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A Fine Family [Paperback]

Gurcharan Das
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28 Feb 1991
Bauji is forced to flee India by the violence and instability unleashed by Partition. Bauji has lost everything in the transition, and when hbis daughter Tara gives birth to a son, everyone's hopes are pinned on the child to revive the family's fortunes in an independent India.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (28 Feb 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140122583
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140122589
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 12.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,824,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gurcharan Das is an author and management consultant. He is author of three plays, which have been performed Off-Broadway, at the Edinburgh Festival and in many cities in India and around the world. He graduated with honours in Philosophy from Harvard University. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A great family saga 30 Sep 2012
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This book is one I will never give away. It tells the story of three generation of an Indian family before, during and after the partition of India. It has great depth and the main characters are strongly drawn. The historical detail is remarkable and brings the tensions both personal and political to life. If you can find it, buy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Remarkable Tale 3 Jan 2003
By Udyan Khanna - Published on Amazon.com
This is a remarkable book on Indian urban middle class. Indian urban middle class is one that has lost the most as they expected a lot from democratic India born out of the British Empire. The class of Indian society has given more than it has been rewarded but still, they are eternally hopeful. This book traces one such `khatri' family through World War I, the Rowlatt Act of 1919, the softening of British Empire, the Quit India Movement, the error of Gandhi and his time in jail, rise of Jinnah and the two nation theory, Lord Mountbatten and the Radcliffe Line, the ensuing riots/genocide on both sides of the border, the perceived loss of Hindu's, idealistic dreamer named Nehru, Indo-China ties, the rise of the Indian bureaucrats, the convoluted democracy led in succession by Nehru family, tyranny of Indira Gandhi, Sanjay inspired emergency and search for spirituality among the new Indian middle class.
Gurcharan Das relates the life of Bauji, a `khatri' lawyer from East Punjab who represented the pre-independence progressive Indians. The ones, who used education to further the development of their people, who will lead India from freedom to glory. But Bauji got caught on the wrong side of the Radcliffe Line and did not believe that his countrymen will turn the joyous occasion of their freedom to one of the most hateful episode of communal riots in the modern history. Like many other unfortunate but brave souls with similar experience, Bauji builds his life again in free India, better life than his more fortunate countrymen. Alas, he finds out that the country he dreamed about is being run as an inefficiency and bad politics. His grandson, Arjun, carries his torch of middle class honesty, stubborn sense of justice and good-natured industry. The boundaries of a rigid Hindu society are extended by these bold, sensuous `khatri' males.
I hope some day; all Indians are literate to read books like these. So that we can hang our head in shame for religion based politics and riots. This will stop politicians, from asking us to be Hindus, Tamil, Muslim, etc., before being human.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A family tragedy - full of suspence 28 Nov 2003
By vw - Published on Amazon.com
The story of three generations of a family in a drastically changing world. A prominent lawyer in Lyallpur than India, now Pakistan is drawn into the upheveal that comes with the creation of a new nation. Even more his daughter, Tara, who prefers to work as a schoolteacher, not quite the profession of a member of an upper class family. When India gains independence from Britain in 1947 Lyallpur becomes part of the new Muslim country of Pakistan. This family and millions of non-Muslim Indians must emigrate and adapt to a complete change in lifestyle.
Can this story, so typical for the 20th century come to a happy end? Find out for yourself.
5.0 out of 5 stars loved the characters 12 Sep 2014
By Anita Ashok Advani - Published on Amazon.com
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Very well written. Kept my interest lave right through. loved the characters. flows well.
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