Author: Gurcharan Das
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0140122583
A novel of immense power and artistry, it is a remarkably true story of India's urban middle classes from 1942 to the Emergency.
This novel is the extraordinary chronicle - rich in passion and incident - of several generations of a Punjabi family. Bauji, a successful lawyer in Lyallpur, now in Pakistan, is forced to flee to India by the violence and instability unleashed by Partition. Bauji has lost everything in the transition, and when his daughter Tara gives birth to a son, Arjun, everyone's hopes are pinned on the child the revive the family's fortunes in an independent India.
Together the voices of the various generations tell the story of a fine family and a great country as both struggle to build a new future in difficult circumstances.
Gurcharan Das's novel is a worthy addition to the body of fiction that deals with the anguish and bitter memories of one of the most sorrowful disasters in recorded history. - - The Hindu