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This preview shows page 1 - 7 out of pages. Subscribe to view the full document. I cannot even describe how much Course Hero helped me this summer. In the end, I was not only able to survive summer classes, but I was able to thrive thanks to Course Hero. Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow. After graduating from Delhi University, he joined the Indian Navy.
Moreover, what happens there that after her job is done, she decides to settle down for her remaining life in Malerkotla instead of Srinagar — her birthplace, her heart?
The Hero: Love Story of a Spy was my first brush with the Indo-Pak counter-espionage activities. A much-loved movie, nonetheless a typical Bollywood action flick, while Calling Sehmat is so much more. Why can't we all be Indians first?
How long will we suffer due to this caste and religious divide and at the hands of our politicians? This book has some hard-hitting dialogues. The story-line is gripping, the plot tight, keeping you in its thrall. The story starts with the most spectacular of love stories, between Hidayat Khan and Tejashwari Singh.
A classic case of love at first sight, followed by long-distance courting, he of Kashmir and she of Delhi. Overcoming all the odds, they build a life for themselves. They are blessed with a baby girl, Sehmat, who grows up to become someone on whom the country can completely depend upon for its welfare. But that same love escapes Sehmat, as she has to give up Abhinav — her college sweetheart, for the greater love of for her country.
My country comes first. Salute to her father, who brought up a daughter so resilient, salute to her mother, who didn't hold her back from her duties towards the nation, even when it scared her.
From children's music concerts to golf sessions, Sehmat leaves no stone unturned in devising newer and innovative ways of information gathering. Written in the third form of narration, it is no doubt a fictional telling based on the extensive research on the realistic case studies of spies who willingly gave their all, only to pass away unnoticed, unsung, and forgotten.
Any nation worth its salt cannot afford to forget its heroes. I cannot even imagine, the toll that it spying takes on one's soul. It's chilling, what all she had to do! It must be so tough maintaining a hard heart in betwixt so much love, even if from members of a family who belong to the enemy country.
The author has written a poignant tale of love, loss, guilt, heartbreak, sorrow, bringing out the characters' emotions at their most raw. Such is the finesse of this composition; it made me laugh as well as weep, as did Abhinav's strength and perseverance in the face of seeing the one and only love of his life gradually fade away.
I would like to mention here the author's subtlety in showing the blossoming love between Abhinav Aby and Sehmat. In spite of not having interacted even once for a long time, there is a spark between them which fans the flames of the love that followed. Subsequently, their first shy meeting, their courtship, everything is so romantic. Though I felt really bad for them both, and for the love that wasn't to be.
Except for a few typos, the writing is stellar. The last part reminded me of the book as well as the TV Series The Last Ship as far as the naval operations are concerned. We need more Indian writers in this genre.
The author's experience as a young naval officer works in his favour, in the crisp descriptions of naval warfare and counter espionage during the Indo-Pak War of The ending is perfect, drawing everything together, providing closure to all the hurt and grief which Sehmat had to go through. Humankind has not learned about balance, let alone practiced it. It is guided by greed and ambition, steered by fear.
In this way it will eventually destroy itself. But nature will survive; at least the plants will. One inconsistency was, where was Aby after Sehmat's death. Also, there is no mention of Brigadier Sheikh Sayeed's wife, it left me a little confused, especially when it was stated that theirs was a liberal household for women-folk.
Highly recommended. Set aside the neighbourly tension, and read this book from a humane, emotional perspective. I haven't seen the movie yet, but the book really reads like a movie script. In fact, Bollywood actress Kirron Kher said long before the movie happened, The story bares a chilling truth of the life of an Indian spy and gives rare insight to the people of Kashmir. It provides an ideal platform for a Bollywood film in the future.
And I heard they missed out Aby in the movie, why!?! Psstt… I wish I could have the Konark Publishers edition I got it issued from the library , the cover is so beautiful! I read this book as a part of the discoveringindiareadathon Discovering India Readathon , which was held from 1st to 15th August In its second year now, this challenge has been curated by three wonderful bookstagrammers: Padmaja https: Aritri https: It is a great way of reading as well as discovering the gems of Indian Literature.
Just follow the hashtag on Instagram, and the above three accounts, and you are good to go! I am hoping it makes a comeback next year! Originally posted on: May 16, Rhea. Emulations The heavier tends to settle down and influence from within with no hope of appreciation or rewards.
Sikka spends the first few chapters establishing that Sehmat is a vehemently patriotic woman. Born to a Kashmiri Muslim father and a Hindu mother, Sehmat is taught from the very beginning that love and dedication to the country is the highest form of worship.
Her father, Hidayat, plays a vital role in establishing a spy network in Pakistan before he sends in his greatest weapon — the affable Sehmat, much to the chagrin of her mother Tej. These first few chapters are extremely important to understa Sikka spends the first few chapters establishing that Sehmat is a vehemently patriotic woman.
These first few chapters are extremely important to understand why the young Sehmat agreed to be married to a high ranking official in Pakistan, even though she loved someone else. It is also important to note that Sehmat is never coerced into the job; she proudly exercises a choice that is probably influenced by her patriotic upbringing. Sehmat eventually stumbles upon plans that mention the sinking of the INS Vikrant, a vessel that is the pride of the Indian navy. How she gets that information across to the Indian side comprises a major portion of the novel.
Harinder Sikka chronicles precisely this gripping tale in his espionage drama, Calling Sehmat. However, it lacks the sense of urgency and immediacy that comes with it. The original story, so startlingly brave, never quite blends in with the narrative style adopted by Sikka.
There is a perceptible sense of detachment in the way Sikka narrates the tale. Presumably a narrative ploy, this could have worked in creating a sense of intrigue but it only ends up distancing the readers from Sehmat in a story that is essentially hers and hers alone. Sikka, to his credit, refrains from spoonfeeding the readers but this approach leaves several gaping holes in the narrative and subplots are not developed well. One does get a sense of the ingenious and fatal ploys Sehmat deploys to gather information, the extreme lengths she goes to in order to attain her objective for that, and the disillusionment she is ultimately enveloped by.
However, the complexity and the nuance that such a narrative deserves is conspicuously missing. Calling Sehmat is a story that deserves to be written and read, over and over again, but the writing needed to be tauter, not a whimper. She is even known to walk into a serious meeting, or two, with high ranking officials. Another unforgivable liberty is the ending. It is understandable that as a human under extreme duress, Sehmat muddled a bit.
Raazi gives a bit of authority to her husband that makes up for the drama in the end. What could have easily been avoided is the spiritual scene that takes place once Sehmat settles back into her old life in India. The godlike imagery that paints a picture of an angel of a hymn singer who happens to pass along her house, the descriptions and meanings of birth from the holy scriptures, and so on, seem out of place in Calling Sehmat. It is evident that Sehmat suffers from intense PTSD, but it is described in, perhaps, the worst way possible.
What could be easily wrapped up in a few paragraphs drags on for a bit. God yes i want to read this. Jun 11, Suvarghya rated it liked it. Extraordinary story of an Indian spy, writing style is not up to the mark. Still would say, all Indians should read this true account of a heroic Indian. Alia Bhatt starrer Raazi movie is based on this book. I read this book in one sitting, and I am not disappointed!
What a wonderful book and what an absolute page-turner! You seldom come across such books which keep you hooked until the last page! This boks fills me with pride, it brought out the patriot in me and I am so glad I read the book before I saw the movie based on this book. Kudos to Harinder Sikka for bringing out the tale of this I read this book in one sitting, and I am not disappointed! Kudos to Harinder Sikka for bringing out the tale of this unsung heroine, Sehmat Khan, the amazing Kashmiri spy- princess of the war of A full 5 star for the amazing page turner!
I'd recommend it to anyone looking for inspiration; wanting to witness the power of sheer grit and courage. Wonderful book that must be read to realize how much people like Sehmat khan went through to safeguard the pride of our country, our 'watan' during the troubled times of war. Oct 17, Rohit Sharma rated it really liked it.
Majority of times when we watch a movie based on a book especially these days they usually fall in between underwhelming to lousy: Now that I have read the book and loved it as it gave me an in-depth idea on the character of Sehmat Khan as well as how and why she did what she did, I can very well say that the movie is Fantastically made and almost at par with the book if not better.
I wanted to read the book before the movie came but the time was so short between the trailer, release and bo Majority of times when we watch a movie based on a book especially these days they usually fall in between underwhelming to lousy: Hence I finally managed to finish it today and I must tell you that I started the book yesterday only. Either the book is too short, or the pace is so nice that it took me only two sittings to finish it and I will very highly recommend it to everyone, especially to those who have seen and loved the movie.
The movie was an edge of the seat thriller yet it leaves so many questions unanswered which book responds in greater details, of-course it is again a fictionalized account of how it all must have happened. But I will not counter or criticize it as it makes up for a superbly thrilling story in the end.
We will never know the reality behind it as the real life Sehmat Khan, who never got her due has already passed away. But again, its a work of fiction with some reality in it, so we better take it with a pinch of salt and cherish it. The philosophical touch in the end was very nice and the great details as what Sehmat does for the country while in Pakistan and how it all pays back heavy dividends was simply mind-blowing.
The things that movie lacks in, the book fulfills like I said earlier. Even in the character development department, background story and aftermath is so beautifully done in the book.
I totally loved it. Do let me know how you like it. As per you, which one was better? The Book or the Movie? I'll be honest here. I only heard about this book when I went to watch Raazi - the Bollywood make of this book.
I had loved Raazi. The story of Sehmat Khan made me cry. The hardships she had to face in order to save her nation were well, hard.
All that she did for the country was impeccable. So naturally, I was excited about this one as well. I wanted to know what the book held.
Soon after downloading it, I read this book and well For one, if anything, I had expected the book to pay more emphasis on Sehmat and all that she did. I understand that the author had to fictionalise a lot of scenarios because she wasn't ready to give him the whole story, but the parts where her life before she got the news of her father's demise, or the parts of her life that she spent in the university although they helped in determining her character seemed like a bore to me.
I guess I was just expecting a fast paced thriller and this book was slow compared to that. Well, this is it for now. I'll upload a detailed review later on.
This one should have been divided into 4 parts - Romance, Suspense, Action and Philosophy. One request I have to the author is to avoid experim This one should have been divided into 4 parts - Romance, Suspense, Action and Philosophy.
One request I have to the author is to avoid experimenting with romance. I wasn't convinced about how Sehmet fell in love with Aby. What's even weird is how Sehmet, reluctantly but easily, agreed to get married to another man. I can't get into details due to spoilers. Some of the writing was sloppy as not well established. Thank God that I skimmed through this part until the spy sequence sets in. This is where the author displayed his brilliance. I felt it was a different person writing this part.
The pace, story line, the setting, intrigues are excellent. There were moments my heart was beating fast due to which I stopped reading for a while. The twist and turns are different and not very predictable. The result of what Sehmat achieved is wonderfully laid out. This part reminds me of a book I read, 'India's most fearless'.
They are quick short reads of the Navy attack during war. It's quite an exciting read especially if you want to know the tactical achievement Indian Navy achieved and the sacrifice Navy officers made during the period. The author decided the finish the story he started taking a philosophical route.
While it's not my favorite part, there were lot of Kindle readers 'highlights'. What could have been better? While the back story of Sehmet was needed, what was missing is why will a girl decide to take on being a spy?
The explanation is not convincing enough for her die hard devotion to her country.
There could have been more time spent on the spying part. I felt other characters weren't as well as developed as was Sehmet. He could have added how her love for her husband kind of confused her loyalty or her father in law was developing suspicion or created another sort of drama in her in-law front. I also wonder how come Iqbal, her husband, didn't suspect of his wife behaviour.
That part left me confused. Overall I recommend reading this one. It brings a fresh voice to Indian thriller fiction genre.
View all 6 comments. The setting seems almost unreal. It was published a while ago, and is being republished by Penguin Random House since it has served as the plot for the Alia Bhatt The setting seems almost unreal. It was published a while ago, and is being republished by Penguin Random House since it has served as the plot for the Alia Bhatt starrer "Raazi". Her father, Hidayat, plays a vital role in establishing a spy network in Pakistan before he sends in his greatest weapon the affable Sehmat, much to the chagrin of her mother Tej.
Aug 26, Rishav Agarwal rated it did not like it. Harinder Sikka has watched a lot of Bollywood movies, he loves the over the top patriotism, and Tiranga is probably his favourite movie. He came to know of Shemat's story and thought it to be the prefect plot for a classic tricolour flick, he writes with such Bollywood panache that the page novel even has a dance number. Please understand that I do not wish to undermine the sacrifice and courage of Sehmat Khan but this novel is less of her account than a script for Karan Johar film waiting t Harinder Sikka has watched a lot of Bollywood movies, he loves the over the top patriotism, and Tiranga is probably his favourite movie.
Please understand that I do not wish to undermine the sacrifice and courage of Sehmat Khan but this novel is less of her account than a script for Karan Johar film waiting to happen. The most beautiful way to share this legend. The most beautiful book i have read after years.
So emotional with intense emotions. It had love, sacrifice, lovr for nation, determination towards your nation and selfless love for our nation. Sehmat Khan was truely the most beautiful women in this whole world. Thank you Harinder Sikka for introducing her to us. This is the Book that can discover the hidden patriotism inside You.. All the time when I was holding this book, was the best Time I had in last few days.
There is one thing I liked the most about this book is, its not just the Book, its the world that I entered into. Its pages will let you fly without any effort. That's the magic it creates. Its not just about Sehmat not the real name though for t This is the Book that can discover the hidden patriotism inside You..
Its not just about Sehmat not the real name though for the purpose of Protagonist's safety , an innocent girl from Kashmir but about the most precious time of her life that she sacrificed in the name of her country, that is also in the time of most cherished period of any girl or boy being collegiate. This is the story that hooked you till last.
However, bit slow in the End. Its not about winning over the rival country, its about the Patriotism that is required in the form of action from every other citizen of any country, specially in the time of strategic wars and the fear of entering of any other country's unnecessary interference to create big diplomatic issue and to take advantage of the situation.
The situation between India and its officially orphaned child Pakistan were very bad and were on the verge of creating the condition of War; which however, did happen later. At that time, there was a lady by action and a girl by age who took this huge responsibility of delivering results in favor of her country by espionage Clandestine Human Intelligence , an ages old job done for country involving deception and subversion.
Call it a military intelligence that the whole mater remain clandestine throughout till its final positive results and thereafter. However, the Pakistan army became well aware of the situation at last but their counterintelligence was a complete failure and there not much left for them to react on. All they can do is to fall in the trap of Indian Intelligentsia and thus we came as victorious. It all goes to the information that was collected over the period of time by Sehmat and bravely passed on to her country's Intelligence on the verge of her not-so-old-life.
The girl who saw not so much in her life has become the part of one of the most Glorious Victories of India. Harinder Sikka cast the words very well and quite precisely understandable to every reader. However, he used few words repetitively which does not seems as the good sign of fine literature. But in end, Hail to story, who cares else, when you have truth in your hands. One thing though I feel lack of, is the mentioning the events' dates, which is highly required when you're writing a biographical non-fiction.
I call it Hilarious. For me it deserves: Jul 23, Priya rated it really liked it Shelves: Calling Sehmat is a novel that tells the story of those warriors who, by the very nature of their contribution to the war effort, remain anonymous and unfortunately unsung Spies and intelligence agents who infiltrate the enemy camp.
I started reading the book and then, on a rare movie evening at home, saw the movie when I was just a quarter through. I continued the book immediately after as I wanted to see how faithful the script had been to the film version which I liked quite a bit. Sehmat is Calling Sehmat is a novel that tells the story of those warriors who, by the very nature of their contribution to the war effort, remain anonymous and unfortunately unsung Sehmat is a young student at Delhi university when she is called back home by her father, Hidayat, who, like his father before him, has always put service to the country uppermost.
He has gained the confidence of the Pakistan army top brass and gets information relating to their plans regarding India. After graduating from Delhi University, he joined the Indian Navy. He was commissioned in January and took premature retirement in as a Lieutenant Commander.
He recently produced a film, Nanak Shah Fakir , which won acclaim at the international film festivals in Cannes, Toronto and Los Angeles. The film won three national awards, including the Nargis Dutt Award for best feature film on national integration. Calling Sehmat is his second book. It is being made into a film, Raazi , by Meghna Gulzar, scheduled for release in May Sikka lives in New Delhi with his family.
As if on cue, the sun gasped through the horizon, flushing the rapidly brightening sky with redness. Yet another day crept into the lives of its residents. Except for one. Standing tall and in full glory, the white marble haveli surrounded by lush green lawns had lost its main occupant in the wee hours. For the villagers, especially the women, it was not a mere structure of stone but a symbol of peace, a shrine which they could visit any time and be heard.
With the arrival of the new day, the imposing bungalow of Sehmat Khan quietly slipped into mourning. Tej Khan, the elderly matriarch, and now the only other permanent occupant of the sprawling house, took one last look at her daughter, blissfully calm in death, and quietly closed the bedroom door.