Rameez Gilani: Author of Rizan
‘Rizan a novel’ celebrates philosophy and history in fiction
Review by Nasir Hamid
Rizan is a Hands down master piece by author Rameez Gilani set in 1960‘s. I personally finished the books in two days (a first for me).
The book starts its journey from a village in Kashmir where the protagonist Rizan lives with his family. The author has depicted Rizan’s childhood, his relationship with his family especially with his father through many elaborate interesting scenes and a few engrossing close conversations between him and his father. However the pivot first quarter of the book revolves around is Rizan’s love Sehrim. A girl who Rizan bumps into at his college and a series of interesting events unfold subsequently.
A few chapters later the book takes a completely different turn, almost unexpected yet connected which is mostly about the politics of Pakistan (interestingly book doesn’t read the word Pakistan anywhere). This is where the book becomes totally unputdownable. Rizan due to his intelligence and curious nature finds himself in what could be only called a political struggle where he not only fights his memories of Kashmir but also some huge prominent politicians of his time, his struggle leading to the emancipation of a group of women under oppression.
Finally the book reaches its zenith in London where all the efforts of Rizan seem to have been paid off, giving a firm example of how different struggles in life lead to what we become eventually.
It’s an entertainer in toto. Short yet comprehensive, a beautiful Novel indeed.
2015 Kashmir Despatch