The fact is, both sides killed. Both shot and stabbed and speared and clubbed. Both tortured. Both raped.’
It is the summer of 1947. But Partition does not mean much to the Sikhs and Muslims of Mano Majra, a village on the border of India and Pakistan. Then, a local money-lender is murdered, and suspicion falls upon Juggut Singh, the village gangster who is in love with a Muslim girl. When a train arrives, carrying the bodies of dead Sikhs, the village is transformed into a battlefield, and neither the magistrate nor the police are able to stem the rising tide of violence. Amidst conflicting loyalties, it is left to Juggut Singh to redeem himself and reclaim peace for his village.
First published in 1956, Train to Pakistan is a classic of modern Indian fiction.
We shared a bond ever since 'Train To Pakistan'. I visited him at his home in Delhi a few months back. We had a heart-to-heart chat. He was full of life. He gifted me a book with a lovely message. It would be my cherished gift ...
On March 19, 1948, a train full of Hindu and Sikh prisoners of Alibeg Prison (Pakistan) reached India. I was 10 years old and one of the liberated prisoners on that train. Following are excerpts from my book “Forgotten ...
The moment his name is uttered his best and widely acclaimed Train To Pakistan and Delhi: A Novel comes to mind. But the author, bid adieu to world with his final book titled – The Good, The Bad and the Ridiculous.
So, today I am in a book store and a book title catches my eye, "Train to Pakistan" and I had just come from very near the Pakistan border. There are a lot of things and headlines that constantly remind you that you are near ...
Khushwant Singh (2 February 1915 – 20 March 2014) is no more. He was born in (pre-partition) Pakistan and always retained his fondness and love for his native land. His great novel was the "Train to Pakistan" which ...
I haven't read anything more than “A Train to Pakistan”. I definitely have his other writings and journals in my 'to-read' to be read soon. But yes, this was the book with which my love and interest for book-reading arose!
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The haunting story of the arrival of civil war to a remote and peaceful town, Train to Pakistan was published in 1956 by renowned Indian author Khushwant Singh. A journalist known for his wit and biting honesty, Khushwant ...
I am a guy who always hared literature reads. They are so boring. That is what I thought till now. This is my second literature book. Surprisingly I liked this one too.
This novel pictures the life in a border village named Mano Majra - just a moment ago I found that it is a fictitious village. It portraits the life of people who live in a bubble surrounded by mobs of Muslims who hate Sikhs and mobs of Sikhs who hate Muslims, while in the village they had always lived together peacefully. In that village, Sikhs respected Muslims as their brothers. The storydates back during the Independence and partition of India - 1947. The story weaves in the way how the life in Mano Majra is effected by the partition and the events followed due to partition.
Like the last literature book I read, this one ends abruptly too. Maybe books of that genre tend to end like that.
Train to Pakistan
Set in late August-early September of 1947, this is a gripping story of the state of affairs in a small village at the Indo-Pak border. In just 157 pages, Khushwant Singh creates magic and weaves an intricate plot which shows that political independence is very different from economic independence and that the former means little to the people who don’t have the latter. It shows how the Indians and the Pakistanis made their “tryst with destiny”, how the manipulative police and bureaucracy was least bothered to prevent the carnage that happened on each side of the border and wanted to play it safe. It shows how the educated “Indian social worker” (the character Iqbal) can only give speeches that condemn average illiterate Indians for not realizing their plight. But when the time comes for action, he does nothing. On the contrary, the headstrong illiterate Sikh dacoit Jugga whom everyone thinks and calls “budmaash” is the one who answers to his call of conscience and saves hundreds of human lives. On the whole, a great book and must-read for anyone who is interested to know about the Indo-Pak Partition.
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