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Khanriffah kala jadu means black magic and bad peoples use it to tease other peoples by the help of ghosts and sprits Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3.
Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Sep 01, Osama Siddique rated it liked it Shelves: urdu-fiction. During the s and 80s Pakistan used to have a vibrant culture of digests in Urdu. Though they varied in quality from pulp to the almost literary the vast range and variety pointed to a rich reading culture.
From small corner book stores selling colorful stationery and novels with garish and sensational covers to stalls at bus stops and sleep, dimly lit, railway stations, they catered to a lower middle and middle class clientele that sought entertainment, instruction and escape. Sayyara Digest During the s and 80s Pakistan used to have a vibrant culture of digests in Urdu. Sayyara Digest, Alami Digest, Hikayat, Urdu Digest, Suspense Digest, Khawateen Digest etc were some of the more prominent periodicals that often carried quality fiction including lots of superb translations covering diverse sub-genres horror, adventure, hunting, espionage, thrillers, crime, romance, occult, historical fiction etc.
Some of the Urdu translations of famous English short fiction that I read during that period stood the test of time and a few actually read better than the original as I discovered after I had read them in the original.
During this heyday of popular local Urdu writing and translations writing it was common for even known writers to serialize their stories in digests. And then there were others who specialized in writing for digests. Amongst them was M. Rahat - with many standalone publications that were initially serialized - who had and continues to have a cult following for his writings in the realms of horror, super-natural and the occult.
As my interest shifted back to local popular literature and due to the strong recommendation of a friend and fellow writer who gifted me a copy I recently went back to it. I must confess that I was somewhat skeptical because all said and done having spent many years savoring known literary classics a lot of such writing appears amateurish in multiple ways. Further, the garish titles and poor printing further undermines the value of such books.
However, I figured that as long as one is not looking at books such as these with literary exactitude there can be much on offer in terms of themes, local details, and capturing of a certain time and place. Set in pre-independence northern India, the novel's antagonist and most memorable character is the powerful black magic practitioner and shapeshifter called Bhurya Charan - a malevolent being at an advanced stage of skill who is capable of much mischief and mayhem through the dark arts.
His demonic followers are called beer and they too can take on many forms and perform various magical tasks, but their characteristic form is that of spiders. The novel's protagonist - a young man called Masood - approaches him to acquire prescience for making a fortune in games of chance.
To his growing horror he soon finds himself inextricably embroiled in something he can no longer escape and for a price that he is unwilling to pay as Bhurya Charan forces him to do his bidding so that the sorcerer can advance to a higher level in the rankings amongst the practitioners of the dark arts.
We are provided various details about these rankings and the powers associated with these as well as the ordeals, unclean rituals and stages that need to be undergone to achieve these. Bhurya Charan, we are told, is a Padam Shankha and wants to become a Khandola a status no sorcerer is known to have achieved and survived according to local sorcerer lore.
The task involves placing a small animate clay figurine embodying Bhurya Charan in a niche of the tomb of an elevated saint. Masood discover himself unable to the task as hidden forces impede his progress and he soon sees the error of his ways. Thereafter unfolds a series of torments and tribulations that he has to face as the vengeful Bhurya Charan pursues and hounds him for his betrayal. Separated from his family, forced into committing crimes, and on the run from the law enforcers, Masood finds himself fleeing from one city to another, crossing one wilderness after another, as Bhurya Charan and his unclean disciples pursue and torment him.
What is perhaps most distinctively interesting about this rambling tale are the insights the author provides into the practice of black magic that he claims to have learnt after consulting some known practitioners and local legend and lore - how sorcerer's enslave various mysterious creatures to do their bidding, the unclean processes and elaborate rituals that they have to undergo, and the powers that they eventually master.
Equally poignant is the on-going battle between spirituality and the occult as Masood starts seeking refuge in God and holy men with their miraculous powers. Ultimately he starts finding solace and relief in his concerted attempts at seeking penance and redemption through good deeds, self-abnegation, public service and prayer.
As time passes he finds himself more and more equipped to fightback against Bhurya Charan and his creatures and carve out a new life for himself. There are fascinating vignettes about the mysterious way of life, communication and mutual support by those following the sufic path as well as their ranks and miraculous capabilities which they employ in the service of good.
From a stylistic and literary value the novel leaves a lot to be desired - the writing is rushed and often awkward, there is far too much repetition especially of Masood's thoughts, apprehensions and internal conflicts, and the perspective on religion and spirituality is rather simplistic and staid. However, there are also passages that flow well and for popular fiction also discussions of crime, guilt, punishment and redemption that are compelling.
The novelist does have the ability to create a sense of menace and foreboding and some of the scenes are successfully creepy, and even scary. Kala Jadu is mostly set in the small towns and open spaces of UP and the characters speak poorbi, Urdu, Hindi and other North Indian dialects. While there is a clear equation of spirituality, goodness and pursuit of the right path with Islam the novel largely does not contain elements of bigotry when it comes to Hinduism and in that's sense it is enlightened for its genre, style and time.
As a matter of fact, it puts forward various Hindu characters that display great empathy, piety and kindness.
Much as Bhurya Charan and certain other nefarious entities are associated with the cults and broad culture of Hindu yogis and sadhus they are very clearly depicted as the aberrational and recalcitrant ones due to their pursuit of dark powers. Towards the end there is some conflation of events with the country seeking independence and emergence of India and Pakistan and the writer a rather one-sided account of massacres much like Khushwant Singh in Train to Pakistan which is rather jarring.
Ultimately, this popular bestseller is about a personal journey of sin, guilt, penance and redemption. The writer successfully conveys a deep and corroding sense of desperation as Masood takes one uncertain and often harrowing journey after another to unknown destinations while fleeing from the tentacles of Bhurya Charan before his perseverance finally bears fruit as one after another several mysterious figures come to his aid and help cement his faith and fortitude in order to overcome his nemesis.
Not a literary masterpiece by any stretch it is nevertheless an interesting, unique and rather strange book and has great value as a part of our popular culture as well as insight into popular interests and attitudes.
May 19, Hassan Ali rated it it was amazing. Jan 14, Muhammad Murad rated it it was amazing. A novel full of information regarding black magic; teaches patience, tolerance and sacrifice.
A must read for young restless souls i-e youth. Feb 22, Khanriffah rated it it was amazing. View 2 comments. Sep 12, Muqim Khan rated it it was amazing. It is a very nice book full of horror and thriller and teaches about the patience, faith in the religion surrounding two persons one searching wealth without hard work and second black magician, who wants to get more powers by using first.
I am sure once you start to read this book. Apr 09, Imran Khan rated it it was amazing. A Bildungsroman about a young man who's in search of wealth and fame. He then trapped into a world of Black Magic by an evil old Wizard, who wants to achieve his evil plans by this young man.
And then the novel details about the young man's courage, going painful experiences one after the other. View 1 comment. May 15, Muhammad Ehsan rated it it was amazing. Masterpiece of Urdu novel by M. A Rahat. If you are looking for thrill, suspense, horror and adventure combined in one novel, this is the one to read. Curiosity does not cease till end. Highly recommended! Apr 01, Ali Khan rated it it was amazing. Aug 27, Abdul Razaq rated it liked it. Nov 21, Muhammadali Ali rated it it was amazing Shelves: ccc , dnf.
Apr 15, Hanzalah added it. Dec 23, Nwab rated it it was amazing. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Very nice book it's very use full.. Oct 26, Mohsin Nisar marked it as to-read. It must be good and find solution to my problem. Aug 13, Abdullah Ali rated it it was amazing. Oct 22, Malaika rated it it was amazing.
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