We were One people. One parted. Now we are Two. It's the winter of 1946. A truck leaves the village of Campbellpur after news of the impending Partition starts pouring in. Its motley crew comprises a dhaba owner, a kothewali, a Rai Bahadur and his family, a young widow and her child. On the way, they pick up sundry other people - a young boy and his grandfather, and two sisters - all displaced by a destiny they did not choose. They have just heard words like 'border' and 'refugee', and are struggling to understand how drawing a line might carve out Pakistan from Hindustan.As they reach close to where they imagine the border will be drawn, the caravan disperses and people go their own ways. The passage to the border, fraught with danger and despair as it is, is not an end. It is what follows that lends their journey the nature of an odyssey - one that has not stopped. Gulzar's first novel tracks the lives of these people up to the anti-Sikh riots of 1984 and the Kargil War in the 1990s. Written in Gulzar's inimitable riveting style, and drawing from his personal memories of the Partition, Two is as much about what it entailed for ordinary people as it is a meditation on the fact that the division of India, once set into motion, kept happening inexorably and ceaselessly. Uprooted from the only place they knew as home, the refugees have kept travelling - physically and metaphorically - in search of roots, in search of a place called home. About the Author Poet, author, lyricist, film-maker, screenplay and dialogue writer, Gulzar is one of the towering figures of Indian cinema, culture and literature. He was born in Dina (now in Pakistan). He has a number of poetry and short-story collections to his credit. He has recently published two volumes of translations of Rabindranath Tagore's poems, Baaghbaan and Nindiya Chor. He is also one of the finest writers for children in the country. He is a recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award and the Padma Bhushan. He received the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2014.
It's the winter of 1946. A truck leaves the village of Campbellpur after news of the impending Partition pours in. It is carrying people who don't know where they will go. They have just heard words like 'border' and 'refugee', and are struggling to understand how drawing a line might carve out Pakistan from Hindustan. As they reach the border, the caravan disperses and people go their own ways. Gulzar's first novel tracks the lives of the people in that truck right from 1946 up to the Kargil war. A novel on what the Partition entailed for ordinary people, Two is also a meditation on the fact that the division of India and the carnage that followed, once set into motion, kept happening inexorably and ceaselessly, and people like those who left their homes on that truck never found another home; they kept looking for a place called home, a place to belong to.
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