During the chaos of Partition in 1947, something dreadful happened in the city of Jalandhar in Punjab. As a result of this, Salman Rashid’s family fled Jalandhar for Pakistan, the newly created country across the border. They were among the nearly two million people uprooted from their homes in the greatest transmigration in history.
Besides those who fled, other members of the family became part of a grimmer statistic: they featured among the more than one million unfortunate souls who paid with their lives for the division of India and creation of Pakistan. After living in the shadow of his family’s tragedy for decades, in 2008, Rashid made the journey back to his ancestral village to uncover the truth. A Time of Madness tells the story of what he discovered with great poignancy and grace. It is a tale of unspeakable brutality, but it is also a testament to the uniquely human traits of forgiveness, redemption and the resilience of the human spirit.
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- Swati Vaidya
A Must read / listen book on pain of partition
It is a very good book. For anyone interested in India and Pakistan, and the partition of India in 1947, this book is worth not ignoring.
Written in a lucid manner, while reading the book you are able to admire the language and linger on the sequence of the words.
If you listen to the audible book then, the voice modulation communicates the emotions, the nostalgia and a kind of unpreparedness about what may come forward about the past long forgone, though you are keen to find it out so much. Excellent book. A big Thank you for this book, from this side of the border of the Indian subcontinent, to the author of this book Mr. Salman Rashid.