The One Who Did Not Ask

The One Who Did Not Ask

by Altaf Fatima

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Overview

Altaf fatima describes with touching detail the impact of change on the lives of an entire people.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780435950842
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 01/03/1994
Series: Asian Writers Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 335
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Altaf Fatima was born in Lucknow in 1929, to a family who had moved there around 1857 from Khairabad in Patiala. She completed her education in Lahore, after partition, obtaining her M.A. and B.Ed. degrees from the Punjab University. She taught Urdu literature at Islamia College for Women in Lahore for several years. She has now moved to APWA Girls' College, also in Lahore, as a professor in the Urdu department.She has published three novels, Nishaan-i-Mehfil, Dastak Naa Do (The One Who Did Not Ask) and Chulta Musafir, as well as three collections of short stories, Woh jisay chaha gaya, Jub diwaaren girya kurti hain, and most recently Taar-i-unkaboot, which was published in 1990. She has also translated from English into Urdu, Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mocking Bird, and a collection of political essays by eminent personalities, Barrey aadmi, aur unke nazariyat.Out of all Fatima's work, The One Who Did Not Ask has enjoyed the most sustained success in Pakistan. An adaptation was presented on Pakistan television and an abridged translation was serialised by the prestigious Karachi monthly, Herald.

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The One Who Did Not Ask 2.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book as an application project in Honors 9 English. This book was about a family in India who went through many economic crises. Then Gaythi, one of the main characters, along with Safdar fell in love. Though they couldn't show it because Gaythi was too far above Safdar in economic levels, which are very important. I didn't really like that author's style of writing, I think that it was skipped around too much, I also did not like that there were so many names for each character, this made the book VERY hard to follow! I learned that economic levels are very important in India. The authors presentation of this these different economic levels made me feel really sorry for the people, like Safdar, that weren't up there as far, because it's not like they aren't good people, they just aren't as wealthy. I felt that the book was written at my reading level but again I didn't like all those different names for the same character. I wouldn't really recommend this book to any one, I didn't enjoy it. I guess older people who really like India would probably enjoy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book as part of an Honors English project and an economic crises. This book had to do with an economic crises because it was about how this rich family lost all of their money when their working father died. Also at that time, their country was splitting and because it was during war, everyone was losing money and status. I didn't like the authors writing style, maybe it was because the book was translated and so the text was a little strange in some areas. This book did not really hold my interest that well. It was a type of book that we had to read, not chose to. I don't think I would recomend this book to others, it is not that exciting and everyone has so many names it gets very confusing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The only reason why I even read this book is because it was for a project in Honors English. Our project was about economic crises. Since the family was based upon a wealthy family, I didn't get much of a feel of the economic crisis until the book was nearly completed. I honestly hate this author's style of writing, switching back and forth from different characters really bothered me and and got me confused. I did learn a little about the country of India though. Like some of the religions that they have. I learned a little about the culture of India. This book was intended to be at my reading level and vocabulary wise it was. But the way the book was set up makes it one of those books that only adults would like, even then that's a stretch. I don't recommend that you read this book, not even for a class project. It's just too difficult to follow.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was assigned this book as a honors english project, and felt that the information within the book was often vauge, and did not contain the 5 themes of geography clearly. The story follows a upperclass family through the breakup of India. The character point of veiw changes without warning, and the multitude of characters, often with one or two letters only, as well as the fact that the language in the book switches between the language of pakastan and english can make this book very confusing and dull. This book was written at a first grade level, but at no level can it be understood. With so many good books in the world, this book is only a distraction from them. Do not read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read The One Who Did Not Ask, for my Honors English class this year. We had to attain a better understanding of Economic Crises. The book did indeed, do that much for me, but it was a long journey to the end of the book. The author wrote in a very confusing point of view(s). It kept changing from one character to the next, which messed my head up--alot! And there were also parts in the book that were pointless and boring, they could have left those out. So, my final statement about this book will be this: read it if you have to but not really a pleasurable book to read while your trying to relax in a nice hot bath.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reading this book as part of an Honors English Project on the affects of an Economic Crisis, I found this story informative, yet long and often times boring. Dastak Naa Do's style of writing often switched back and forth from easy-to-connect to just plain confusing. I think that a few chapters of the book could have easily been removed and would have made the book more interesting and understandable. While it helped me to understand the affects of the partition of India on the people, it was hard to relate to and I really had no idea why or what was really going on in terms of politics. Also, the native language used in place of names was hard to understand. One thing about the book that made it hard to relate to was that the main characters were very wealthy, and weren't affected greatly by the crisis until the end, so I never actually got a sense of what it would have been like to live through the partition. I would probably not recommend this book to someone my age unless it is for an educational project: I do not think that I really got anything out of it except for the information I needed for school. The book was not all bad though; intertwined between bits of writing I didn't understand, was a memorable story of a girl finding her identity and place in society.