Indian independence from British domination beholds one particular tragic ‘travesty of justice’ whose saga is indispensively carried forward through the catharsis of thousands refugees across the border who has lost their land and recognition amidst blasphemy. Veera Hiranandani is known for her empathetic chutzpah through her previous publications. Her latest creation ‘The Night Diary’ speaks of the emotion, thoughts, feelings of Indian Partition 1947 as experienced by a 12 year old girl amidst soci-political animosity and atrocity.
Nisha, a Half-Hindu Half-Muslim girl is bereft of mother lullaby since the beginning of her life. Her father is the sole asset in her life besides the homeland which falls in erstwhile Pakistan during partition. She has seen several painful deaths, rampages in and around her hometown which instigates her father to leave Pakistan in search better future in India. Thereby, a 12 year old Nisha begins her emotionally perturbed journey by train and then by foot from Pakistan towards India. Despite an atmosphere of uncanny agony the story also unveils a optimistic ray of hope, togetherness, fraternity, dream in the heart of a young child who dreams of a peaceful ending, chanting that old adage “Where there is a will, there is a way.”
Don’t waste too much time or else you might rue missing out on an opportunity to go through this amazing book.
|Publisher:||Penguin Young Readers Group||Year of Publishing:||2018|
|Cover:||Hardback||No. of Pages:||272|
|MRP:||Rs. 1172||Buy From:||Amazon.in|