Author: Khushwant Singh
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): Khushwant Singh
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9780143065883
THE FACT IS, BOTH SIDES KiLLED. BOTH SHOT AND STABBED 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.
Train to Pakistan with its fine descriptions of village and river, and its study of characters under stress, is an exciting novel, both intellectually and emotionally. The author makes his readers share the individual problems of loyalty and responsibility facing the principal figures in his story, and to understand the human implications of a momentous historical event.
Khushwant Singh made his literary reputation with his very first novel, Train to Pakistan, which indeed is a powerful book. The backdrop is summer of 1947, the partition of Pakistan from India has just taken place. A moving account of India's partition, this book is also the love story of a Sikh boy and Muslim girl that bridges the age-old obyss of religious hate.
3. Mano Majra