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Train To Pakistan shows what it must have been for the people caught in the middle of the Partition, when a country is divided along communal lines

Summary Of The Book

The Partition in history is a record of a point in time when the country was split apart along religious lines. It is an abstract piece of history for most people. While many books have documented the Partition and the violence surrounding it, most have focused on the social and political causes, and analyzed it as a collection of abstract data. Train To Pakistan is one of the books that focuses on the human drama, the real suffering of the people caught in the middle.

Mano Majra is a village that suddenly becomes part of a border between two countries. The population of the village is predominantly Sikh and Muslim. When news of communal riots and killings reach the village, the different communities express their support for each other and swear to defend one another. However, external influences are just waiting around the corner to disturb this idyllic harmony.

A train filled with the massacred bodies of Hindus and Sikhs arrives at Mano Majra. Slowly, passions gets stoked up, especially by the influx of refugees from the newly created Pakistan. They have tales of horror to tell, and the passions of Sikhs and Hindus of the village are stirred up.
Vested interests, including that of the village magistrate’s, stir up the flames. Hindus and Sikhs who just recently swore to stand by their Muslim neighbors now turn against them. Caught in all this are Juggut Singh and Iqbal. Juggut is a criminal, while Iqbal is a western educated intellectual who is on a mission to reform society. The common thread that binds them together is that they are both thrown into jail as suspects in a murder.

Ram Lal, a local moneylender, has been murdered. Ram Lal was a Hindu and this is used by subversive elements to incite violence against Muslims. The police, in a desperate attempt to divert attention, arrest Iqbal and Juggut.

Meanwhile, as the violence escalates, a train arrives to take the Muslim population of the village en masse to Pakistan. But the rioters have no intention of letting the Muslims leave in peace.

About Khushwant Singh

Khushwant Singh was a journalist and author.

Other books by this writer include The History of Sikhs, The Fall of the Kingdom of the Punjab, Not a Nice Man to Know: The Best of Khushwant Singh, Truth, Love and a Little Malice, The Sunset Club, and Paradise and Other Stories.

Khushwant Singh was born in 1915 in a region of Punjab which is now a part of Pakistan. He studied at St. Stephen's College, Delhi, and at King's College in London. He later studied for the Bar at the Inner Temple. During his journalistic career, he has worked with numerous publications like the Yojana, The Illustrated Weekly of India, Hindustan Times and The National Herald. During his tenure as Editor of The Illustrated Weekly, the magazine’s circulation jumped from 65,000 to 400,000. Khushwant singh is known for his caustic wit. He has been a member of the Rajya Sabha. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1974.

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Author KHUSHWANT SINGH
Book Details
Publisher Penguin Books
Imprint PENG MOD CLASSICS
Publication Year 2009 February
ISBN-13 9780143065883
ISBN-10 0143065882
Language English
Edition 01
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 190 Pages
Dimensions
Weight 182 g
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19 Nov 2011
Goose-bump inducing

I read Train to Pakistan years ago, right back when I was in college. I can still never forget the novel, which is undoubtedly one of my favourite Indian novels in English.

Khushwant Singh is a daring story-teller. He manages to remain one of the few who refrain from much of the linguistic pomp, glamour, and political pretense that dogs Indian English writers.

His language is simple; his message is startling. The novel is based on the time when India won independence, and when the partition took place. Singh blends satire and compassion with heart felt anger: at the hypocrisy and cowardic...
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I read Train to Pakistan years ago, right back when I was in college. I can still never forget the novel, which is undoubtedly one of my favourite Indian novels in English.

Khushwant Singh is a daring story-teller. He manages to remain one of the few who refrain from much of the linguistic pomp, glamour, and political pretense that dogs Indian English writers.

His language is simple; his message is startling. The novel is based on the time when India won independence, and when the partition took place. Singh blends satire and compassion with heart felt anger: at the hypocrisy and cowardic...
I read Train to Pakistan years ago, right back when I was in college. I can still never forget the novel, which is undoubtedly one of my favourite Indian novels in English.

Khushwant Singh is a daring story-teller. He manages to remain one of the few who refrain from much of the linguistic pomp, glamour, and political pretense that dogs Indian English writers.

His language is simple; his message is startling. The novel is based on the time when India won independence, and when the partition took place. Singh blends satire and compassion with heart felt anger: at the hypocrisy and cowardice of social activists, and at the bureaucracy and corruption that permeates Indian politics.

The climax of the novel is the message of the story: action is never political; it is only personal. Nobody is going to get up and do a thing for anyone else unless it's for someone they love, unless it's something that comes from the heart.

This book is an absolute must read for every single person who cares about Hindu-Muslim harmony.

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Train to Pakistan

I have purchased from flipcart. Regarding cost and delivery schedule I have to complain. But the book is not the original one. It is photocopy of the original one. I mean to say it is pirated version of the book.

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02 Dec 2011
A must read

Khushwant at his best...
A must read for all english prose readers...
read this book many years back.. but still i remember each and every character of the novel...
Gud narration, story set in the backdrop of partition of india..
describes love,lust,burtality of humans in a simple way..

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Timeless classic... However...

timeless classic! Must buy...
However... this edition contains extreme graphic images of dead people, riots and its aftermath. Be careful with this book and don't gift it to kids or pregnant ladies. If you want this book for family reading buy other edition, one without pictures.

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Train to Pakistan

Kiet Vo
November 7, 2012
English 210
Train to Pakistan
The independence of India from Great Britain rule in 1947 was one of the most historic events in South Asia history. With the new found independence, India also inherited the age old problem between the Hindus and Muslims. Khushwant Singh tries to depict this time of chaos in his novel Train to Pakistan. The novel was based on this factious small town called Mano Majra in the summer of 1947 where Muslims, Hindus, and Sikhs have lived peacefully side by side for hundreds of years. After the partition of India, a bloody civil war breaks o...
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Kiet Vo
November 7, 2012
English 210
Train to Pakistan
The independence of India from Great Britain rule in 1947 was one of the most historic events in South Asia history. With the new found independence, India also inherited the age old problem between the Hindus and Muslims. Khushwant Singh tries to depict this time of chaos in his novel Train to Pakistan. The novel was based on this factious small town called Mano Majra in the summer of 1947 where Muslims, Hindus, and Sikhs have lived peacefully side by side for hundreds of years. After the partition of India, a bloody civil war breaks o...
Kiet Vo
November 7, 2012
English 210
Train to Pakistan
The independence of India from Great Britain rule in 1947 was one of the most historic events in South Asia history. With the new found independence, India also inherited the age old problem between the Hindus and Muslims. Khushwant Singh tries to depict this time of chaos in his novel Train to Pakistan. The novel was based on this factious small town called Mano Majra in the summer of 1947 where Muslims, Hindus, and Sikhs have lived peacefully side by side for hundreds of years. After the partition of India, a bloody civil war breaks out between the Hindus and Muslims that would soon engulf the town Mano Majra in blood and chaos. Khushwant Singh shows through his characters how problems such as class system, government corruption, and whole population with very little or no education can lead to bloody and chaotic civil war.
The class system is one of the oldest ideas that are found in almost every society in history. Up until recent times, people were labeled in a certain class as soon as they were born that is usually the class of their family. They would only be able to move up in the system through education. With the lower class being very poor, education was a luxury only the rich can afford. A good example would be the characters of Aqbal and Juggut in the novel Train to Pakistan. Aqbal is a social worker that was very well educated in England all his life. Juggut was a poor peasant that was had no education at all. Even when arrested, Aqbal was treated very well compared to Juggut because of the defference in education level have placed them in different class level. Aqbal was in the class ???A??? prisoner level while Juggut was in at the bottom of class ???c???. The different class level also came with different level of treatment. The upper class was given warm food, good beds, and newspaper to read and write. The lower class was given food that was thrown to them, sleep on the floor, and not even a lamp to light their cell. This different treatment between the different class systems would eventually lead to the lower rebelling against the upper class in a bloody civil war.
Another problem that induced India into the chaotic civil war was the high level of government corruption at every level of the government. After the partition, India was left to be governed by corruption greedy officials that only wanted become more rich and powerfully. They would only enforce the laws that benefit them and arrest anyone that object to their rule. A good example of the high level of government corruption in the novel Train to Pakistan would be the character Hukum Chand. Hukum Chand was the deputy inspector that in charge of the area including the town of Mano Majra. He would knowingly break laws such as having sex with prostitutes and arresting someone without justifiable cause or evidence. An example of this corruption is when he ordered the arrest of Aqbal and Juggut for the death of Ram Lal without any evidence. Aqbal arrived in the town after the murder along with the police officers. Juggut had evidence that he was outside of the town during the murder. This level of government corruption would led to the actions of thousands of people being murdered while the police doing nothing in fear for their own lives.
Another problem that help plunged India into the chaos was the high level of uneducated people in India. Most of the people didn???t even know how to read and write. Those with education only had to the level of a sixth grader. They would get easily taken advantage of by other people into doing such crimes such as murdering thousands of innocent people because they are a different race and the source of the problem. A good example of is when the young military officer led the villager into trying to kill all the people on the train going to Pakistan. Even when the temple keeper tried to reason with group into not going, the villagers still went because they didn???t realize that they were being taken advantage of.
Train to Pakistan was a very graphic novel that how bloodshed and chaos can happen as long as problems such as corruption and poverty is widespread. The novel also depicts how people are always in control of their actions no matter how bad the situation may be. I would recommend this novel to only mature audience because of the graphic depiction of death and chaos.

Work Cited
Singh, Khushwant. Train to Pakistan. New York. Grove Press Inc. 1956

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Treat for book lovers

Its indeed a treat for book lovers who enjoy a good story with historic/patriotic background. And offcourse, written by legend-Khuswant Singh himself, it tends to keep you engrossed with the flow and taking you back in time with the effective description of every scenario. I enjoyed reading it. A... (View complete review)

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