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
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!
Sultan"azad" kowaishi, Rehana, Kashmira etc, all the fictional characters stand for something. A brilliantly written book, consisting of historical icons along with embedded fictional characters make for an intresting read. Let me tell you an incident close to the ending, as it won't spoil anything. All of us know what happened in 1947-48. At the end, azad lies dead in Pakistan after securing kashmira from clutches of a corrupt official of Pakistan and transferring her to India. After the death of Jinnah, a minute of silence was observed in Rehana's school ekta. Such powerful imagery...
An extremely honest and authentic book which wraps the penultimate and tumultuous stage of India's fight for freedom quite vividly. Very well written and deeply researched book which intertwine the fictional element and history with amazing versatility . An interesting book which one must read to understand Jinnah and could help changing opinion of multitude of Indians.
Historical fiction are always difficult, moreover when background is as sensitive as Independence struggle and partition. In most cases, reader already has a mental image of the such historic events therefore It demands a enormous artistic skill to create a new draw a new picture on same canvas without distorting the background. This is exactly where the author has excelled, he has succeeded in flawlessly weaving a simple story line through complex interlacing of independence struggle, partition, Gandhi-Jinnah ideology and human relationships.
An interesting panorama of a crucial period in Indian history.A fairly unknown glimpse of the Anglicised rich in Mumbai.But a a few gaffes could have been avoided.For example,I have never heard the name Dhondav.Konkan is nowhere near Poona.The locality in Mumbai is Madanpura,not Madanpuri.Great read,enjoyable.