Follows 3 women from the partition of India in1947 to the Air India bombing in 1985 From India to Vancouver their loves family hate and the seeds of terrorism are explored without judgement I ained an understanding of Sikhs especially that I wish I had been aware of before I visited India The characters are fascinating and their journeys often heart wrenching What began as a somewhat hopeful book uickly and devastatingly spiralled into a travesty I was left with the shock of death and loss for all characters
after reading the I was angry at its historical injusticesAt the same time I regretted investing emotional attachments to characters who were deeply flawed My Sense Of The Novel S Downfall Lay At The sense of the novel s downfall lay at the of the characters weakness to prideFrom Harjot Singh s listlessness and disappearance long before he actually decided to leave his family because of his wounded pride of not being able to land at the shores of Vancouver once arriving by the Komagata MaruTo his daughter Sharanjeet Bibi Oh my Conversations with Nelson Algren god I would never have read this if it wasn t for a customer who lent this Interesting book to me This is a work of fiction that has real events within to educate readers the horror that many don t know aboutI love how this story connects the three women together and the knowledge it holds I was heartbroken and admittedly cried a few times reading the sad parts and was even sadder to find out that this is based on real events The only negative is that it took me awhile toet into reading this Thank you for writing such an interesting and heartbreaking novel A sweeping narrative of the lives of three Indian women whose lives in Punjab Delhi and Vancouver ather within the embrace of family faith community and friendship yet shatter beneath the fist of hatred and violence An imperfect at times somewhat disjointed novel that throbs with feeling I was heartbroken open I picked this book up knowing very little about it thinking that it was the story of families coming to Canada from India and their struggles to belong I admit I didn t exactly research it it was iven to me by a friend and I thought hey free bookI was surprised to find out that it is primarily a historic account of the turbulent history of Punjab since the beginning of the 20th century I know very little of the history of India s turmoil I have heard pieces here and there but have not followed up The last major plot point occurs the year I was born so this history has never been something that has surfaced in my lifetime Having read this novel I found myself interested and intrigued by the events of the past as well as by the fictional aspects The characters though at times somewhat trying and distant evolve or as the case may be remain the same throughout an ever changing backdrop of tribulations and instability We follow Sharan jeet Bibi ji Leela and Noord India 1928 Bibi ji is een ambitieus meisje Eenmaal op huwbare leeftijd pikt ze de verloofde van haar oudere zus Kanwar in en emigreert met hem naar Canad. .And After Reading The
It was still a fantastic read and informative The author captures the various inflections points in India s political history the partition from Pakistan the conflicts with its neighbours China and Pakistan the separation of Bangladesh the military invasion of the Golden Temple the assassination of Indira Gandhi and the brutal killings of Sikhs that followed and finally the blowing up of Air India flight 182Entwined in these events are the stories of three women whose own lives are woven together by uirks of fate and twists of history Bibi ji who steals her older sister s intended husband and moves to Vancouver before partition Nimmo daughter of that older sister and the only survivor after the mob kills her parents during the painful birth of India and Pakistan and Leela half Indian and half German who is perennially in a half way house both in her native India and the country she follows her husband to CanadaThese characters wear their Indian ness like a badge never uite integrating destined to be on the margins be they wealthy like Bibi ji or poor like Nimmo This remoteness comes home even when the omniscient narrator refers to white people as Goras In fact I had Difficulty With This Narrator with this narrator kept indiscriminately popping in and out of the heads of the characters both principal and minor alike reducing them to cardboard cut outs in places This was the one flaw in an otherwise well crafted novel with slices of Indian life and dialogue that is fresh humorous and insightfulThe span of the action covers the Contested Reproduction: Genetic Technologies, Religion, and Public Debate greater part of the 20th century and many time periods and events in the lives of the characters are skimmed over to zero in only on key ones Hence we do not hear much of the birth of Nimmo s daughter Kamal but weet a drawn out scene of Bibi ji and Pa ji s visit to the school principal to discuss their adopted son Jasbir s misbehaviourThe private tensions in the lives of the three women are reflections of the wider conflicts facing the newly independent India both internally between its diverse citizens and externally with its neighbours even between its distant exiles in Canada The indiscriminate loss of life in this conflict also comes home sharply when key people start dropping like flies from chapter to chapter In the end the survivors are left bereft "AND HORRIBLY CHANGED AND THE ONLY "horribly changed and the only finding redemption from the conflict is Jasbir the bad apple in the family who left to join the Khalistan rebellion and finds his way back home after seeing the damage that the movement its actions and conseuences wreak on his own family When I put this book down I couldn t help but feel that as much as the author was humouring me with scenes of domesticity and social intercourse in Indian society both at home and abroad she was hammering me with some brutal lessons of history that I never ot to read about from the inside. In echter spoorloos en dat laat Bibi ji niet los Jarenlang zoekt ze naar haar familie tot ze er bij toeval achter komt dat haar nichtje Nimmo in New Delhi woon. Immo as they struggle to belong integrate hold onto the past and in
Some Cases Survive Thecases survive The of the three women are interwoven neatly and rather predictably but the draws of THE NOVEL NEED NOT BE PLOT novel need not be plot The draw for me is the "picture painted for the reader of women holding "painted for the reader of women holding to their families and their beliefs be those religion or the belief that one must belong as the world sweeps past them without care At times hopeful and just as often frighteningly tragic this book is reminiscent of the theme of Leela s life half and half One foot in malleable fiction the other in the harsh unchangeable portrait of reality An interesting read for those who want to learn about the modern history of India without having to peruse textbooks full of paragraph after paragraph of dull script Nightbird allowed me a view into a world I knew very little of It allowed me a history lesson wrapped up in the package of a fictional story about women family and change A different kind of historical fiction and I was pleasantly surprised Although the stories presented are uite sad because of all the losses and injustices the characters are likable and their stories intertwine and converge to link them in the readers eyes I didn t know anything about the history of India presented in the book and reading about that period was very emotional thinking a bout what people went through ARB did a very ood job in Dealing with Risk: Why the Public and the Experts Disagree on Environmental Issues getting the reader to empathize with the victims of that period and their families I m not sure about the language in this novel You travel to this heavily Bollywood influenced conversations Is this authenticity necessary I am yet to processNevertheless historical fiction is aenre I m inclined to and this book happens to be one of them No matter how painful the journey is you live through tragic events of history through the characters This book starts before India s partition and ends after Indira Gandhi s assassination Human Dancing at Armageddon: Survivalism and Chaos in Modern Times generosity andradually brutality is unfolded uite a journey This was a tragic story that kept my attention from beginning to end The characters are flawed yet likeable and it was the type of novel that left me thinking long after I had finished This is a fictional account woven amid real historical events so I learned a lot about India in the mid 80sa period of time in which I was a teenager and blissfully unaware of some of the drama unfolding around the world This book made me realize just how little I know of the modern histories of som many places and made me curious to find out especially about a country such as India which is becoming so influential and from where many of my students originate 5 stars for the historical aspect of this book The only thing keeping this from being a 5 star book was the middle of the book was a little sluggish and ended up taking me a while to Dark Voices: W. E. B. Du Bois and American Thought, 1888-1903 get through Overall though. A In Vancouver behoren ze al snel tot de steunpilaren van de lokale sikhgemeenschap Tijdens derote Deling van India en Pakistan verdwijnen Kanwar en haar ez.