Tak­ing you back to Par­ti­tion

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When you meet some­one, there’s a his­tor­i­cal back­ground and bag­gage that the new ac­quain­tance comes with. That’s how char­ac­ters are in­tro­duced in BK Karkra’s The Tale of Two Coun­tries. This book, how­ever, doesn’t just con­jure up char­ac­ters, but also harps on the his­tory of the In­dian sub­con­ti­nent and re­it­er­ates the pain suf­fered dur­ing Par­ti­tion. Karkra sets his work in Lon­don to chron­i­cle how fam­i­lies from North In­dia mi­grated to for­eign shores in search of op­por­tu­ni­ties. Thus un­folds the story of Gur­se­vak Gre­wal and Sukhvin­der Kaur, who sur­vive the hor­rors of Par­ti­tion, en­joy bliss­ful mat­ri­mony, a chal­leng­ing phase of par­ent­ing and live a life that’s full of les­sons for the read­ers. What works is the suc­cinct de­scrip­tion of facts; what doesn’t is the ex­ces­sive use of Pun­jabi in cer­tain sec­tions — it breaks the flow of the reader. Re­lat­able sit­u­a­tions and NRI hu­mour, how­ever, make you break into a laugh or two.

Ti­tle: The Tale of Two Coun­tries

Author: BK Karkra Pub­lisher: Rupa

Price: ₹295

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