Books about Partition
Books about Partition
1.Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie
Burnt shadows by Kamila Shamsie is a tale of grief, a sense of belonging or a longing to be home. Home is a very subjective subject. It can be a feeling, a person or any object. It can be the breeze on the terrace of our home or the cup of coffee your mother makes for you. It can be anything and everything.
Kamila Shamsie weaves a tale of Home and survival. Of grief and belonging. Burnt shadow is a construct of a colossal, never ending loss. survival isn't always fists of fury and firmly planted feet amidst devastation; sometimes pulling through is crawling through, crawling through the rubble on a nauseous stomach, collecting dirt beneath your nails and exacerbating lacerations on your flesh along the way. outliving hell is not always avoiding future fires with frigid conduct - sometimes it's drowning in a sea of tears, because sinking in your own despair feels less suppressive than dissolving in someone else's cauldron.
Burnt shadow revolves around Hiroko who survives the Nagasaki bombing and travels to Delhi to find home in Shajjad. But destiny has other plans. She lives through the Partition followed by Afghan soviet disputes and finally 9/11. She lives through what we call the tragedy of a lifetime. But the world outside them went on.
I will sum it up by saying, READ this book.
2. The train to Pakistan
𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐭 𝐢𝐬, 𝐛𝐨𝐭𝐡 𝐬𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐬 𝐤𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐝.𝐁𝐨𝐭𝐡 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐛𝐛𝐞𝐝 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐝 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐜𝐥𝐮𝐛𝐛𝐞𝐝.𝐁𝐨𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞𝐝.𝐁𝐨𝐭𝐡 𝐫𝐚𝐩𝐞𝐝"
📌The book is set in the partition time in a village Mano Majra, on the border of India and pakistan".The book deals with murders , rapes conflicts depleting the scenarios of those times. Ah, the pain, the suffering conflicts ,raids break my heart. How hard it was for me to read and not cry.
The most heartbreaking part of the book was when a train arrives carrying dead bodies of sikhs, villages converted in battlefields killing and devastating the harmony of the unaffected village.
The atrocities of police , politicians which we can no longer relate to😉, the woes of the people makes this a must read.
The language is easy and khushwant Singh',s way of writing makes it more appealing.
I highly recommend this book.
Home fire is the story of a british muslim family with pakistani origin. The book is about Isma, Aneeka and parvaiz- who were orphaned by the death of their mother, grandmother and abandoned jihadi father. The book portrays their life , the shame and fear that they grow up with. But one decision by Parvaiz, and everything around them changes. Their lives take a toil and eventually everything falls apart.
The book is divided into five parts depicting the character's individual point of view. The book is so well penned and the story telling keeps you hooked to the end. I loved Isma , so self sacrificing and calm . The sacrifices to be 'a mother ' to her twins. But keeping her as a supporting role made me angry. She deserved more. She deserved everything....
The book talks about pain. Humiliation and sacrifices. A tragedy that never ends. A feeling of loss. Loss of siblings you brought up as your own child. Warmth of a family without parents but still complete. I completed the book a few hours ago and how I am feeling cannot be put into words. So poignant and devastating.