She tells Ruswa about her childhood. In order to take revenge on him, Dilawar Khan kidnaps Amiran and takes her to Lucknow. On the way, she feels as if he will kill her. She is imprisoned with another girl namely Ram Dai. They are separated after they reach Lucknow.
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Culturally, I could not stop feeling extremely excited about finally being able to read this book. It touched on many parts of my Islamic heritage that brought back childhood memories draped in nostalgia. However, I felt that in the end this particular story resulted in being quite dense.
Urdu literature usually consists of rhythmic poetry. This is a key facet of the book. Without understanding the importance of this cultural practice, it is terribly difficult to absorb the vast majority of it. As I read on, I instinctively read the verses in Urdu in my mind. When translated into English, they lose some of their rhythmic appeal and may come off as a bit awkward to the ear. The biography reads similarly to Memoirs of a Geisha.
This cultural association really fascinated me very much! Lucknow India and Gion Japan are about thirty-five hundred miles apart, yet some of their cultural practices are virtually indistinguishable.
I love that whilst being vastly different on numerous levels, at the heart of it in certain regions, most Asian civilizations are inherently the same. Well, it goes to show you that artistic rituals of these localities in India are described in great detail. One of the best elements of Umrao Jan Ada is how much information you receive about Indian-Islamic culture pertaining to Lucknow and surrounding areas. You can see that large remnants of these customs are still alive today in, not just Islamic practices, but certain Indian customs as well, depending on the region of the country.
This is fantastic food for history buffs, or people who are interested in Asian studies like me! There are two things that I did not care for in the novel, and evidently it lowered my rating for it. The first, like I mentioned above, is that the writing starts to feel immensely dense about halfway through the title.
The unending descriptive of minute, gratuitous details imbues boredom. I felt that most of it could have been excluded entirely as it really causes a wane in interest. The second component that I did not care for were the interludes in the story that take place between our courtesan and the author.
Midway through a telling of some situation or event, they will abruptly stop and chit-chat. It felt jarring at certain times. With much better editing, and most definitely some attention to formatting, I feel this would not have been as terrible as it came off. Overall, Umrao Jan Ada was a decent read. It had a lot of characteristics that made it greatly captivating. I recommend this to people who can stomach poetry, as well as to folks interested in historical accounts, and Asian cultures.
My final rating is three and a half mushairas out of five.
Umrao Jan Ada / امراؤ جان ادا
Culturally, I could not stop feeling extremely excited about finally being able to read this book. It touched on many parts of my Islamic heritage that brought back childhood memories draped in nostalgia. However, I felt that in the end this particular story resulted in being quite dense. Urdu literature usually consists of rhythmic poetry.
Umrao Jaan Ada Novel Summary by Mirza Hadi Ruswa
The novel Umrao Jan Ada was written by him with the purpose of bringing into the light the problems and odds faced by the society of 19th century Lucknow, particularly, the problems faced by the women and how they were forced to become prostitutes. The most important is that it gives a whole image of the people, poetry, music, culture and wide variety of social manners of the society. In a way, Realism dominates his novels. When we read the novel, we find that the narrative technique of this novel is somewhat unconventional and unique. Ruswa uses poetry and this can be found at the very beginning of the novel.
Umrao Jaan Ada Analysis; Novel by Mirza Hadi Ruswa
The girl turns into an elegant, poetic beauty by the name of Umrao Jaan Aishwarya Rai. The two begin a passionate romance but, when his father hears of their relationship, he disowns Nawab Sultan from his life, wealth and property. The penniless Nawab goes to stay in the house of his uncle, who is a judge in Ghari, to sort himself out; Umrao is left desolate without him and prays every day for his return. Though she rejects his romantic advances, he determinedly pursues her and eventually asks her to accompany him to his home in Daulatabad. Umrao accepts, but only after she learns that they will be travelling through Ghari. Faiz Ali is revealed to be a dacoit whom the soldiers have pursued for years. Faiz Ali, who then realises that Umrao only accompanied him so that she could meet Nawab, manipulates the information concerning his time with Umrao and implies to the Nawab that they had a sexual relationship.
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