The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani

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.

Book Details:

Author: Hiranandani Veera
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group Year of Publishing: 2018
ISBN-13: 9780735228511 ISBN-10: 0735228515
Cover: Hardback No. of Pages: 272
MRP: Rs. 1172 Buy From:
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I am Denizen of Dreamland, born and brought up in cosmopolitan South kolkata. Since childhood I do prefer to make certain necessary and unnecessary changes in my day to day life as anything monotonous bores me a philosophy towards life is "Living it through moments without being too critical and skeptical towards it". I have an analytical and empathetic mind which helps me to understand and retrospect any situation or any individual in an unique way.


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