Train to Pakistan

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Roli Books, 2006 - Fiction - 263 pages
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"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."

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User Review  - DeltaQueen50 - LibraryThing

Train To Pakistan by Khushwant Singh is set in 1947, a turbulent time in India as the British Raj ends, and the Partition of Pakistan from India takes place. Although inequality was a way of life in ... Read full review

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User Review  - whitewavedarling - LibraryThing

This is a quick read, and fairly interesting, with characters that are both believable and unique, worth reading about. However, for me at least, the ending came across as both rushed and somewhat ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Khushwant Singh was born on February 2, 1915 in the village of Hadali in what is now the Punjab province of Pakistan. He attended St. Stephen's College in Delhi, Government College in Lahore, and King's College London. In 1947, he worked for India's ministry of external affairs and served as press officer in Ottawa and London. From 1980 to 1986, he was a member of the upper house of the Indian parliament. He was an author and journalist. His newspaper column, With Malice Towards One and All, was syndicated all over India. During his lifetime, he wrote more than 100 novels and short-story collections including Train to Pakistan, I Shall Not Hear the Nightingale, Delhi: A Novel, The Company of Women, and The Sunset Club. He also wrote a two-volume History of the Sikhs, an autobiography entitled Truth, Love and a Little Malice, and a book of biographical profiles entitled The Good, the Bad and the Ridiculous. He died on March 20, 2014 at the age of 99.

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