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From One Hell to Another

From One Hell to Another

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From One Hell to Another

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131 página
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Jul 22, 2011
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9781466145931
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It is an unbiased account and there is nothing that has been deliberately mentioned to hurt the feelings of any individual, community, and religion. It is a work of fiction and there is no particular motive behind writing this story. The writer has mostly concentrated on the stylistic features of writing because this story stands somewhere between drama and novel, for the narration and dialogue seem to be competing with each other.

The writer has experimented with the style of story writing and well-informed readers will be able to find the uniqueness of syntax which is rather unconventional.

The flow of the events is spontaneous and the pace is quick to keep the readers totally absorbed in the story.

With Best Wishes

Professor Divan
(Delhi University)

Preface
Chapter One-Kashmir Ordeal
Chapter Two-Michael & Mumtaz
Chapter Three-Taliban Connection
Chapter Four-Indian Experience
Chapter Five-Pious Muslim
Chapter Six-First Interrogation
Chapter Seven-In the Prison
Chapter Eight-The Prison Inmates
Chapter Nine-Ordeal Continues
Chapter Ten-The Afghans
Chapter Eleven-The Court Order
Chapter Twelve-Back in US
Chapter Thirteen-9/11 and Shabir
Chapter Fourteen-FBI Style
Chapter Fifteen-Srinagar
Chapter Fifteen-Interrogation Continues
Chapter Sixteen-Terrorist Connection
Chapter Seventeen-Master’s Justice
Chapter Eighteen-New Delhi
Chapter Nineteen-Tracing the Clues
Chapter Twenty-Michael at Last
Chapter Twenty-One-All Smiles

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Jul 22, 2011
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9781466145931
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Sobre el autor

Raja Sharma is a retired college lecturer.He has taught English Literature to University students for more than two decades.His students are scattered all over the world, and it is noticeable that he is in contact with more than ninety thousand of his students.

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From One Hell to Another - Raja Sharma

From One Hell to Another

By Raja Sharma

Copyright@2011Raja Sharma

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Chapter 1: Preface

An American journalist and his Pakistani-American wife are trapped in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. The present story describes how they escape from that side of the border to enter this side of Kashmir, India, and what awaits them in their own country, US.

It is an unbiased account and there is nothing that has been deliberately mentioned to hurt the feelings of any individual, community, and religion. It is a work of fiction and there is no particular motive behind writing this story. The writer has mostly concentrated on the stylistic features of writing because this story stands somewhere between drama and novel, for the narration and dialogue seem to be competing with each other.

The writer has experimented with the style of story writing and well-informed readers will be able to find the uniqueness of syntax which is rather unconventional.

The flow of the events is spontaneous and the pace is quick to keep the readers totally absorbed in the story.

With Best Wishes

Professor Divan

(Delhi University)

Chapter 2: Kashmir Ordeal

Jammu & Kashmir is India's northernmost state, which shares international borders with Pakistan and Tibet. It comprises three very different topographic and cultural regions: Kashmir Valley, Ladakh-Leh & Jammu region. Jammu city is in the south of the state and is the only region that lies in plains and foothills and is the capital of the state for winter. Kashmir Valley to the north of Jammu has higher elevations, encompassed by the Pir Panjal range on the west and parts of the Great Himalayas on the north east.

Srinagar town, the heart of the valley is Jammu & Kashmir's summer capital. Ladakh region is a mountain desert terrain and takes up almost 2/3rds of J&K's territory from the centre to the east.

The natural beauty of the Kashmir valley has been a byword for centuries. The 17th-century Mughal emperors retreated here for summers and built some famous gardens. Srinagar town is defined by the River Jhelum, the Dal and Nagin Lakes, canals and backwaters, as well as old wooden architecture and 17th century mosques.

Parts of Kashmir have been under the occupation of Pakistan and India, though Indian side of Kashmir is not called Occupied Kashmir but the other side of Kashmir is called Pakistan Occupied Kashmir.

Our story begins in a dense forest near the border of POK: a young man and a woman, with a baby in her arms, are trying to cross over to the Indian side of Kashmir. They are being followed by the Jehadi soldiers. Hours of running across the jungle, in the darkness, bearing the atrocities of the winter chill, carrying a hope of survival after their successful escape, the couple can’t even think of looking back. Their little son is indifferent to the ordeal his parents are going through.

The morning light appears and they see the tri-colour of India fluttering at some distance from them. Some Indian soldiers see them and warn them. The husband and wife stop running and wait for the soldiers. The soldiers surround them and after a few formal questions arrest them for interrogation, thinking that they are infiltrators, a threat to the Indian Territory.

Karim Khan (looking at them with suspicion): Who are you?

Michael (more nervous than afraid): I am Michael and this is my wife Mumtaz, and our little son, Socrates.

Karim Khan: But you don’t look like a Pakistani? Are you an American?

Mumtaz (butting in): I am Pakistani and he is an American. We got married in New York, last year.

Ram Singh: And what were you doing in POK?

Michael: I was staying at a hotel in POK. I am a journalist and I have been working there for six months. My wife joined me last week.

Karim Khan: Where were you before that?

Mumtaz: I was born and brought up in New York but my parents were from Karachi, Pakistan.

Karim Khan (not satisfied): Why did you escape from there and enter India without any formal documents?

Michael: They want to kill us. They had passed death sentence.

Karim Khan (surprised): And who are they?

Michael: Taliban, the Jehadis.

Ram Singh (smiling at them): A love story! A Muslim girl falls in love with a Christian man and they get married. What is your son, Muslim or Christian?

Michael (disappointed): He is Socrates and I don’t think I am ever going to teach him anything about any religion. He is all right without one.

Ram Singh (in a manner of mockery): So he will be an atheist, won’t he?

Michael (firmly): Not believing is a belief per se.

Ram Singh (touching his ears): What is happening to this world, Lord Rama?

Michael (in a polite tone of voice): Please help us. We are very tired and hungry. I beg you to help us.

Karim Khan: We can’t help you but we will keep you with us. You will have to spend two days in this post because our senior officer is off duty. He will be back on Monday, after two days.

Mumtaz seemed to be a bit frightened and she looked in the direction of her husband.

Ram Singh (sensing her feelings): Don’t worry, we won’t harm you. Come with me and I will show you the toilet and the place to rest. I will order some tea for you.

Karim Khan: They could have killed them had they caught them. They say they follow the dictates of Allah and they kill a Muslim woman if she marries a man she loves. I don’t think my Allah is so merciless.

Ram Singh: Your Allah is Indian and He is merciful, my brother. Here Lord Rama and Allah dwell together and there is not much trouble but your brothers across the border are maligning the merciful nature of the Divine.

Karim Khan: I don’t know, maybe they are right and we are not! To some extent, we are also cruel. If any Muslim girl marries a non-Muslim boy in our area, we never accept that girl back in the society but that is all. We neither harm the girl nor her husband.

Ram Singh: That is why you are my best friend, my brother, the merciful Karim Khan, sorry, sub-inspector Karim Khan of Border Security Force.

The post is high on a hill surrounded by barbed wire. There is a main gate and a kind of garden, mostly tended by the soldiers stationed there. In the main building there are many rooms. The front part of the building serves as the office and the back part has rooms for the soldiers. There are a few cells for the people who try to cross the border illegally. They are kept there for a few days and then they are shifted to Srinagar.

For all that, they treat Michael and Mumtaz well, for they don’t put them in a cell, instead, they give them a separate room.

They show the couple in and

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