A Sahitya Akademi Award winning novel, it tells more of the truth about partition than any historical study.
A sweeping, shattering saga of the colossal tragedy and disruption that accompanied the partition and independence in the Indian subcontinent.
Mr., Nahal, with detailed description of the daily lives of seven families shows how they were swept along by events. Hindus and Muslims spoke and wrote one Punjabi language, implicitly respected each other's religion, intermarried, shared business interests, attended mixed classes in schools, joined a mixed police force and mixed armed regiments - but in 1947 it all disappeared. Mr. Nahal's simple and moving story brings out each of these points.
PRESS REVIEWS: This novel will take its place as one of the rare tragic narratives in Indian fiction, intensely felt, poignant. - - THE HINDUSTAN TIMES
Told with a confident realism lost to English fiction. - - THE OBSERVER, London
Here is India. India colorfully, penetratingly, amusingly and agonizingly. No one but an Indian could have written this book, and not many Indian would do it as well as Chaman Nahal. - - THE SEATTLE TIMES, Seattle, USA
This is a book very swell worth reading. - - THE TIMES OF INDIA
A passage to India written by an Indian - with a lyrical loving tone. - - CHICAGO TRIBUNE, Chicago, USA