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Train to Pakistan “In the summer of , when the creation of the state of Pakistan was formally announced, ten million people—Muslims and Hindus and Sikhs—were in flight By the time the monsoon broke, almost a million of them were dead, and all of northern India was in arms, in terror, or in hiding The only remaining oases of peace were a scatter of little villages lost in the remote reaches of the frontier One of these villages was Mano Majra”It is a place, Khushwant Singh goes on to tell us at the beginning of this classic novel, where Sikhs and Muslims have lived together in peace for hundreds of years Then one day, at the end of the summer, the “ghost train” arrives, a silent, incredible funeral train loaded with the bodies of thousands of refugees, bringing the village its first taste of the horrors of the civil war Train to Pakistan is the story of this isolated village that is plunged into the abyss of religious hate It is also the story of a Sikh boy and a Muslim girl whose love endured and transcends the ravages of war Pretext: I don't feel the story deserves anything less than 5, but disturbing, or rather unsettling as it is, I can't just simply recommend it to everyone And that's the only cons I felt.Before we were even introduced to the subject of history, we knew 1947 as the year India gained independence.Later, much later we came to know that that was also the year of Partition.Quite some time after that we came to know of these books (from elder ones), and our parents allowed us to read them even later Well, I did earlier though, my Dad believed in my choice I, however don't know if I should have read it then, but if not then then now, for still I don't have a strong enough stomach to help me avoid sleepless nights after this The time of Partition was 'hard' even if you just consider the interreligious riots Hence, clearly enough the stories set on that time ought to be be just as chafed and cannibalistic as this one is, perhaps even , for here you can't see the rawnessyou rather feel it through the frightening ironical statements the author used, many times against even our own customs and superstitions Muslim said the Hindus had planned and started the killing According to the Hindus, the Muslims were to blame The fact is, both sides killed Both shit and stabbed and speared and clubbed Both tortured Both raped This was how the tale began.The distressing aspect is that the author, not for a single moment claimed entirety He spoke in here 'just' about Mano Majra, and except the beginning, didn't talk about anyone,or anything irrelevant to it Just to show you how it 'was' on the actual scale You have seen the world and read many books, but take it from me that a snake can cast it's slough but not it's poison There is no crime in anyone's blood anythan there is goodness in the blood of others, I will speak less about the story than even in the back cover I only feel that books like these claimthe genre of realistic horror tales than historical fiction Ruthless bandits, corrupt policemen, radical pseudointellectuals all are in here just like the people around you.Each and every character to whom the author gave reign one time or another generates a duality of disgust and sympathy in you The best thing is that even the protagonist is of a villainous personality So you see, you won't find any socalled ideologies in here from anyone So, all in all, a very wellcrafted story to stay awake a few nights I did, and that's rare.'Come!' they yelled 'Come out, if you have the courage! Come out, if you want your mothers and sisters raped! Come out, brave men!'No one answered them There was not a sound in Mano Majra. every time i want to write a review, i just, struck, plain and simple but this time i decided to write anything or something why i gave this book five stars? because its an Indian literature? and about us Indians? no, certainly not, because its about characters, which are, u know, are fictitious, but situated in in nonfictitious and hardcore reality, struggle to maintain balance consistently between whats good and bad Train to Pakistan by Khushwant Singh is a story about the violence during Hindustan and Pakistan creation(1947) so naturally we can assume it as a story about HinduMuslim communal violence, where there are some good people and bad people in both parties, some heroes and some villains also there, good people trying to save good people from opposite side, people turning bad towards their own side people In between all this chaos, there wasa character, who was a magistrate, held high position, not by politically, but socially in the minds of illiterate and socially under achievers, but good people He picked a sixteen or less years old girl (she herself not sure about her age) to have physical sex and she reminded him as his dead daughter and he drove it from his conscious mind by drinking whiskey This man became responsible to save hundreds of people (not related to him by blood, caste, religion and by any other social means except they are humans) and to stop to turn a train into corpse carrier.a dacoit socially a wrong man and morally good one, fallen love with a girl of opposite side(according situation the, one side had to kill opposite side), also pregnanted her, and also sacrificed himself(physically means killed) to save her and to stop to turn a train into corpse carrier.a comrade, atheist, Muslim by religion preached about morals highly, about government's inability, about rich and poor and he also morally good and but failed to do anything to stop to turn a train into corpse carrier a river, its water increasing, crossing its borders and ready to eat villages, standing beside her(its metaphor, i think, indicating growing evil)Khushwant sir put all these things and several others, transformed it into a blackhud, suspense story(because till the end i don't is the turn going to turn a train into corpse carrier? i wished Train to be turned into train into corpse carrier and then its give an another reason simply to dislike the religion, and i dislike religion) about some people living in a village, beside Hindustan and Pakistan borders, not affected by Hindustan and Pakistan splittinghatingrapingbutchering reality, but going to be affected soon and about the trains were carrying corpses which were crossing from both countries to respective countries Khushwant sir given a clear picture of social, political, physical and mental atmospheres, during that period,of people who must be happy that they got freedom, instead they like to cleanse opposite side of their respective homes.i don't know its a review or something or anything just wanted to write something or anything about this book.if anyone read this review or something or anything, please not forget to mention grammar mistakes, know i did but don't know where Read on blogThe story takes place in an isolated village Mano Majra where people from different religions like Hindus, Sikhs, and Muslims coexist in peace The village stands as a symbol of ignorance and peace until the harmony is threatened by an incident which raises suspicion, chaos, and animosity that ensues from the rift created among different communities.The story is told from the point of view of three major characters: Jagga, an infamous robber, Hukum Chand, a magistrate who’s responsible for the peace in the village and Iqbal, a political activist and a mysterious identity who visits the village with a purpose of triggering proletariat revolution.Despite having a slow pace, the book is very engaging The scenic descriptions and the depiction of the daily lives of the people in the book are so vivid and detailed, it feels like I was present there and experiencing things myself.I loved the use of symbolism to depict the events happening in the village The disruption of the daytoday activities like the train schedule shows the disruption of the rhythm of their daily lives The author, at various places, criticizes the different aspects of society like people’s moral codes, religious beliefs, inequality, corrupt practices, and points out the hypocrisy of the people The situation in the village shows how easy it is to manipulate people on religious grounds Since they abused and beat him without anger or hate, they were not human beings with names They were only denominations one tried to get the better of If one failed, it was just bad luck The ending just brought tears to my eyes The author neatly depicts the complexity of human nature and points out the difference between one’s beliefs and actions The book stays relevant even now as things haven’t changed much in today’s age It’s a beautiful book worth reading. India has not changed much even after 70 years of independence when it comes to religion it's sad and heartbreaking :(

  • Paperback
  • 192 pages
  • Train to Pakistan
  • Khushwant Singh
  • English
  • 13 March 2019

About the Author: Khushwant Singh

Khushwant Singh, (Punjabi: ਖ਼ੁਸ਼ਵੰਤ ਸਿੰਘ, Hindi: खुशवंत सिंह) born on 2 February 1915 in Hadali, Undivided India, (now a part of Pakistan), was a prominent Indian novelist and journalist Singh's weekly column, With Malice towards One and All, carried by several Indian newspapers, was among the most widely read columns in the country.An important post colonial novelist writing in English, Singh

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