There are ancient walled cities all across the world.
This story begins in Lahore’s walled, or inside city, as it is called in Urdu, in what was then India.
A pir (seer) predicts great things for the boy, Awais. The year is 1919 - the year of the Jallianwala Bagh (Amritsar) Massacre where anywhere from 379-1,000 unsuspecting peaceful protestors were killed by British troops.
Politics is everywhere. Will the British go? Will they be booted out?
And what will happen to India, then?
Khurshid begins to wonder if the pir (seer) had been wrong about whom the gift of greatness was meant for. She tries to teach Awais her burning overpowering hate. But his sister Maryam is one of Awais’s two great loves. He can’t believe what his mother says. He can’t hate Maryam. Or, he wonders, can he?
- A reimagining of Partition and its consequences
- A fascinating insight into Lahore
- Exquisite writing about family