The inspiration for Deepa Mehta’s 1998 film Earth, this historical novel tells the story of a Parsee girl growing up in Lahore, against the hellish backdrop of partition of the Indian subcontinent. Through her young eyes, we experience violence, betrayal, and the shattering of intercommunal friendships. With identifiable characters and disillusioning twists, the book forces readers to question how they would behave in similar situations.
A book about partition, told from a child's perspective. It is description, not analysis. Although well reviewed when published and used by Meehta for her film, "Earth", the book was disappointing. The film was more interesting.
'Cracking India' is one of those books that documents life with its most poignant tragedies alongside the most touching hilarious moments in a person's life. Written by a minority writer of Pakistan, it captures the essential tragedy in the moments of Indo-Pak Partition, and shows how the family units, the communal lives and human relationships deteriorated beyond comprehension. A very touching book.
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