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Dard Bhari Ghazal: Review of "The Door By David Dalman" by Dr S. Dard Bokh-1_Image Source Google

Dard Bhari Ghazal: Review of “The Door By David Dalman” by Dr S. Dard Bokh-“Dard Bhari Ghazal” is the twelfth installment of a ten-part fictional comedy drama called “The Great Bazaar.” The title refers to the marketplace where the action takes place, and dard bhari is the local shopkeeper.

The humor in this book draws from many things: the rich but ethnically-diverse background of the main characters, a fusion of Indian and English that gives the language some depth, and an enduring tale that ends happily. I appreciated it similarly as much as different books in the series.

Dard Bhari Ghazal: Review of “The Door By David Dalman” by Dr S. Dard Bokh

In part one (the second part), Ghazal narrates the history of the bazaar and how it was founded. It is based on true events. Part two focuses on the present day shopkeeper, who is also the father of five children, and grew up in a house below a busy street. He is quick to anger and quick to take out his anger on those who cross his path. When a rival shops opens up close to his shop, he tries to spice up his business by offering a service called “Om Shanti Om.” This service brings people from all over the city to his shop, and the tensions that ensue cause the entire marketplace to settle down.

Dard Bhari Ghazal: Review of “The Door By David Dalman” by Dr S. Dard Bokh

Dard is the eldest son of Murtaza, who is a prominent local businessman. Murtaza passes away, leaving Dard to be raised by his uncle Fais Kaware. Because of his prominent business skills, Dard earns enough to support himself and his five siblings, including a daughter named Zahra. As part of the bargain when they decided to leave the country, Murtaza provided Dard with a home in Istanbul. Although they had a long-standing relationship, when Fais passed away, it was not as close as it had been before.

In Istanbul, however, there is still a thriving local bazaar. The proprietor of this bazaar, Bilal Ozcan, is a friend of Murtaza’s. The two share a common goal of providing a better life to his five children. As well as the typical small items, the shop also includes other necessities such as blankets, turkeys, goats and fish, sugarcane, and salt. Although there are several small shops in the area, the bazaar is one of the more famous.

Dard Bhari Ghazal: Review of “The Door By David Dalman” by Dr S. Dard Bokh

Part two of the memoir includes the birth of a young boy named Habibeer Ozcan. It is here that we learn that the bazaar became a favorite place for shoplifters due to its late opening time. Habibeer eventually joins forces with Murtaza to run the bazaar, and it is here that he begins to encounter problems with the local authorities. Unfortunately for the boys, Murtaza and Habibeer are able to foil the police and turn themselves in to the cops.

The story ends with the bazaar owner, Bilal Ozcan, being sentenced to ten years in prison. Despite having served his time, Bilal is allowed to run the bazaar alone. He uses the profits from his business to pay off the debt of his prison mate, Murtaza. When asked why he had run the bazaar, Bilal has no answer for either himself or Murtaza. Finally, a monk named Mustafa asks the judge to give the bazaar owner the responsibility of running the bazaar until he can find something better. Mustafa then sets about reformatting the entire storeroom.

Dard Bhari Ghazal: Review of “The Door By David Dalman” by Dr S. Dard Bokh

The final part of the memoir consists of a short fictional story about Mustafa’s daughter. This short fictions concerns the way Mustafa deals with his daughter and her need to move out of the home they now live in. It also tells about the efforts that Mustafa makes to convince the bazaar owner to let Mustafa run the bazaar, and finally to sell it off. The end of the story leaves the reader wondering what will happen to Mustafa and to the bazaar he has so painstakingly worked to create. Will it still be standing when Mustafa comes back?

I enjoyed this memoir immensely. I liked that Bilal seems to be one of those characters that you can identify with, and even empathize with. I also liked that there was an ending that, for some reason, made me cry. I hope that readers will find the same interest in it as I did.

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