It is the saga of riots which had spread much before the partition of India. There were murders, rapes, abductions, looting and arson and the government machinery miserably failed to control it. The law and order had gone haywire. The novel is mainly the story of three young boys who had lost their entire family during the riots. One of them though academically brilliant and career wise reached a coveted position but could not adjust with the unfamiliar ambiance, was a social misfit and a failure in life. The other two through their sheer grit made a mark in their life and bravely faced all the odds and obstacles in an alien milieu. The novel is full of pathos, events, drama, romance and typical Punjabi sense of humour. The book advocates against religious bigotry without being didactic, because of which mankind is suffering till date. It is a great subject for a movie.
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Published March 9, 2012
Literature & Fiction.