Swarup Radhika Dogra

Where the River Parts (Paperback)

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In the final days of the British Raj a young Hindu woman Asha finds herself deeply in love with Firoze a Muslim but when Asha and Firoze's newly independent nation is brutally cleaved into India and Pakistan Asha and her family must flee. She loses her father mother and brother as well as the secret baby she carries in her womb arriving in a Delhi of cramped diseased refugee camps. In 1998 as India and Pakistan race to join the nuclear club a newly widowed Asha travels to New York to visit her daughter Priya and her granddaughter Lana who is to marry a Pakistani Muslim called Hussain. When Asha meets Hussain she discovers his grand-uncle is Firoze. Will they put family before self or choose a love that might destroy all they have so painstakingly created?


Sandstone Press Ltd
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Swarup Radhika Dogra
Where the River Parts
Publication Date
February, 2016
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1.00 x 5.10 x 7.80 Inches

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This book combines a l...

This book combines a love story and a little history lesson, but, most of all, it is about going beyond prejudice and relating to others as fellow human beings. Asha is a young Hindu girl growing up next door to her best friend, Nargis, a Muslim. She is also in love with Firoze, Nargis' older brother. Firoze is becoming a lawyer and works for Asha's father. Though Asha's father knows and respects Firoze and his family, he will not consent to a marriage between him and his daughter. The partitioning of Pakistan takes place and leads to much violence. On the night that Asha's family loses everything and their home is destroyed, they are taken in by the family of Firoze and Nargis. Firoze helps them on their journey south and leaves them at what he believes to be a safe station to wait for further transport. After he leaves, the family is attacked. Asha is rescued by a Moslem family and continues her journey to where she is safe but at a price. Later, the book skips ahead fifty years and Asha again faces her past and what she gave up during the Partitioning. She must now face not the objections of her parents, but the prejudice of her daughter, though the secrets she carries could affect her daughter's view of the world. Though the book illustrated that differences could be overcome on an individual basis, it also demonstrated that accepting the prejudice that surrounds you will come at a great cost, both to you and to society. I enjoyed the book, though I question the actions and reactions some of the characters. If given the chance to reunite with the great love of your life, would you do so? Would you walk away? Would you give the chance to someone else that you love? Or would you hold tightly to the memories of that earlier time? I have not been compensated in any way (other than being given a copy of this book to review) and my opinion on the book is entirely my own.

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A forbidden love. Liv...

A forbidden love. Lives torn apart by Partition. How things move on and change - or do they? Does history repeat itself? I very much enjoyed the first part of this book. An interesting story, with a vivid portrayal of how Partition was for real people. It then took a huge jump and seemed to reach a convenient end. Had the second and third parts continued with the detail of the first part it could have been a gripping saga. Instead it seemed to run out of steam.

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