By Sudha Koul
If you happen to affiliate Kashmir with the violence that has claimed tens of hundreds of thousands of lives, Koul's stunning elegiac memoir The Tiger women indicates that the remoted vale within the Himalayas was once a heaven ahead of it turned a hell...Koul succeeds via sensuous aspect in summoning the vanished Kashmir, the single of rainbow days and transparent mountains and Hindus dwelling peacefully with Muslims.
—Bryan Walsh, Time journal (Asian edition)
The first memoir a couple of woman's event in Kashmir, some of the most unstable and inviting areas at the globe
The Tiger girls offers Kashmir during the lives of 4 generations of ladies. Skillfully interweaving the tale of her relatives with the tale of the gods and goddesses, myths and historical past of this wealthy and particular society, Sudha Koul finds how the ladies of her zone have attained their amazing 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, usually the top caste of Hindus. The Hindus, even though a tiny minority of Kashmir's inhabitants, lived in nice concord with Muslims, major intertwined lives within the similar cultural cloth. Kashmiris have been remoted of their valley and loved a tradition so numerous to the other in India that they have been mostly unaffected via what used to be occurring on the earth round them. The 1947 partition of India and the increase of fundamentalism has grew to become Kashmir, as soon as referred to as "Paradise on the earth" by way of 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, choked with the textures, tastes, and magical stories of a far off, every now and then contradictory international. She appears ahead to an prepared marriage whereas finishing her graduate schooling, at the same time she turns into a Justice of the Peace; and, in any case, Koul's marriage proves either loving and enduring.
As she makes transparent during this memoir, it used to be no longer her Muslim acquaintances who tore her valley aside yet "outside" political forces and non secular ideologies, reflecting the tragic advancements that experience marked lots of the world's unrest in fresh a long time.