Read "Train To Pakistan" by Khuswant Singh with Rakuten Kobo. It is a place, Khushwant Singh goes on to tell us at the beginning of this classic novel, where. trated golden jubilee edition of Khushwant Singh's novel Train to Pakistan Bourke-White to freeze frames of the Partition for his book” (Joshua. Editorial Reviews. From the Back Cover. It is a place, Khushwant Singh goes on to tell us at the (February 1, ); Publication Date: February 1, ; Language: English; ISBN ; ASIN: B00FH28N6E; Text-to-Speech: Enabled This is a very interesting book about the partition of India and Pakistan.


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Each side has a few rows of hot cement train to pakistan novel english seating for people to come and observe the lowering of the flags ceremony conducted by the military.

People were taking turns running their countries flags to the middle gates and back, blazing their own music, and having competitions to see who could hold out the longest shout. I stayed in my seat. The ceremonies were identical on either side.

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Everything seemed the same expect for one thing. The flags were lowered, a handshake was exchanged between the guards, and the gates were slammed shut for the day.


I do not know enough about what has happened since Partition when this book was set to understand what the current situation is between these two countries with a rocky history together, but in the moment I just could not stop thinking about this book.

Train to pakistan novel english are we celebrating? Or is it time to stop crying over spilled milk?

The themes of this book train to pakistan novel english up again during my experience in Amritsar. We went to one restaurant and the owner was sat beneath three pictures—one of Lord Shiva, one of Guru Nanak, and the third of his late father.

One of the girls in our group straight up asked him if he was a Hindu. What is the legacy of Partition in India today, especially here on the border? The end message of this book was profound.

It is individuals who change the world.

Pictures of my experience can be found on my academic blog http: Examination of the varied groups of people not only increases cultural and social understanding of train to pakistan novel english time and place, but also shows that the blame could not be placed on any one group; all were responsible.

According to the Hindus, the Muslims were to blame. The fact is, both sides killed.

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Both shot and stabbed and speared and clubbed. Mano Majra, the fictional village on the border of Pakistan and India in which the story takes place, is predominantly Muslim and Sikh.

Singh shows how they lived in a bubble, surrounded by mobs of Muslims who hate Sikhs and mobs of Sikhs who hate Muslims, while in the village they had always lived together peacefully. Villagers were in the dark about happenings of larger train to pakistan novel english than the village outskirts, gaining much of their information through rumor and word of mouth.

This train to pakistan novel english them especially susceptible to outside views.


We were born here. So were our ancestors. After the Muslims leave to a refugee camp from where they will eventually go to Pakistan, a group of religious agitators comes to Mano Majra and instills in the local Sikhs a hatred for Muslims and convinces a local gang to attempt mass murder as the Train to pakistan novel english leave on their train to Pakistan.

If groups of people are examined on a closer level than their religious attachments, a more detailed social structure emerges.

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Government officials were corrupt, manipulative of villagers, and could arrest anyone they chose for any reason, more often than not for their own benefit. They did just enough in terms of dealing with the dispute so that nobody could say that they did not do anything.

The law enforcement was completely at the whim of the local government, meaning that in practice, there train to pakistan novel english no law. Also, small amounts of educated people trickled in and out of villages, trying to instill in people democratic, communist, or other western ideologies, though the common people were turned off and confused by their unorthodoxy.

To better understand the situation surrounding the partition of India, Singh train to pakistan novel english information about both religions involved.

The book sheds light on the various religious practices of both Sikhs and Muslims in rural India.

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