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A Promised Land By Khadija Mastur


Rating – 4 / 5

Those who are separated will meet if the Creator wishes…


In the wake of the Partition, a new country is born. As millions of refugees pour into Pakistan, swept up in a welter of chaos and deprivation, Sajidah and her father find their way to the Walton refugee camp, uncertain of their future in what is to become their new home. Sajidah longs to be reunited with her beloved Salahuddin, but her journey out of the camp takes an altogether unforeseen route. Drawn into the lives of another family—refugees like herself—she is wary of its men, particularly Nazim, the eldest son whose gaze lingers over her. But it is the women of the household whose lives and choices will transform her the most: the passionately beseeching Saleema, her domineering mother Khala Bi, the kind but forlorn Amma Bi, and the feisty young housemaid Taji. With subtlety and insight, Khadija Mastur conjures a dynamic portrait of spirited women whose lives are wrought by tragedy and trial even as they cling defiantly to the promise of a better future.

Title/ Cover –

The cover is pretty fascinating. It shows that the people on both sides of the partitioned land roaming meaningless in search of a meaningful life and taking refugees under the camps.

Storyline –

The story follows the partition of India that happened during the partition of Pakistan. Many of the people who crossed the border lost their homes and families. The book talks about the times after partition when there was a shortage of land on both sides of the border.

A Promised Land is a fictional story about a family that settles in Pakistan after the partition. When Sajidah's father died, she lost everything she had. For her father, nothing was left to chance. Her world almost collapsed when she was taken into a home by Nazim and Saleem. There, she felt that something was not right in the household. She learned that the brothers were not on the same political wavelength. Sajijah is a woman who stood up for what's right. She was able to get herself educated and get her dream job.

Conclusion –

A story about how reality has always been, and how it can be in any place. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in Pakistan or in historic events. This book held me captive because of Sajidah's genuine eagerness towards her dream to study and educate herself even in those times where educating girls was not given any importance at all.

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