CHAPTER – II. Chaman Nahal’s Azadi. Like Train to Pakistan, Chaman Nahal‟s Azadi also focuses mainly on Partition – the factors leading to Partition and its. Donor challenge: Your generous donation will be matched 2-to-1 right now. Your $5 becomes $15! Dear Internet Archive Supporter,. I ask only. Azadi [Chaman Nahal] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Nahal’s first novel.

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The paper is an attempt to study Azadi in the postmodern perspective and to attempt the application and utility of the post-modern critical concepts like historiographic metafiction to historical novels.

Fifty-four years later Azadi still continues to answer questions and question answers long forgotten.

The azafi informs to a greater degree than it involves the foreordained inevitability of that East-West cliche? With the influx of the Muslims into the city, crying hoarse their tales of woe and destruction at the hands of the Hindus on the other side of the border, communal tension mounts up in Sialkot and what were at first only sporadic acts of murder and looting and arson subsequently explode in massive and organized violence by the Muslims. It caught the imagination of the entire nation, no less the Indo- English writers.

An attempt to analyse Azadi in the postmodern perspective will help to appreciate his craftsmanship better and to judge the utility and feasibility of applying the Western critical concepts like historiographic metafiction to historical novels.

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Aranya rated it really liked it Nov 12, A chama flawed in the chamna but historically quite riveting. A shattering documentation of partition from that side. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. Thanks for telling us about the problem.


The struggle was long and grueling. Nirmal rated it really liked it Apr 26, The “two nation theory” saw its dawn and India was partitioned. He was widely considered as one of the best exponents of Indian writing in English and is known wzadi his work, Azadiwhich is set on India’s Independence and her partition.

With my consent he has marked some pages with points for me to note, when I read this book. However, the simple language makes the book very readable.

History might consider it as mere statistics or collateral damage, but individuals who suffered and survived to tell th S. A solid Hindu citizen, somewhat more educated than his wife if chaaman his son who is now at college, Lala Kanshi Ram has always viewed the British with Angrez — a hate not devoid of admiration.

The novel brings out certain historical realities which demand attention and makes one realise the enormity of this tragedy Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The novel is an imaginative revisioning of the historical epoch possessing features of the post-modern form labeled as historiographic metafiction.

Vikash Khatkar rated it really liked it Jan 14, Yadvendra rated it really liked it Jul 09, First person narratives have a different impact. A must read for every Indian and for a staunch reader. The assassination of Gandhi by a Hindu is a convincing confirmation of his opinion.

Azadi by Chaman Nahal. Ach rated it liked it Shelves: Be the first to discover new talent! But Azadia seminal account of Partition, acquires renewed importance with the upsurge of interest in Midnight’s tales given the Indo-Pakistani summit from July 14 to A mix of fear, hatred, and enmity suddenly peeped cyaman the lives of the people and the city which is the backdrop of the entire story.

It addresses the historic event not just nostalgically but also critically. Wasn’t that expected when you chop off a person’s both hands? Illustrated Weekly of India. Not unnaturally, the division of the country on a blatantly communal basis does bring about a psychological wedge, an emotional and spiritual rift among the civil police and military personnel of undivided India.


He is painfully conscious nabal the fact that freedom or Azadi has been achieved at the cost of enormous sufferings and hardships to people.


An autobiographical book, Silent Lifewas originally written in English and later translated into 12 languages, including Russian, Hungarian and Sinhalese. Priyanka rated it it was amazing Feb 26, This is a book very well worth reading. Paperbackpages. In the Muslim-dominated city of Sialkot, which was until a few days ago a picture of peace and amity and co- operation among the Muslims and the Hindus and the Sikhs, all being the children of the same soil, the Muslims celebrate the news of partition and the creation of Pakistan with the bursting of crackers and illuminations and processions.

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New DelhiIndia. Through the fortunes of one single family, that of Lala Kanshi Ram, the writer portrays a vivid picture of the evils of imperialism. The novel is replete with morbid silences, frightening noises and graphic descriptions of human indignity and brutality.

When the storm was over and the remains were plucked from the site of destruction, question could arise, “Was it worth it? Azadi has three parts: And the Partition which will lead to more bloodshed between Muslim and Hindu, will, by the close, leave Lala Kanshi Ram and the survivors of his family his daughter, elsewhere, is killed much more alone with their uncertainties and regrets.