एक बुक जर्नल: Train to Pakistan by Khushwant Singh

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Train to Pakistan by Khushwant Singh

Rating: 4/5
Finished On:29th October 2013


Train to Pakistan is a  novel of Khushwant Singh. The events in the novel take place in the summer of 1947, when India and Pakistan were partitioned. The decision to divide India into two states India and Pakistan was followed by the communal riots in which lots of people lost their lives.
People of different communities blamed each other for the riots but this line clearly states describes what happened then:

'The fact is, both sides killed. Both shot and stabbed and speared and clubbed. Both tortured. Both raped.'

The events in the book take place in a little village called Mano Majra,situated in the border of India and Pakistan. The partition doesn't means much for people living in this village. Then the local money lender is murdered and the blame falls on Jugget Singh aka Jugga who is in love with a local muslim girl. Meanwhile tensions in the country increase as trains carrying dead people arrive from Pakistan. The people retaliate and send these dead trains back. When one of these trains from Pakistan arrives in Mano Majra carrying dead Sikhs, the communal tension in the village increases. Neither the magistrate nor the police seem capable of holding  back the rising  waves of violence. At the end it falls on the hands of Jugget Singh to thwart the plans of religious zealots and rioteers for the train going to Pakistan which also carries his lover.

The train to Pakistan is a great novel. The author has beautifully potrayed the lives of the village and the idiosyncrasies of its people. Also he has potrayed how gullible people can be swayed to violence using the name of religion . 
This is the second time i've read this book. The first time was when i was in 12th.
I loved the book then and i loved it now. I'll recommend the book to everyone.

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