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Title : Dastak Na Do / دستک نہ دو
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ISBN : 969000526X
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 787 Pages
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Dastak Na Do / دستک نہ دو Reviews

  • Sara Saif
    2019-05-14 10:14

    دوسروں کو جان لينا دانائ ہےليکن اپنی حقيقت سے باخبر ہونا روشن ضميری کی دليل ہےانسانوں کو زير کرنے والے کو غالب کہا جاتا ہےمگر نفس امّارہ کو مغلوب کرنے والادرحقيقت قوی و قادر کہلانے کا مستحق ہےDastak Na Do (Don’t Knock) is a sweet and poignant family saga that spans approximately a decade, mostly in the years before the division of the sub-continent and a few years after. The family in question is Jahangir Mirza’s, a landlord, and his five children; Shehryaar, Saulat, Bakhtyaar, Arjumand and Geeti, the main character.It’s just one of those tales you could read forever, simple, delightful, lyrical and hypnotic. The old Urdu dialect is refreshing and amusing to read. I feel like comparing this to The Bear and the Nightingale. The two books are similar in more than one way. They’re both slow-moving; time passes gradually and gracefully. Both focus on family relationships and family life with little emphasis on romance. The heads of family in both books are adorable and caring landlords who are also wonderful fathers, the protagonist has loving and understanding brothers and most important of all, they both are the coming of age story of a headstrong girl, Bear and the Nightingale’s Vasya to Dastak Na Do’s Geeti Aara.Like Vasya, Geeti is one of a kind, a girl different in her way of thinking and behavior from the people around her. She’s confident, honest, speaks her mind, is under constant scrutiny because of her otherness. Not necessarily having a beautiful face but a beautiful and kind heart. Geeti, like Vasya, was immensely likeable and worth rooting for. Safdar Yaseen, also known as Liu Cho, a Chinese native who comes to Pakistan to earn and provide for his family, is another pivotal character in the story. He was the only one who ever truly understood Geeti besides, perhaps, her father. Theirs was the most interesting dynamic in the book.My OTP didn’t happen and that is the only thing that upset me. Geeti’s unexpected choice of a partner was…sad, not unlike her but sad all the same. The epilogue was bittersweet as epilogues usually are.Dastak Na Do was a lovely and impactful book, one that I solemnly vow I’ll never forget.ايک غمزدہ انسان جب اور بھی غمزدہ ہو جاتا ہے تو دلوں سے اس کے غم کا احترام بھی اٹھ جاتا ہے۔ وہ اس کے غم کے احساس کو بھی کھو ديتے ہيں۔

  • Mahreen
    2019-05-17 04:53

    I could go on and onnn in this review keeping in view the fact that much of my 9th grade was spent discussing this novel in First Language Urdu, but I won't. This was the second Urdu novel that I read and after this very few have followed thus I'm in no position to discuss the intricacies of Urdu Literature but I will praise this book and author where it is deserved, and deserve it does.Altaf Fatima has pulled off a glaringly realistic look at the norms prevailing in our part of the world and in human nature in general. Seeing that this book is set around the time of partition, it also gives glimpses into those times and also of foreign land, China. Ironically, China seems to have come out of its many problems that plagued it at that time while we are still languishing in ours. I read this book three times, at first it came off as excessively long, at the second time things kept peeking out of the story urging me to look deeper and third time I literally drowned. At last I could see the many things Altaf Fatima had made painfully true and endearing to the reader. And that's when I truly realized the meaning of the title, and boy was I blown? Chinaman is the best, and most real character and... and.. my vocabulary fails me. You just have to read and understand it to know.The book looks at things through Gaiti's character, who makes the first impression as an unfearing and complicated girl but by the end the realities of life leave her just as vulnerable as anyone else. There are a number of characters who's rise and downfalls in life are shown mostly concerning Gaiti's family and people she meets as her life story proceeds. And Chinaman the other central character is our window to the foreign land and the voice of sense in Gaiti's life and the one who has to sacrifice because of the burden of life on his young shoulders. And his hesitance.Is it possible to go to the depths of most of the characters in one book and still be able to express it truly and beautifully? Altaf Fatima does just that and this is one of the things makes Dastak na do so real. I might not have read much Urdu literature but plenty of poetry I have, both ghazal and nazm and have come to the conclusion that the range of expression in Urdu is simple extraordinary. Sadly today, we are butchering this beautiful language.The story is quite overwhelming at the beginning (and this is not the first fifty pages. This is the first two hundred pages) and I found myself wondering what does the author intend to do with all these stray strands? Altaf Fatima weaves everything into a single rosary of pearls. Literally. You might think as I did, that how will the author be able to pull off an ending as good as the story the whole book was, but she does and it is the smoothest, simplest and most profound I have ever read!There is no other way to put it, it's just beautiful. Everyone should read this story, it's not just a literary masterpiece, it's a compilation of life.

  • ahmadafridi
    2019-05-06 06:01

    پتہ نہیں الطاف فاطمہ کا نام اردو ادب میں اتنے مجرمانہ حد تک گمنام کیوں ہے ..پہاڑ کے دامن میں واقع سرکاری بنگلے میں رہنے والے خاندان کی کہانی . خاندان کا ہر فرد منفرد عادات کا حامل .ہر کردار کی خوبصورت کردار نگاری جو رفتہ رفتہ نئے رموز آشکار کرتی ہے . چائنا مین صفدر یاسین جیسا معصوم اور حوادث کی بھٹی میں کندن بنا کردار ، جو روزمرہ کی استمعال کی اشیاء کی قیمت پر بحث کرتے کرتے لاؤتزے کا فلسفہ سمجھانے لگتاہے . مزاحیہ شکلیں بنا کر محظوظ کرنے والا صفدر یٰسین وقت آنے پر زندگی گزرنے کے طور طریقے بتایا کرتا ہے ... گیتی آرا جیسا باغی اور مہم جو کردار. دل میں کچھ نہ رکھنے والی . اسی وجہ سے اماں بیگم کے عتاب کا شکار جو بجاۓ سدھرنے مزید بگڑ جاتی ہے اپنی جڑواں بہن سے عادات میں بلکل الٹ . زندگی کو بغیر کسی روک ٹوک اور معاشرے کے لگاۓ قیود سے ماورا جینا چاہتیہے . اماں بیگم جیسی ضدی اور مال و دولت کو ہر چیز کی کسوٹی قرار دینے والی عورت .انکے رشتہ دار جو ان کی طرح امیر نہیں . تقسیم ہند اور دوسری جنگ عظیم کے زمانے کی لکھنو میں پروان چڑھتی کہانی جس پر ان حالات کا گہرا اثر ہوتا ہے . کہانی عشق و محبت کے راستے میں رکاوٹ بننے والے زات پات اور مال و دولت کی کشمکش کے گرد گھومتی ہے . عورتوں کا کردار کافی مضبوط دکھایا گیا ہے اور ناول کے زیادہ تر حصّے پر حاوی ہیں . . چینی ادب کی چھاپ اور صفدر کی صورت میں چینی کردار ہندوستان کے ساتھ ساتھ چین میں اس وقت کے نیچلے اور درمیانے طبقے کے حالات زندگی پر بھی رشنی ڈالتی تحریر . سرحدوں سے ماورا منحت کش طبقے کے مسائل اور کیسے وہ مسائل بچوں سے ان کا بچپن چھین لیتا ہے ..اردو ادب کے کسی بھی قاری کو یہ کتاب پسند آ جائے گی

  • Rija
    2019-05-13 10:14

    This is definitely my favourite Urdu book.It transports you to an absolutely different time and walks you through it, step by step. Gaiti Araa is an inspiration. Brilliantly written. Excellent story-telling.I recommend it to anyone who knows Urdu language. This one is a must-read for sure.

  • Ekrah Afridi
    2019-05-23 04:46

    My first book of Altaf Fatima ... When I started it I get bored even only at the first 2,3 pages but I continue hoping it might turn out interesting. And in the middle of the book, I realized that I wasn't reading but I was actually sitting at the end of the corridor of the Mughal family in 1940s India while the family was walking through their lives infront of my eyes. I caught myself smiling at naughty brat Giti as she was fighting with the other kids. I wonder what magic altaf Fatima's pen holds! the words took me with itself and I wanted to read again and again. The beauty of the words and I read this book for atleast 3, 4 times.It felt like as if every character is whispering me their story.The concern about social staus and wealth of the ignorant mother and elegant eldest daughter and the rebel nature of giti always takes it to the peak. The silent china-man, ofcourse this, is the type character that simply touches the reader.We all are humans, no matter what but at the end, we all want to dance with love. Human nature and social behavior so sublimely discussed. Indeed, this is the charm of Altaf Fatima to bring everything and yet make it striking Every word, every chapter will make you captive, such a profound novel it is!. "You know what this hand says", he asked that little girl "Do not knock and the door shall be opened for you." Taking the odd answer in her wondering head she ran toward her mother.

  • Salman Khalid
    2019-05-06 07:09

    اچھی کتاب بھی کیا بُری شے ہے۔یہ ادھار لیا ہوا جملہ ہے کیونکہ فی الحال میں اس کتاب کے ٹرانس میں ہوں اور کچھ موزوں سوجھ نہیں رہا۔ ایک شناسا نے صحیح کہا کہ الطاف فاطمہ کا نام اتنے مجرمانہ حد تک کیوں گمنام ہے۔ اس کی وجہ شاید یہ ہو کہ مذکورا ناول اپنے وقت سے بہت پہلے لکھ دیا گیا ہے۔ کہا جاتا ہے اردو میں اچھے ناولز کی کمی ہے۔ ۔ ۔ ہوگی، مگر کہنے والے نے 'دستک نہ دو' پڑھا ہوگا یا نہیں، یہ کہنا مشکل ہے۔ایک بھرا پُرا خاندان، خاندان میں ایک امیر کبیر گھرانہ اور اس گھرانے کے گرد بُنا یہ جال۔ ۔ ۔ جس میں قاری پھنسے تو دل کرتا ہے رہائی نہ ہو۔ تمام کردار ہماری اپنی کمزوریوں کے عکاس۔ ۔ ۔ مرکزی کردار گیتی اور اماں بیگم تو یوں سمجھیں کہ ہر گھر میں پائے جاتے ہیں۔ اور جس فطری انداز سے کرداروں کی اٹھان کرکے انجام تک لایا گیا ہے وہ پڑھنے والے کا درِ دل وا نہ بھی کرے تو اس پر دستک ضرور دے گا۔اور کہانی کی زبان۔ ۔ ۔ دلّی کی زبان کہتے ہیں سات نسلوں بعد جاکر نصیب ہوتی ہے۔ ۔ ۔ اس زبان کا پرتو ہلکا ہلکا اس کتاب میں ملتا ہے۔ اور اردو سے تو ہمیں ویسے بھی محبت ہے چہ جائیکہ اہل زبان کی اردو۔قیام پاکستان سے پہلے کی اور خالصتاً دیسی منظر نگاری ۔ ۔ ۔ پہاڑ کا دامن۔ بڑی حویلی۔ اس کے گرد کنواں، اس میں چھپ چھپ چلتی مشین، ایک چھپر اور باغ۔ مولسری، ہار سنگھار، چمپا اور کمرخ کے پیڑ۔ بیلا، گلاب، چنبیلی کی بیلیں اور برکھا رُت۔ ایسے دل کش مناظر کہ چشمِ خیال مبہوت رہ جائے۔آغاز میں مجھے لگا تھا کہ یہ ناول بہت طویل ہے۔ جب اختتام پر پہنچا تو ملال ہوا کہ ختم کیوں ہورہا ہے۔ اور طویل کیوں نہیں ہو سکتا تھا۔ ۔ ۔ ادب کے شوقین ہر قاری کو اسے خود پر لازم کرنا چاہیئے۔

  • Fizah Abrar
    2019-05-15 04:49

    Truly an exceptional novel...Just love it...No doubt it is one of the best novels in Urdu literature...And definitely my favorite..Have read it about 17 times but still love to read it off and on..The characters of Geti and China-man(Liu Chu) are just beyond words.P.S this novel is simply LOVE and a MUST READ <3

  • Muzna Hina
    2019-05-17 09:00

    This is one of the few Urdu books that has a female protagonist and what sets this apart from others is that Gethy is 100% relatable! A person reading it in 2017 would still relate to her & she sets one bloody good example for us girls. Definitely recommend this to all girls, Urdu-speaking or not.

  • Saad Din
    2019-05-02 09:50

    apart from a Chinese character (china man) this is quiet a simple family saga based in Muslim India with a strong imprints of Quratul Ain Haider all over it

  • Gaurav Bhutani
    2019-04-27 12:49

    They say that translations don't do justice to the actual work. But Rukhsana Ahmad has done a truly commendable job in translating this novel. With a very apt title which is justified time and again in the the novel, 'The One Who Did Not Ask / Dastak na do' is primarily describing the dynamics of an upper caste Muslim family from pre-partition India. The writing style of Altaf Fatima (original author) is novel and distinct. The story revolves around a stobborn, carless girl - Gayathi who is not willing to conform to the social standards. Fatima takes us through a range of emotional experiences embedded in the social customs and traditions of a wealthy family. This is also a story full of contrasts - in terms of social status, wealth, power, thinking, love and expression. The story goes slow and microscopic in the first half and picks up pace thereafter. The last few pages can be described as flashes of events. A Chinese boy 'Liu Chiu' expresses Fatima's thoughts like a narrator although being very external to Gayathi's story. Fatima has introduced her literary gem very subtly but in the most apt setting.

  • Zoya Fateh muhammad
    2019-04-25 05:58

    Dastak Na Do, a wonderful novel which portrayed women as strong characters. It shows that women has great ability to not only make right decisions for themselves but can also deal in difficult circumstances with great courage and strength.Also, it's shows that true love is not about achieving someone, it's just about loving n caring someone without any demands n conditions. That's how Safdar, who belong to China, loves a Pakistani girl, Gheeti.In short, I really enjoyed while reading it.

  • Qurat
    2019-05-10 08:53

    If I could I would give it more stars: it is an absolute favorite. The tale is riveting, heart-rendering and most of all utterly human. The story branches out and each branch concludes beautifully. This is one book I can always go back to: it can bring a smile, or a tear or set me thinking. I love this book.

  • Mazhar Salam
    2019-04-23 07:06

    Dastak Na Do's original charm in Urdu cannot be translated and that is why English translation may not be able to impress the reader who cannot read Urdu. But Rukhsana Ahmad has done a great effort that manages to retain some of the magic in English. I think this is the closest one can get for a novel like Dastak Na Do.

  • Fareeha Mahmood
    2019-05-19 06:04

    I read Dastak na do for O-Levels Urdu (well for the first time. :P). It is a great story. The character of Safdar Yaseen is very interesting. It is a deep, pre-partition novel which depicts our society and culture very well. It takes you back in time and makes you journey with the characters to see how their lives change. Its a must read. I loved it. Beautiful work by Altaf Fatima.

  • بینش بھٹہ
    2019-05-20 06:03

    one of the best novels i have read!! a combo of good language and plot

  • Asma Ghaffar
    2019-05-02 11:52

    Read altaf Fatima for da first time n i wz lost...

  • Alishba
    2019-05-16 09:13

    awesome novel