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The Independence era of India was awe-inspiring. 1947 was a new dawn for the nation.
Several books have set the independence era as the backdrop of the plot. These books are the best sources to take a closer look at the tumultuous yet, transforming times.
Here are 5 novels that depict the voices of India’s freedom struggle.
A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
It is set in a time when India had just got the freedom. The novel explores the lives of four extended families. Seth offers a magnanimous glimpse of the then multicultural society and matchmaking.
Lata and Mrs. Rupa want to find a suitable boy for the former. This beautiful matchmaking tale explores religion, caste, love, and loss.
Train to Pakistan by Khushwant Singh
Which book can aptly convey the Independence era as Train to Pakistan? Singh’s book is a touching account of India during the eve of partition. A moving read packed with brimming emotions and unfulfilled love.
Mano Majra village was a paradigm of unity. Sadly, doomsday arrives. Sikhs and Muslims forget their brotherhood and indulge in deathly fight and deceit.
Kanthapura by Raja Rao
Achakka narrates how Kanthapura joins hands to fight against the British. The village was deeply rooted in baseless theories of caste and never-ending discrimination.
Moorthy and Rangamma influence people with their Gandhian philosophy. Kanthapura is an excellent example of how unity thrives where there is rationality.
Tamas by Bhisham Sahni
Sahni’s Tamas is a gripping tale as witnessed by him. This poignant account will stun you with its originality.
When there is a carcass of a pig outside the local mosque, riots burst out. Thousands of Muslims and Hindus kill others to seek revenge. It is a detailed analysis of India’s partition in the form of a heartwrenching story.
Gora by Rabindranath Tagore
Gora explores the raw, unadulterated India almost 40 years before attaining independence. The plot explores how pre-independent India shaped itself into attaining the mantle of freedom.
An orthodox Hindu lives with the aim of uniting India with Hinduism. No sooner did he join the Brahmo Samaj that he understands his folly. It was no longer about Hinduism but about being an Indian which is the most important of all identities.