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Across the Line Paperback – Import, 22 November 2019
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- Paperback : 248 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0143446037
- ISBN-13 : 978-0143446033
- Item Weight : 181 g
- Publisher : Penguin (22 November 2019)
- Reading level : 12 and up
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #53,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Partition is a difficult time in Indian history and for us who didn't experience it, it can be just that, a history lesson. Across the line brings the event close to us and hits where it hurts- our hearts. If history has to be believed it has to be felt and that's what this story does.
But don't think it's all serious and sad. The story is about today's children and is full of a lot of jokes and a light hearted narrative on their lives that helps us to deal with the hard parts better.
Nayanika has written from her family's lives and woven facts into an engrossing story. No mean achievement.
A must read for adults and children alike.
If there is anything that people on both sides of the border would relate to unequivocally, it would have to be cricket, the love of food and family values amongst a few others which are all celebrated in the book.
'Across the Line' is not just a story for young adults to eschew differences across the border and change their way of thinking, but a reminder to pause and take a look back at life and see how uncomplicated life was with the best of basics. I could relate to so many of the growing up stories, Iam sure many of our generation were a Jai and an Inaya in themselves and had a Rustom, Zain and Saba for company.
A must read in these troubled times .......
If you haven't read this book, your missing something.
The simplicity of the words and the vivid images that it creats in one's mind is amazing.
Read it, trust me you cannot put it down
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To see the Partition of India and its aftermath through the eyes of children of that time, and then again two generations later, is to break away from every political narrative we’ve ever seen. The women in the book especially, from the youngest to the oldest, are gutsy, stereotype-breaking characters who I will carry in my heart forever. And the men draw our sympathy too, for the difficulties of their positions.
I hope the book travels far and wide and touches many many hearts!
In these tumultuous times when divisiveness rules the roost the world over, be it for race or religion, creed or colour, this generational saga of tenderness amidst trauma, is literally the whiff of fresh air needed the world over. Mahtani’s strength vests in the four main characters crafted with loving care and attentive detail. While the gentle gender-bender antics of the two teenagers keep us entertained, the emotional journey of the two older characters, ravaged by the aftermath of partition several decades ago, lays bare the futility of fundamentalism and hate. Mahtani pulls off all this without being judgmental, without being preachy, and employing minor characters to provide the contrarian views. The visuals are rich and the dialogues believably real. There is indeed a Young Adult movie in there!