Thumbs up to Kiran Doshi for this one. Although the plot is weaved in fiction, Desai puts in a lot of thought to make it an informative and enriching experience. As an Indian I was initially quite wary of purchasing a book that had Muhammad Ali Jinnah graciously adorning its covers ( :p). But this turned out to be a very pleasant surprise indeed. The writing style is easy and engaging, you could go on and on without feeling tied down at all and that's all thanks to the plot which Desai chooses to portray- no less interesting than the partition era, though mostly centered around Bombay. Be ready to get a fresh perspective on Jinnah, who I think was one of the most misunderstood and misconstrued man during Independence. The packing and delivery were immaculate as usual and the book reached me without any damage.
Accidentally found this title on Amazon, and bought it just like that... Pleasantly surprised - this is a fictionalized (feels so real) account of the decades before Independence and all the many actors. And easy read, brings into sharp relief about the genesis of the Hindu Muslim polarization, the pettiness that lead to Pakistan....equally raises many questions. If you are interested in history and personalities - must read
Loved the book . Amazing mix of facts and fictions. While reading the book , I had visualised every incident .I'm still thinking about it. I refused to accept the facts that Sultan and Rehana were just fictional character. May be ,they were not. Anyways, every history lover would enjoy it.
An interesting labyrinth of the Independence struggle of India...A judicious mix of the real and the imaginary and I recommend it to anyone who has a penchant for historical account of a society or rather a civilization.
Fiction is a beautiful way to document history and this book is an excellent example of that. Apt for present times, whem we ought to question: what is nationalism after all and the cost it entails which is never captured in the grand narratives of historical events. A must read!
Looking forward to a 3 season television series on this. This is so fabulously written and television series like this used to be broadcasted on DD1 in early 90s but not now. Strongly looking forward to one based on this book.