- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Penguin; 1st Edition edition (2 February 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0143065882
- ISBN-13: 978-0143065883
- Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 1.2 x 13.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 490 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Train to Pakistan Paperback – 2 Feb 2016
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An Authentic Version on Partition Manomajra, a tiny villages slumbers without much din of the urbane suddenly comes alive with fanaticism takes hold of the innocent villagers. The amity and goodwill give place to rancour and so the majority, the Sikhs on knowing the horrors let loose by Muslims in Pakistan on their brethern Sikhs, would like to let out their rages on their fellow villagers- Muslims. It is cast against a love story between a Sikh and a Muslim girl for whose sake the rustic makes a sacrifice thereby allowing her and the rest of the Muslims on their journey to the Promised Land, Pakistan. --Dr V Pala Prasada
read Train to Pakistan years ago, right back when I was in college. I can still never forget the novel, which is undoubtedly one of my favourite Indian novels in English. Khushwant Singh is a daring story-teller. He manages to remain one of the few who refrain from much of the linguistic pomp, glamour, and political pretense that dogs Indian English writers. His language is simple; his message is startling. The novel is based on the time when India won independence, and when the partition took place. Singh blends satire and compassion with heart felt anger: at the hypocrisy and cowardice of social activists, and at the bureaucracy and corruption that permeates Indian politics. The climax of the novel is the message of the story: action is never political; it is only personal. Nobody is going to get up and do a thing for anyone else unless it's for someone they love, unless it's something that comes from the heart. This book is an absolute must read for every single person who cares about Hindu-Muslim harmony. --Supriya Thanawala Nov 19, 2011
Khushwant at his best... A must read for all english prose readers... read this book many years back.. but still i remember each and every character of the novel... Gud narration, story set in the backdrop of partition of india.. describes love,lust,burtality of humans in a simple way.. --Santhosh Tarikere Devananda Dec 2, 2011
About the Author
Khushwant Singh was India’s best-known writer and columnist. He was founder-editor of Yojana and editor of The Illustrated Weekly of India, the National Herald and Hindustan Times. He was a member of Parliament from 1980 to 1986. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1974 but returned the decoration in 19984 in protest against the storming of the Golden Temple in Amritsar by the Indian Army. In 2007 he was awarded the Padma Vibhushan.
He passed away in 2014 at the age of ninety-nine.
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The book is about partition, but it is as relevant for today's world as it would have been in 1947. Even today people are not free to marry another person just because they belong to different religions. So much madness is going on throughout the world. There is religious extremism (terrorism) giving rise to madness to kill and there are vested interest which protect such madness.
The books gives a message silently but very effectively that human beings have to realise that we all are human being, and there is no glory in unnecessary killing and wanton destruction. Perhaps the society will relaise it at some point of time, somewhere, someday ... a religion of humanity ...
The language of the book is simple and gripping.The story of Train to Pakistan is slow in the beginning but picks on gradually as the events unfold. The end is the best part of the book because, when I finished reading, I was in tears.
Though it's a small book, only having 190 pages, but the story those pages holds, tells a lot about the life and times, right after the independence of India.
Please don't dare to miss this one. As always Amazon is amazing.
The story starts right after the partition of Indian subcontinent. The bulk of the story takes place in a little isolated village called Mano Majra in Punjab on the Eastern (Indian) side of the Radcliff line. The only connection this village has to the outside world is the train station that sees trains going to and fro between Indian and Pakistan, while they take a halt. The Sikhs and Muslims live by with their daily lives in total harmony. Although they are aware of the happenings in the subcontinent, they are mostly perplexed by the whole concept of Independence and partition. How one of these trains changes the status quo of this place is the theme.
It is rather a short read with very simple writing. I really loved the well developed characters here. Even some of the darker characters have their thought process explored. This, along with Manto's works, are the definite read for looking at the partition at the grassroots level of the common folk, bringing in the much needed human dimension in understanding the India-Pakistan partition. There are many quotable lines here, which I would want to revisit every once in a while.
I did not know how much to expect going into this book, but it was a definitely well worth a read. On a side note, I was reading this book mostly on my train journeys, so that was an added factor in me falling in love with the whole setting. Would definitely recommend it to people of the Indian subcontinent.
The tone of narration is neutral, and Singh judiciously criticizes everyone from the common man to the Government.
The story is beautifully scripted. The thoughts of Iqbal in the closing chapter is quite thought provoking. Some parts were too filmy, and so decided on 4 stars. But the end was sharp, crisp and timed right. Any epilogue, or even a few more paragraphs would have taken away the charm of this lovely story.
End is the reason for the extra star. Loved it.
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