For instance What now?
See you in Panun Kashmir.
If Mr. Gigoo tries to weave
allegary in the above cameo then
he has failed miserably. For in
the context of art, author is duty
bound not to leave sentence in a
suspended animation and leave
it to reader to find the meaning.
The golden rule for the wit to
succeed is that it should be conveyed
as an understatement but
here in ugly Kashmiri author tries
too hard to succeed in his mission.
To put it differently, Arvind
Gigoo tries to turn tragedy into
wit. It is here he fails. In any case,
to turn tragedy into a laughter
channel reveals insensitiveness
and any good author must reveal
sensitive nature to reveal his
I know my worth says Jean
Paul Sartre in his autobiography
"Words". To the author's credit
words have been arranged to reveal
a metaphor but in a figurative
sense only. He also weaves
events, experiences to project a
ideology where author believes
in nothing. He tries to comment
but is not firm in his convictions
that is one grey area of the book.
The author leaves blank
space for the cameo "address".
But fails to comment upon who
snatched his address. One of the
cameos reads as following.
"We must preserve our culture"
"By reviving dead rituals".
Here, Arvind Gigoo, much in
the manner of Marxists tries hard
to look progressive and forward
looking. But progress does not
mean forgetting one's culture.
Had Kashmiri Pandit forgotten
his rituals he could not have remained
a one. The author surely
knows this. But the purpose of
art for the sake of art in underlying
theme of Ugly Kashmiri.
If the underlying theme of a
need for change from ugliness
to beauty runs through the
pages of the book, I am afraid
that Gigoo reveals a Marxist
mindset. The recurring theme of
Marxist ideology is change and
it has failed. The recurring theme
of Islamists is also Islamic
change. It too has failed. Pandits
cannot hope to forego their
rituals else they will not be called
Kashmiri Pandits. I hope Mr
Gigoo knows this too.
Arvind Gigoo does not spare
even Kashmiri Muslims as is revealed
in his cameo "clipping"
on Page No: 63. It is a telling
comment how Muslims associated
with national conference issued
written statements in the
press that henceforth they have
nothing to do with party.
Here is how it reads.
This is for the information of
all that all the members of our
family had lost the balance of
mind. The mental disease we suffered
continued for 48 years. We
were associated with a political
party. Actually, we have realized
now that we were mentally
sick We...children and all....
disassociate ourselves from
the party. We apologize. I
apologize. We apologize.
Noor Mohammad and
It is these cameos which are
redeeming features of the
book of cameos.
It is hard to over criticize
the book for the author
himself leaves us in no doubt
that it is provoked people that he is after.