review Can You Hear the Nightbird Call?
Can You Hear the Nightbird Call? Download ´ 4 ´ 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 Canada In Vancouver behoren ze al snel tot de steunpilaren van de lokale sikhgemeenschap Tijdens de grote Deling van India en Pakistan A In Vancouver behoren ze al snel tot de steunpilaren van de lokale sikhgemeenschap Tijdens de grote Deling van India en Pakistan verdwijnen Kanwar en haar gez. 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 good job in getting the reader to empathize with the victims of that period and their families
Anita Rau Badami Ì 4 Read
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. 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
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Can You Hear the Nightbird CallNoord 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. 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 who 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 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 we get 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 person 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 got to read about from the inside