By Sudha Koul
If you happen to affiliate Kashmir with the violence that has claimed tens of hundreds of thousands of lives, Koul's gorgeous elegiac memoir The Tiger women exhibits that the remoted vale within the Himalayas was once a heaven sooner than it grew to become a hell...Koul succeeds via sensuous aspect in summoning the vanished Kashmir, the only of rainbow days and transparent mountains and Hindus dwelling peacefully with Muslims.
—Bryan Walsh, Time journal (Asian edition)
The first memoir a few woman's adventure in Kashmir, probably the most risky and inviting locations at the globe
The Tiger girls offers Kashmir throughout the lives of 4 generations of ladies. Skillfully interweaving the tale of her family members with the tale of the gods and goddesses, myths and historical past of this wealthy and particular society, Sudha Koul unearths how the ladies of her sector have attained their impressive energy and position of their culture—and what a desirable tradition it is.
Like Indira Gandhi and her father, Jawaharlal Nehru, Koul is a Kashmiri Brahmin, ordinarily the top caste of Hindus. The Hindus, notwithstanding a tiny minority of Kashmir's inhabitants, lived in nice concord with Muslims, top intertwined lives within the comparable cultural cloth. Kashmiris have been remoted of their valley and loved a tradition so numerous to the other in India that they have been principally unaffected by way of what used to be taking place on the earth round them. The 1947 partition of India and the increase of fundamentalism has became Kashmir, as soon as referred to as "Paradise in the world" via Moghul emperor Jehangir, right into a non secular and political inferno.
Koul grew up immersed within the colourful legends and rituals of Kashmiri lifestyles, now imperiled for Hindus and Muslims. Her tale is that of a misplaced Eden, jam-packed with the textures, tastes, and magical stories of , now and then contradictory global. She appears to be like ahead to an prepared marriage whereas finishing her graduate schooling, whilst she turns into a Justice of the Peace; and, in spite of everything, Koul's marriage proves either loving and enduring.
As she makes transparent during this memoir, it used to be no longer her Muslim associates who tore her valley aside yet "outside" political forces and spiritual ideologies, reflecting the tragic advancements that experience marked a lot of the world's unrest in contemporary many years.