In 1947, residents of Chakri, an idyllic village on the banks of the Soan near Rawalpindi, eagerly await the end of winter and get together to prepare for Lohri. Amidst this joyous bustle, Baba Bhana, the erudite village elder, worries about the future of his foster daughter, Naseem. Life comes to a halt when news of a possible partition of India reaches the village. Amid a frenzy of communal violence, Baba Bhana and his family must reluctantly leave their beloved village. They embark on a long and dangerous journey, slowly coming to terms with the fact that their lives may be changing forever. Khoon de Sohile, was first published in February 1948, and now translated for the first time into English.
'Nanak Singh's deeply felt novel, written in the immediate aftermath of the Partition of 1947, carries the raw stamp of an intensely felt and lived tragedy which broke apart not only two countries but also hearts, relationships, friendships, homes and trust. In these difficult times it serves as a stark reminder not only of what we have lost, but also what we lived and what gave us hope.' - Urvashi Butalia
'Sensitive and rich, it embodies the spirit of undivided Punjab, and seventy-five years on, serves not only as historical narrative, but also a timely reminder of the consequences of manmade divisions.' - Aanchal MalhotraMRP: Rs. 499
Publisher: HarperCollins India