Books from neighbouring countries!!

Books from borders and neighbouring countries!!

Even though we share a sweet and sour bond with our neighbouring countries. There are certain assets of literature that we cannot avoid. They are rich in culture, language and humanity. That is what literature does: sets us free. It releases us from all boundaries of border, colour raise and ties us with a thread of love and companionship.ย 

Here are some of the assets of literature from the borders around the world:ย 

  1. Home fire

๐™‰๐™–๐™ข๐™š ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™—๐™ค๐™ค๐™  : ๐—›๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฒย 

๐—”๐˜‚๐˜๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ : ๐—ž๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฎ ๐—ฆ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—บ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฒย 

๐‘๐š๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  :โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜….โ˜†

๐™€๐™ซ๐™š๐™ง๐™ฎ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™š๐™ก๐™จ๐™š ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช ๐™˜๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™ก๐™š๐™–๐™ซ๐™š ๐™–๐™ง๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™™, ๐™—๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ฉ ๐™™๐™š๐™–๐™ฉ๐™. ๐˜ฟ๐™š๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช ๐™๐™–๐™ซ๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™ก๐™ž๐™ซ๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ง๐™ค๐™ช๐™œ๐™๐Ÿ’ฅ

Homeย  fire is the story of a british muslim family with pakistani origin. The book is about Isma, Aneeka and parvaiz- who were orphaned by the death of their mother, grandmother and abandoned jihadi father. The book portrays their life , the shame and fear that they grow up with. But one decision by Parvaiz, and everything around them changes. Their lives take a toil and eventually everything falls apart.ย 

The book is divided into five parts depicting the character’s individual point of view. The book is so well penned and the story telling keeps you hooked to the end. I loved Isma , so self sacrificing and calm . The sacrifices to be ‘a mother ‘ to her twins. But keeping her as a supporting role made me angry. She deserved more. She deserved everything….

The book talks about pain. Humiliation and sacrifices. A tragedy that never ends. A feeling of loss. Loss of siblings you brought up as your own child. Warmth of a family without parents but still complete. I completed the book a few hours ago and how I am feeling cannot be put into words. So poignant and devastating.

  1. Americanah

๐—”๐˜‚๐˜๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ: ๐˜Š๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข ๐˜ˆ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฆย 

๐—š๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฟ๐—ฒ : ๐–ฅ๐—‚๐–ผ๐—๐—‚๐—ˆ๐—‡ย 

๐‘๐š๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  :โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…

๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜„ :

๐–ณ๐—๐–พ ๐–ป๐—ˆ๐—ˆ๐—„ ๐—‚๐—Œ ๐–บ ๐—Œ๐—๐—ˆ๐—‹๐—’ ๐—ˆ๐–ฟ ๐–ผ๐—๐—‚๐—…๐–ฝ๐—๐—ˆ๐—ˆ๐–ฝ ๐—…๐—ˆ๐—๐–พ ๐–ป๐—‚๐—‹๐–ฝ๐—Œ ๐—ˆ๐–ฟ ๐–ญ๐—‚๐—€๐–พ๐—‹๐—‚๐–บ , ๐—๐—๐–พ๐—‚๐—‹ ๐—ƒ๐—ˆ๐—Ž๐—‹๐—‡๐–พ๐—’ ๐—๐—ˆ ๐—๐—๐—ˆ ๐–ฝ๐—‚๐–ฟ๐–ฟ๐–พ๐—‹๐–พ๐—‡๐— ๐—‰๐—…๐–บ๐–ผ๐–พ๐—Œ -๐– ๐—†๐–พ๐—‹๐—‚๐–ผ๐–บ ๐–บ๐—‡๐–ฝ ๐–ค๐—‡๐—€๐—…๐–บ๐—‡๐–ฝ . ๐–ณ๐—๐–พ ๐—Œ๐—๐—ˆ๐—‹๐—’ ๐–พ๐—‡๐–ผ๐—ˆ๐—†๐—‰๐–บ๐—Œ๐—Œ๐–พ๐—Œ ๐—๐—๐—‹๐–พ๐–พ ๐–ผ๐—ˆ๐—‡๐—๐—‚๐—‡๐–พ๐—‡๐—๐—Œ ๐—‰๐—ˆ๐—‹๐—๐—‹๐–บ๐—’๐—‚๐—‡๐—€ ๐–ฝ๐—‚๐—๐–พ๐—‹๐—Œ๐—‚๐—๐—’ ๐–บ๐—‡๐–ฝ ๐—๐–บ๐—‹๐—‚๐–บ๐—‡๐–ผ๐–พ ๐–บ๐—…๐—ˆ๐—‡๐—€ ๐—๐—‚๐—๐— ๐–ผ๐—Ž๐—…๐—๐—Ž๐—‹๐–บ๐—… ๐—‹๐–บ๐–ผ๐—‚๐—Œ๐—†, ๐—‚๐–ฝ๐–พ๐—‡๐—๐—‚๐—๐—’ ๐—…๐—ˆ๐—Œ๐—Œ ๐–บ๐—‡๐–ฝ ๐—…๐—ˆ๐—‡๐–พ๐—…๐—‚๐—‡๐–พ๐—Œ๐—Œ.ย 

๐–จ๐–ฟ๐–พ๐—†๐–พ๐—…๐—Ž ๐–บ๐—‡๐–ฝ ๐–ฎ๐–ป๐—‚๐—‡๐—“๐–พ , ๐–บ๐—…๐—๐–บ๐—’๐—Œ ๐–ฝ๐—‹๐–พ๐–บ๐—†๐— ๐—ˆ๐–ฟ ๐–บ ๐—…๐—‚๐–ฟ๐–พ ๐—‚๐—‡ ๐—๐—๐–พ ๐–ถ๐–พ๐—Œ๐— . ๐–ก๐—Ž๐— ๐—๐—๐–พ๐—‡ ๐—๐—๐–พ๐—’ ๐–ฟ๐—‚๐—‡๐–บ๐—…๐—…๐—’ ๐—€๐–พ๐—๐—Œ ๐—๐—ˆ ๐—…๐—‚๐—๐–พ ๐—๐—๐–พ๐—‚๐—‹ ๐–ฝ๐—‹๐–พ๐–บ๐—†๐—Œ ,๐—๐—๐–พ๐—’ ๐–ฟ๐–บ๐–ผ๐–พ๐—Œ ๐—๐—๐–พ ๐—‹๐–พ๐–บ๐—…๐—‚๐—๐—’.๐–ฃ๐–พ๐—Œ๐—‰๐—‚๐—๐–พ ๐–ป๐–พ๐—‚๐—‡๐—€ ๐—๐–พ๐—‹๐—’ ๐—€๐—ˆ๐—ˆ๐–ฝ ๐—‚๐—‡ ๐– ๐–ผ๐–บ๐–ฝ๐–พ๐—†๐—‚๐–ผ๐—Œ, ๐–จ๐–ฟ๐–พ๐—†๐–พ๐—…๐—Ž ๐—Œ๐—๐—‹๐—Ž๐—€๐—€๐—…๐–พ๐—Œ ๐–ป๐–พ๐—‚๐—‡๐—€ “๐–บ ๐–ป๐—…๐–บ๐–ผ๐—„” ๐—‚๐—‡ ๐–บ ๐–ฟ๐—ˆ๐—‹๐–พ๐—‚๐—€๐—‡ ๐—…๐–บ๐—‡๐–ฝ ๐—๐—๐—‚๐—…๐–พ ๐–ฎ๐–ป๐—‚๐—‡๐—“๐–พ ๐—…๐—‚๐—๐–พ๐—Œ ๐–บ๐—Œ ๐–บ๐—‡ “๐–พ๐—†๐—†๐—‚๐—€๐—‹๐–บ๐—‡๐—” , ๐—Š๐—Ž๐—‚๐—๐–พ ๐—Œ๐—๐–พ๐–บ๐–ฝ๐—’ ๐–บ๐—‡๐–ฝ ๐—Ž๐—‡๐–ฝ๐–พ๐—‹๐—€๐—ˆ๐–พ๐—Œ ๐—๐–บ๐—‹๐—‚๐—ˆ๐—Ž๐—Œ ๐—Œ๐—ˆ๐—‹๐— ๐—ˆ๐–ฟ ๐–ฝ๐—‚๐—Œ๐–ผ๐—‹๐—‚๐—†๐—‚๐—‡๐–บ๐—๐—‚๐—ˆ๐—‡.

๐–จ ๐–ฝ๐—‚๐—Œ๐—…๐—‚๐—„๐–พ๐–ฝ ๐–จ๐–ฟ๐–พ๐—†๐–พ๐—…๐—Ž ๐—Œ๐—ˆ๐—†๐–พ๐—๐—‚๐—†๐–พ๐—Œ ๐–ป๐—Ž๐— ๐—€๐—‹๐–พ๐— ๐–ฟ๐—ˆ๐—‡๐–ฝ ๐—ˆ๐–ฟ ๐—๐–พ๐—‹ ๐—ˆ๐—‰๐—‚๐—‡๐—‚๐—ˆ๐—‡๐—Œ, ๐–ป๐—…๐—ˆ๐—€๐—Œ ๐—๐—๐—‚๐–ผ๐— ๐—๐–พ๐—…๐—…๐—Œ ๐—Ž๐—Œ ๐–บ๐–ป๐—ˆ๐—Ž๐— ๐—‹๐–บ๐–ผ๐—‚๐—Œ๐—† ๐–บ๐—‡๐–ฝ ๐—‚๐—‡๐—ƒ๐—Ž๐—Œ๐—๐—‚๐–ผ๐–พ ๐—๐—‚๐—๐—๐—ˆ๐—Ž๐— ๐–บ๐–ผ๐—๐—Ž๐–บ๐—…๐—…๐—’ ๐—‰๐—‹๐–พ๐–บ๐–ผ๐—๐—‚๐—‡๐—€ ๐—‚๐—.ย 

๐–ก๐–พ๐—‚๐—‡๐—€ ๐–บ ๐—‡๐—ˆ๐—‹๐—๐— ๐–พ๐–บ๐—Œ๐—๐–พ๐—‹๐—‡, ๐—‚ ๐—‹๐–พ๐—…๐–บ๐—๐–พ ๐—๐—ˆ ๐—๐—๐–พ ๐–ผ๐—Ž๐—…๐—๐—Ž๐—‹๐–บ๐—… ๐—‹๐–บ๐–ผ๐—‚๐—Œ๐—† ๐—๐—๐–บ๐— ๐—๐–พ ๐–บ๐—…๐—๐–บ๐—’๐—Œ ๐–ฟ๐–บ๐–ผ๐–พ. ๐–ญ๐—ˆ๐— ๐–บ ๐—Œ๐—‚๐—‡๐—€๐—…๐–พ ๐–ฝ๐–บ๐—’ ๐—‰๐–บ๐—Œ๐—Œ๐–พ๐—Œ ๐—๐—‚๐—๐— ๐—‡๐–พ๐—๐—Œ ๐—ˆ๐–ฟ ๐–ฟ๐–พ๐—…๐—…๐—ˆ๐— ๐—‡๐—ˆ๐—‹๐—๐— ๐–พ๐–บ๐—Œ๐—๐–พ๐—‹๐—‡ ๐–ป๐–พ๐—‚๐—‡๐—€ ๐—๐—ˆ๐—‹๐—๐—Ž๐—‹๐–พ๐–ฝ ๐—ˆ๐—‹ ๐—Œ๐—๐–บ๐—†๐–พ๐–ฝ ๐–ฟ๐—ˆ๐—‹ ๐—๐—ˆ๐— ๐—๐–พ ๐—…๐—ˆ๐—ˆ๐—„. ๐–ณ๐—๐–พ ๐—‡๐–พ๐—๐—Œ ๐—ˆ๐–ฟ ๐—‡๐—ˆ๐—‹๐—๐— ๐–พ๐–บ๐—Œ๐—๐–พ๐—‹๐—‡ ๐—๐—ˆ๐—†๐–พ๐—‡ ๐–ป๐–พ๐—‚๐—‡๐—€ ๐—Œ๐—‰๐—‚๐— ๐—ˆ๐—‡ ๐–บ๐—‡๐–ฝ ๐–ผ๐–บ๐—…๐—…๐–พ๐–ฝ “๐–ผ๐—ˆ๐—‹๐—ˆ๐—‡๐–บ ๐—๐—‚๐—‹๐—Ž๐—Œ” ๐—‹๐–พ๐—Œ๐–พ๐—†๐–ป๐—…๐—‚๐—‡๐—€ ๐—Ž๐—Œ ๐—๐—ˆ ๐–ข๐—๐—‚๐—‡๐–บ ๐–พ๐—๐–พ๐—‡ ๐—๐—๐–พ๐—‡ ๐—๐–พ ๐–บ๐—‹๐–พ ๐–บ ๐—‰๐–บ๐—‹๐— ๐—ˆ๐–ฟ ๐—๐—๐–พ ๐–ผ๐—ˆ๐—Ž๐—‡๐—๐—‹๐—’

  1. Pachinko

Every step you take is uncertain. Your family can be killed any minute just because you belong to a particular community.ย 

You stand there watching your house turn into ashes. Your heart oozes out pain until you can no longer breath.

Maybe that’s how Sunja felt . Her lover ditched her when she was pregnant. And this changed her life. Later she was married to Isak and moved to Japan where her lifeย  took a turn for the worse. The book talks about various issues korean immigrants faced in Japan, sheer racism and struggle to make a living. The struggle for basic needs left a scar in my heart making me want to wipe out their identity and mark them as japanese but i could not. Noah tried. He ran away, took a japanese name,married a japanese woman but failed. His suicide made me weep and it took me two days to pen this. My hands are trembling. I wish I could change the story , make everything right,and bring Noah and Isak back. But I know I can’t. Because Isak lied deep in the ground watching Sunja fight patiently until the end.

It is a multi generation family saga but Sunja , Isak and Noah have to be my favourite. The writing is slow paced but never makes you bored.

  1. Train to Pakistan

“๐“๐ก๐ž ๐Ÿ๐š๐œ๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ, ๐›๐จ๐ญ๐ก ๐ฌ๐ข๐๐ž๐ฌ ๐ค๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ž๐.๐๐จ๐ญ๐ก ๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ญ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐›๐›๐ž๐ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ž๐ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐œ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐›๐›๐ž๐.๐๐จ๐ญ๐ก ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž๐.๐๐จ๐ญ๐ก ๐ซ๐š๐ฉ๐ž๐”

๐Ÿ“ŒThe book is set in the partition time in a village Mano Majra, on the border of India and pakistan”.The book deals with murders , rapes conflicts depleting the scenarios of those times. Ah, the pain, the sufferingย  conflicts ,raids break my heart. How hard it was for me to read and not cry.ย 

The most heartbreaking part of the book was when a train arrives carrying dead bodies of sikhs, villages converted in battlefields killing and devastating the harmony of the unaffected village.

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