The Train to Pakistan is a novel which has captured the essential human trauma and suffering in the face of unforeseen terror and crisis. Set during the Partition of 1947, the novel manages to showcase a different take on such a turbulent time. It commences with a description of Mano Majra, a little village with Muslim and Sikh population that suddenly becomes a part of the border between Indian and Pakistan. An idyllic and peaceful village, Mano Majra resorted to love and harmony even at the face of all odds till external forces come and disrupted all the harmony. Torn between them and their vested interests are two people. Also, underlying it is a love story that transcends all religion and odds. Regarded as one of the most heart-rending testimonials of the partition of 1947, the Train to Pakistan is an ideal novel for those who wish to learn more about India’s past.
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