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Red Maize

Red Maize

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In the village of Morha Madana, overlooking the Chenab, the joys of harvesting ripe maize get sullied when, one summer,gun-toting militants of the tanzeem start swarming the hills. As the militants fight in the name of azadi, the villagers'lives are shaken and torn apart. Charmed by the call of jihad,Shakeel, the second of the three sons of widow Kausar Jaan,becomes the first to turn a mujahid. Soon, the dreaded area commander, Major Rathore of the Indian Army, decides that Shakeel's decimation is his only way of regaining the respect of his fellow officers and his ticket back to a peace station. Thus begins the tale of woe of his mother and brothers. Eventually Kausar Jaan becomes the symbol of Kashmir caught in the crossfire between separatists and the army.Red Maize is the poignant tale of a mother's dilemma as she mutely witnesses the maize crops in her backyard get stained with the blood of her sons. It is also the chronicle of a paradise lost but never regained. In the village of Morha Madana, overlooking the Chenab, the joys of harvesting ripe maize get sullied when, one summer,gun-toting militants of the tanzeem start swarming the hills. As the militants fight in the name of azadi, the villagers'lives are shaken and torn apart. Charmed by the call of jihad,Shakeel, the second of the three sons of widow Kausar Jaan,becomes the first to turn a mujahid. Soon, the dreaded area commander, Major Rathore of the Indian Army, decides that Shakeel's decimation is his only way of regaining the respect of his fellow officers and his ticket back to a peace station. Thus begins the tale of woe of his mother and brothers. Eventually Kausar Jaan becomes the symbol of Kashmir caught in the crossfire between separatists and the army.Red Maize is the poignant tale of a mother's dilemma as she mutely witnesses the maize crops in her backyard get stained with the blood of her sons. It is also the chronicle of a paradise lost but never regained.


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An Amazon Rising Star of Spring 2016: Danish Rana’s powerful debut novel Red Maize is a brutal examination of Kashmir, a land that is caught between the Indian army and the terrorists, where suffering, hatred and ghastly violence is altogether common.

The story chronicles the battle between the Indian military led by Colonel Rathore and gun-toting militants, led for the most part by a local boy named Shakeel, the second son of a local widow named Kausar Jan, who is drawn to the call for jihad preached by the terrorists. Shakeel commands an unnamed unit and is responsible for orchestrating fidayeen strikes and bomb blasts. Colonel Rathore is determined to bring about Shakeel’s end once and for all, and return to the relative peace of Jaipur, where he can go on with a normal life.

In the ensuing battle between the two, many lives are lost. Innocent men and women are tortured and raped and houses get blown to smithereens. The writer chronicles in vivid detail the dire human cost of war and the brutal reality of life under military rule.

The atmosphere, setting and conflict of the book remain authentic to the place and its people, the writer is currently the Inspector General, Jammu Range, and therefore well versed with the region. The writer paints a powerful, gut wrenching portrait of how both the military and the militants have spilled enough blood to turn the cheerful golden hue of the maize harvested in the Kashmir valley into a dark crimson red. -Amazon.in Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Danesh Rana is an Indian Police Service officer of the Jammu and Kashmir cadre.Having seen the conflict closely, the author tries to depict the painful nuances of a colossal human tragedy of our times.


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Author Danesh Rana
Publisher Harper Collins
Language English
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