Author: K S Duggal
Publisher: Orient Longman/Disha
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0861319974
This translation of Duggal's classic Punjabi novel Man Pardesi is about a family of nationalist Muslims in the years following Partition. Events are seen through the eyes of Zeba, the daughter of Sheikh Haseeb.
Zeba moves from a position of belief in the 'separateness' of Muslims to a firm conviction that her own fate and that of her community lies in India. She realizes that her roots are here - her future is linked with the future of the country. To deny this would be to make hers an alien heart, one that belongs nowhere and knows no peace.
Duggal is one of India's leading writers who writes with equal felicity in Punjabi, Urdu, Hindi and English. His writings have won several literary award and this novel was translated by Jai Ratan in close collaboration with the author.