"In Train to Pakistan, truth meets fiction with stunning impact, as Khushwant Singh recounts the trauma and tragedy of Partition through the stories of his characters‚€”stories that he, his family and friends themselves experienced or saw enacted before their eyes. A bestseller when it was first published in 1956, Train to Pakistan is now widely accepted as one of the classics of modern Indian fiction. In the summer of 1947, the frontier between India and its newly-created neighbour, Pakistan, has become a river of blood, as the post-Partition exodus across the border erupts into violent rioting. But in the tiny village of Mano Majra, which boasts of ‚€˜only three-brick buildings‚€™, Sikhs and Muslims continue to live peacefully, their lives regulated by the trains which rattle across the river bridge. Until Lala Ram Lal, the local moneylender is murdered. Suspicion falls upon Jugga, the village gangster, who is carrying on a clandestine affair with a Muslim girl. Then a train comes to an unscheduled stop, and the villagers discover it is full of dead Sikhs. A few days later, the same thing happens again. Mano Majra turns into a battlefield of conflicting loyalties, which none can control. In the stirring climax, it is left to Jugga to redeem himself by saving many Muslim lives.
About the author
A much-revered journalist and columnist, Khushwant Singh is also an accomplished historian (History of the Sikhs, Vols. I & II), and an award-winning novelist. His vast oeuvre includes translations, joke books, books on Delhi, women, nature and current affairs. Awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1974, Khushwant Singh returned the honour in 1984 to register his protest against Operation Bluestar‚€”the Union Government‚€™s siege of the Golden Temple. Khushwant Singh was a Member of Parliament from 1980 to 1986. Ever since, he has devoted himself to what he excels in--writing."