The son of a former militant, Fayaz is an aimless bureaucrat whose marriage to his wife Zeenat has broken down. His nephew Imran is a young student, a misfit in Srinagar, hoping to join a new kind of spectacular resistance. Shireen, the granddaughter of a spy, discovers how her painful and divisive family story is deeply intertwined with the history of Kashmir. The paths of these characters intersect and diverge in Nitasha Kaul's tour de force novel Future Tense, which traces the competing trajectories of modernity and tradition, freedom and suffocation, and the possibility of bridging the stories of different kinds of Kashmiris.
'A poignant meditation on young lives caught up in the sweep of history and politics. Nitasha Kaul is a fearless Kashmiri voice.'
åÊåÊåÊ ‰ÛÒ Mirza Waheed, author of Tell Her Everything
'Future Tense is a tautly written account of love, resistance, militancy and betrayal. It explores the manner in which conflict has crept into every crevice of the lives of the people of Kashmir. Nitasha Kaul's novels, just as much as her non-fiction, demonstrate her profound knowledge of ‰ÛÒ and her deep compassion for ‰ÛÒ Kashmir and Kashmiris.'
åÊåÊåÊ ‰ÛÒ Andrew Whitehead, Historian of Kashmir and former BBC India correspondent