Khushwant Singh is generally known for his achievements in journalism but his success in writing novel is proved by this novel Train to Pakistan. Khushwant Singh can be described as the man about town with a merry heart and a comic view of life, if he was ever upset by any tragic event; it was the mass killing that preceded the partition of the continent. This is well reflected in his outstanding work Train to Pakistan, which is rightly regarded as an epic of modern India. This novel is a study of anatomy of communal riots. This is a hallmark of Khushwant Singh's style that he shows exactly what happens in communal riots and how it affects people both physically and mentally. This novel attracts the interest of every kind of reader. It contains love scenes, sensual scenes, horror scenes, pathetic scenes, comic scenes, violence scenes and all these scenes together make a landmark in the history of Indian writing in English. Khushwant Singh wrote this novel from the very core of his heart. He was very much disturbed from the physical and mental violence at the time of partition. Even after so many years, this novel has same craze among its readers as it had at the very beginning.
Ritu Sharma got her M. Phil. for her dissertation on Henry James. She was awarded Ph.D.degree for her thesis “Family and Social Change in the Novels of Edith Wharton.” Presently she is teaching undergraduate and postgraduate classes at Dyal Singh College, Karnal (Haryana). She is associated with research in American literature for about 3 decades.
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LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing
Partition, riots, predilections, motherland.
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Literacy