashmir that was becoming increasingly agitated with the cries of ‘Azadi’ from India. The heartbreaking story of Kashmir has so far been told through the prism of the brutality of the Ind ...more
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Published January 22nd 2013 by Random House India (first published January 1st 2013)
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Apr 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Open and unbiased minds only
I lie in my bed. Turn the last page of the book. Gently put it down on the side. Infuriated and devastated. Immobility seeps in. Disillusionment. Close my eyes in defiance of the world around me. No. In hopelessness. No. In anger. Give up. Deep breath. Reminisce about MY home. That mango tree in the backyard because it's summer. The weight of raw mangoes is too much for it to bear so it sheds a few in the night and stands tall each morning as if it knows nothing about the bed of green sprawled a ...more
Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing

After false starting writing a review of this book so many times, I somehow get past the anxiety of saying what I wanted to say. Say it here.
And with a simple hope, of someone picking up this book and reading it. Not because of this review only, but because of this review too.

The inheritance of void

The moment I looked back for the first time to call some place my home. A home where I inherited belongings of my father, who inherited those from his, and was faced with a void. Still etched in my me
Ashish Iyer
It was a heart wrenching book. This is the book of the period, in which India, as a civilization, faced 'existential' crisis, where it became a sin to be a Hindu, and traitors organised a deadly Holocaust. Thank you author for bringing to light the suffering of a community that was completely ignored. Even now whenever it is mentioned it is to compare it with some other tragedy and not on independent terms. The liberals use it as a point to argue upon but no one has done anything for the communi ...more
Mar 05, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a poignant memoir. Rahul Pandita grew up Kashmir in the 1990s. As his name suggests, he is a Kashmiri Pandit. In Kashmir Valley, Muslims are in majority whereas Hindus constitute a small minority. The harsh Indian policies against Muslims have not only alienated them; they have made Muslims hostile toward Hindu Pandits. They see Hindus as stooges of the Indian Govt. The situation turned so bad that since the early 1990s Hindu pandits had to leave Kashmir––a place that had been their home ...more
Nov 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir, favorites
Rahul Pandita narrates a spellbinding tale of the exodus of Hindus from the Indian-administered Kashmir. Read the complete review here ...more
Saburi Pandit
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing

'... and an an earlier time when the flowers were not stained
with blood, the moon with blood clots!'

To understand the author's viewpoint Please watch this interview of Rahul Pandita.

Our Moon Has Blood Clots by Rahul Pandita is the truth of the life that Kashmiri Pandits have lived, their exile, their ancestral history, discrimination that has been part of their life, since the 14th century.

Rahul Pandta has written an insightful, and easy to read history
Mar 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
It was a venom-spouting Twitter's Kashmiri Sunni community that first piqued my interest in this book. I was curious who and what had evoked thier hatred and ire. They were maligning Pandita and then a careful following of the conversation guided me to the book. I found various Kashmiri underground sites reviewing the book to discredit it. Like a true 'liberal majority', I felt Rahul Pandita may have written a provoking book.

Another reason to read this book was when I read Basharat Peer's Curfew
Nandakishore Varma
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoirs
… and an earlier time when the flowers were not stained with blood, the moon with blood clots!
—Pablo Neruda, ‘Oh, My Lost City’
The story of Kashmiri Pandits is a sordid chapter in the ongoing tragic epic of Kashmir. Persecuted by Islamic fundamentalists, disowned by their own state, and largely ignored by the union government, they subsist on the fringes of India: this, even after two of the most famous Prime Ministers of the country (Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi) being from their communi
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is one of those books which feels awkward to rate. How do you rate a person’s experience with tortures, murders and forced exile? When I was little I would sometimes see my mother get this faraway look in her eyes as if she was in a trance. I’d tug on her arm and ask her what she was looking at, what was she thinking? She’d reluctantly shake her head and say, “home, I was thinking of home.” No matter how I begged her to say more she would insist it was best to forget the past. She didn’t ha ...more
Dr. Nawal
Mar 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
When I opened the book, I already knew it would be a sad tale of atrocities. A gut-wrenching story of broken homes...broken dreams...broken lives.

What I did not expect was the heart-ache I felt deep I became one with the families whose stories have been told. Several times, I felt like calling my bhabhi, who's a Kashmiri Pandit herself but I stopped myself short. I kept wondering if she too had lost a loved one? If she too wanted to forget the exodus? If she still felt homeless in o
Elsa Rajan Pradhananga
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
The book is a mind numbing first-hand account of the mass exodus of Kashmiri Pandits in 1990. Chronicles of the persecution of Hindus in the region beginning in the 9th century has been touched upon in the initial pages of the book. But such was the extent of suppression the Pandits experienced, that as a child the author refused to wear a sacred thread around his shoulder that would identify him as a Pandit because it was common knowledge in the valley that ‘Nobody was expected to lose to a Kas ...more
Kaul Ravinder
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The moment I open the book and my eyes rest on the first lines ‘They found the old man dead in his torn tent, with a pack of chilled milk pressed against his right cheek. It was our first June in exile, and the heat felt like a blow in the back of the head’, a lump is formed in my throat. My eyes feel moist. It is with a great effort that I keep reading. But, after a while, it becomes too painful to continue. Even turning a page seems like a herculean task. I feel drained both emotionally and ph ...more
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Unlike popular belief, history is never set in stone. The 'new' reality keeps redrawing the contours of history till you can no longer distinguish facts from memories and narratives. This particular powerful narrative on the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits tells a tale that colors the paradise red.

Once I finished the book, I grew naturally curious about the reactions to the book. Needless to say the response varied from outright rejection and slander to propaganda for re-acquiring the homes of the Pa
Feb 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: emotional, patriotic
It was hard reading this book without a lump in my throat. Only a person who has thirsted for a permanent roof over his/ her head will be able to relate to the heart wrenching emotions Mr. Pandita has evoked so wonderfully in his passages.

As I went from one page to another, I felt that Mr. Pandita's forefathers were blessing every word of his with a force that is incomprehensible, a sort of painful love and regret that clutches you by the neck and stares into your soul demanding you to listen.
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The moving history of the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits that staggers into the vein and feeds on blood.
Eloquent, Heartfelt and accurate:
As someone who never went through the migration of 1990 but saw my family go through it, this book gives me a clear picture of how things occurred. The stories match what my parents, uncles and aunts have related to me over the years but it goes in to details that my family probably found it too painful to talk about.
My father refuses to read this's probably too difficult for him. And after reading the book myself, I understand. It's bare and raw and do
Jaasindah Mir
Mar 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: review-copies
Originally reviewed at my blog:

After having read and loved Basharat Peer’s memoir on Kashmir- Curfewed Night four years ago, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Rahul Pandita’s Our Moon Has Blood Clots when I heard about it. And the young Kashmiri in me never lets go any opportunity to know of the times my land and its people have gone through.
The book, Our Moon Has Blood Clots, as the blurb says is a memoir of a young Kashmiri Pandit, who was forced to
Vishesh Unni
Mar 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read this after Munnu, and together they show two different stories of Kashmir, the exodus and the butchering of Kashmiri Pandits, and iron fists of the Indian Army. It is fascinating, because both talk of oppression, both are based in the same place, yet both are narratives from seemingly opposite camps.

Krishna Sruthi Srivalsan
Jul 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was around ten when I first got an inkling about the exodus of the Kashmiri Pandits from the Valley. A friend and I were gossiping in the computer lab, whispering about a boy whom I rather fancied. My friend said he was from Kashmir- his family had to flee their homeland, and they came to the Doon Valley because their home was stolen; Doon reminded them of home. I shrugged the story away with the inattentiveness of a ten year old, and that was that. I left the Doon Valley a few months later, a ...more
Hira Fotedar
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is a personal memoir by the author, while growing up in the midst of Islamic terrorism in the eighties and early nineties in Kashmir Valley. It is a story of a minority Hindu community besieged by the Islamic Militants who were aided and abetted by ordinary Kashmiri Muslims, many their NEIGHBOURS to drive them out of their homes and hearths. Mr. Pandita describes how on the night of Jan 19, 1990 all Mosques in unison throughout the Kashmir valley ordered Kashmiri Hindus to leave Kashmi ...more
Conrad Barwa
Powerful memoir about a Kashmiri Pandit family that had to flee the valley in the ethnic cleansing of 1989-90. Pandita eloquently record the trauma and isolation of his community. It is painful also though to read, the rather one-sided history he presents of Kashmir; Muslims rulers are almost invariably presented as villains and intolerant oppressors of the Pandits in Kashmir, whereas the brutal Dogra rule of Gulab Singh and his descendants is captured in the one line that Muslims were treated ' ...more
Ranjani Srinivasan
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I remember an op-ed from the time I was probably 10 or 11. I read about Kashmiri kids my age that had hardly ever been to school. Stone pelting, pellet guns and militancy was their everyday. I only vaguely remember what I assimilated from the article - something about Hindus and Muslims, and borders and freedom. It didn't matter that kids much younger than me chanted slogans of azadi elsewhere; my circumstances rendered me "too young" to know, to understand.

Fast forward a decade and a half, it i
Shreya Thakur
Aug 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have been fascinated by Kashmir and everything related to it since i was nine, like the Paschmina shawl my mother has, the heavily embroidered salwar kameez she has, the paper machier handicrafts my grandfather had etc. I never miss a program or a story on TV if is showcasing Kashmir. I have never been to Kashmir and I have an yearning to visit the valley. Like all other things attached to Kashmir this conflict is something i wanted to know more about. So getting drawn towards this book just c ...more
Nidhi Mahajan
Jun 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kashmir, non-fiction
This is a very difficult book to review. I've been thinking and re-thinking about it, and I just haven't been able to collect the proper words. I put the book on the 'currently reading' list some time ago but only read a couple of pages then. Many days later, I finally had the courage to pick it up. I read it in a day. Despite the subject-matter, it was a very gripping and fast read.

The book is part non-fiction, part memoir in form. It is a very powerful read for it makes you think (Those are t
Mar 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When you read a book, on holocaust during the world war 2, riots and migrations during the partition of India and Pakistan, or any similar tragic genocide or exodus that happened in history, your heart fills with despair, pain and empathy. The pain becomes more acute when you read a victim or an eye-witness's account written in first person - you get transported to that time, to that place and feel the pain, the horror yourself.

The mass exodus of the Kashmiri Pandits in 1990 is much avoided top
Arathi Mohan
Nov 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: india, non-fiction
A real-life account of the harrowing exodus of the Kashmiri pandits from the valley in 1990. The author Rahul Pandita is a Red Cross award-winning news reporter for reporting from conflict zones like the Maoist hinterland in India(his book Hello, Bastar) and Kashmir. This time, he and his family are caught in the conflict. Leaving behind a 22-room house built with his father's hard-earned savings and Mother's bridal jewellery in Srinagar, his family is forced to migrate to Jammu, changing reside ...more
A Man Called Ove
A painful, personal saga of the wrongs repeatedly done against the Kashmiri Pandits in the Kashmir Valley. Be it 1947, be it the 1980s or earlier instances before 1947. Events that have been distorted by many, aided by the fact that Kashmir has a complex history.

Wrt secularism - In India whenever post-independence communals riots are mentioned, the worst riots (not riots actually, a planned ethnic cleansing) is NOT mentioned. If u adopt an apologetic , appeasing attitude, alongwith hiding the f
Sanjay Razdan
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
'Our moon has blood clots' by Rahul Pandita, a must read not only for all Kashmiri's to learn & self reflect but more important for everyone who believe in freedom of thought, liberty, equality & democratic value system so that such situation doesn't recur in their respective democratic countries for the future generations to come ...more
Shreya Vaid
Apr 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
"Our home in Kashmir had twenty-two rooms”, my mother used to say this thing to every person she met.

A mother who was in exile, who lost her home, her pride, her legion to survive the exodus of 1990 when Kashmiri Pandits were brutally murdered in Kashmir Valley. A time when she could not sleep at night because local mosques used to play Namaz at full volume, to drown the voice of mobs who gathered in the street and threatened Kashmiri Pandits to either leave the Valley or die.

A 14 year old boy w
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I don’t feel qualified enough to review this one hell of an emotional rollercoaster.

This is a firsthand narration situation leading up to and of the exodus of the Kashmiri Pandits. The author has documented his own family’s experience and that of those around him. The horrors that the people have faced are not entirely known and while some of us have the barest idea, the real picture is something that has never been openly painted before. Reading it now, from a young boy’s point of view and narr
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Rahul Pandita is an Indian author and journalist. Pandita has worked as a war correspondent, and is known for his ample news reporting from the war hit countries like Iraq and Sri Lanka. However, in the recent years, his focal point has been the Maoist movement in India's red corridor. He has also reported from North-Eastern India. He has worked with The Hindu, Open Magazine among other media orga ...more

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“During Aurangzeb’s rule, which lasted for forty-nine years from 1658 onwards, there were many phases during which Pandits were persecuted. One of his fourteen governors, Iftikhar Khan, who ruled for four years from 1671, was particularly brutal towards the community. It was during his rule that a group of Pandits approached the ninth Sikh Guru, Tegh Bahadur, in Punjab and begged him to save their faith. He told them to return to Kashmir and tell the Mughal rulers that if they could convert him (Tegh Bahadur), all Kashmiri Pandits would accept Islam. This later led to the Guru’s martyrdom, but the Pandits were saved.” 12 likes
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