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Tamas by Bhisham Sahni is a novel about the riots in Pakistan preceding the Partition of India. Based on Sahni’s first-hand experience, Tamas (Hindi for. Tamas By Bhisham Sahni Online. Book Details: Language: English Published Original Language Unknown, Edition: 1, Isbn: , Tamas [Bhisham Sahni] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Tamas is a book by Bhisham Sahni that depicts the communal violence that took .

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Published by Rajkamal Prakashan first published Sahitya Akademi Award for Hindi To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [I want to know main theme of this novel? Its a very beautifully written and really gives a goosebumps while reading. Its sagni good that you can read it in one sitting. Lists with This Book. Partially based on true events that Sahni himself witnessed in the communal riots during India’s Partition inthe novel follows the life of people from both communities – Hindu and Muslim, and from various classes and backgrounds, as tensions in cities build up.

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Like most Partition fiction, Tamas meaning Darkness too identifies the complex nature humanity and inhumanity that drives people to massacre each other. Eschewing grossly simplifying explanations for these murderous rages, the no Partially based on true events that Sahni himself witnessed in the communal riots during India’s Partition inthe novel follows the life of people from both communities – Hindu and Muslim, and from various classes and backgrounds, as tensions in cities build up.

Eschewing grossly simplifying explanations for these murderous rages, the novel looks into the multiple simultaneous drives that lead people to kill others, and yet, save some others they were supposed to kill.

Rather than following a single person’s fate during the riots, as Train to Pakistan did, Tamas takes a bird’s-eye view of the communal tensions raging through India, and how they were inextricably mingled with politics, economics and lies, not just on the part of the British who followed the policy of divide-and-rule, but also on the part of both communities. The motivations of murder were far more complex than simplistic narratives of religious clashes – the latter being stereotyped – not that religion wasn’t sahnii – but that it was not the tanas thing of consequence involved.

It is difficult to write a review of a book like this. Only, next time, I’d rather read it in Hindi – the English translation is often clumsy, and not effective. May 22, Madhulika Liddle rated it it was amazing. On a moonlit night in tmaas s Punjab torn by communal riots, a Muslim woman leads an elderly Sikh couple whom she’s briefly sheltered to what may be safety.

As they creep out of the village and along a dried riverbed, they see flames reaching up into the sky from a burning village on one bank of the river. No lam On a moonlit night in a s Punjab torn by communal riots, a Muslim woman leads an elderly Sikh couple whom she’s briefly sheltered to what may be safety.

No lamp was burning on it. On this night, people had forgotten to light a lamp here. This is what makes Bisham Sahni’s Tamas Darkness such an unforgettable story about the horror that was Partition. Sahni does weave together the touching, horrifying stories of various people—Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, even a British Deputy Commissioner tama his bored, alcoholic wife—but more bhiaham that, he makes this a story of more than just violence and carnage.

Tamas is about the man who, ignorant of why he’s been asked to kill a pig, sparks off communal violence in a town and is then, when he realizes what he’s caused, racked by guilt and fear.

It is about people driven mad by terror nhisham grief at the loss of their loved ones, their homes and their possessions.

It is about people who lose everything and yet remain human; it is also about people who will give up all they have—their faith, their families, everything—just to stay alive.


Here we see Ranvir, fifteen years old but already brainwashed by a communal rabble-rouser into murdering any vulnerable Muslim he can find. And Jasbeer, hanging on to her kirpaan while trying to think of a way to escape sure murder—or worse. Bakshiji and Devdutt and their ilk, politicians trying in their own way and with their own motives to halt the violence, to bring peace to the towns and villages.

Richard, so interested in India, its culture and history, that he’s filled his house with artefacts and even plans to write a book on this pet subject—but who, eventually, does not care enough to try and stop the violence that is erupting in his district. This is a brilliantly written, vivid and poignant story, xahni hatred and humanity.

Of cold-blooded murder and sudden murderous rages that cause bloodshed. Of mankind gone berserk and men calculating enough to plan for profits from strife. Of bonds forged and bonds broken.

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Of bigotry and broad mindedness, of cowardice and bravery, of simple human emotion. And the writing is impeccable: Sahni uses words sparingly, bbhisham dialogues are very believable and he switches effortlessly between Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu and English, but always providing enough by way of translation to allow understanding.

Plus, the way he steers clear of actually articulating philosophy was something that appealed to me. He never writes that this is good or that is bad: Jan 02, Rishi Katiyar rated it it was amazing.

View all 4 comments. Mohit Kashliwal Could you please provise the download link for its hindi original version. Feb 20, Parinitie upadhyay added it. Reading books about Partition has never been easy. The sheer pain of reading bisham horrific incidences after which one doesn’t even feel good to be a human, let alone one that bhishwm stuck with that as a history. Still Bhishm Sahni’s take on Partition is a very poignant read.

The Story starts off with Nathu a destitude man attempting to kill a Pig, for a handsome amount of 5Rs Which by the way is not a very comfortable first page readwhich has been commissioned by a wealthy Muslim Man apparently Reading books about Partition has never been easy. Little did he know that the same pig would be used for the act of blasphemy by keeping it on the stairs of a Mosque.

And in this way starts the Domino effect of riot killings. No one was spared, from sikhs to Hindus to Muslims.

The novel depicts how suddenly the once very familiar cross religion neighbourhoods turn bitterly hostile towards one another. The events depicted are based on the true bnisham of riots, and hence we have elements of brutal killings, Forced Conversions, women falling off the well and also a good Muslim who before hand cautions a sikh couple about the impending doom.

The brilliance lies in the decoding of the human psyche during the riots and wonderfully shown through a series of conversations. Bhishma Sahini also shows the politics that gripped the Congress due to sycophancy and petty ego issues of the memberswhile we waited for Independence. Along with that he shows the British nonchalance, who otherwise could have stopped the riots. I also know a thing or two. In the name of freedom they fight against you, but in the name sahhni religion you make them fight one another.

Finally managed to lay my hands on it on my recent vacation and glad I didn’t read this in parts. The intensity of it takes you in slowly and leaves you with a lump in the throat by the time you finish it. The book says it’s based on real incidents and possible that Bhisham Sahni had witnessed some of the incidents actually narrated in this book.

No matter what, they seem quite plausible considering the time and situation that it’s set in.

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Partition remains one of the saddest moments in Indian history and each literary work I taas on it makes me sadder and sadder. Not a typical fiction read, but a must read for any of those interested in history, Indian history in particular.

Now to download the series and watch. Its nicely written and if someone one loves reading historic-fiction books u sld probably read this one.!! Oct 09, Rohit Sharma rated it really liked it.

This was one of those few books that I pick up every year to impress my mother: I started reading this last weekend as we had to travel back to our home town for a family function, I actually picked it to check the public’s reaction on a very old, acclaimed and that too a Hindi book.


A South Indian un This was one of those few books that I pick up every year to impress my mother: A South Indian uncle sitting right opposite our berth going from Pune to Ujjain on a pilgrimage trip spoke so much about the story with such passion without giving out any spoilers as he realized I was midways into the book.

He was delighted to say that I have an amazing taste in literature: Now after reading the book while travelling back to back for three days and wrapping the last 20 pages this morning after reaching home, I am totally speechless. As the period and the drama that this book covers is totally unbelievable. Written in the mid 70’s, based on a time period which is like a few months before of India’s independence and subsequent partition, the way story progresses for a poignantly open ending, it just felt like someone removed the rug below my feet.

My last read was “A Tale of Two Nights” based on Bhopal Gas Tragedy and Babri Masjid demolition of early 90’s which again spoke about Hindu Muslim relations and differences in great detail again in a heart touching story. But as if I didn’t have enough of it already, I got this one which tells exactly the same story which was happening 50 years prior to Babri Masjid episode.

The religious divide which comes in picture at the drop of a hat between the three sects Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs time and again, earlier at one point of time they lived like brothers otherwise. And on top of that we have Britisher’s who were ruling us at that point of time, the dilemma that the Deputy Commissioner of the town faces with these three groups raring to kill each other in the name of religion and what not, was totally mind-blowing. The entire story is so smartly written, which almost never gives out the name of the place it all is happening as well as the time it is actually taking place.

But the way things are going, I could do the math to timeline it and by almost the ending the Author decides to give out the names of the places: Totally unpredictable I will say. I just couldn’t believe how easily a Hindu will kill a Muslim just because a little political move by the top shots changes the equation. The way a human turns into an animal or for that matter even worse than an animal was simply shocking. Especially the way quite a few settle their own scores like killing the weaker ones as they couldn’t kill the stronger ones or raping the females they couldn’t lay their hands on otherwise, unbelievably inhuman and what toll it takes on the readers in-expectant mind.

Again as I am never too ashamed to confess as it happens quite a few times with me, here too I had no idea what actually “Tamas” meant, till I finished the book this morning and called my mother to ask what it meant in the context of the book?

Sahni, you just got a fan for life. Unfortunately these days I do not read much of Hindi literature, all thanks to the availability in the stores I go book shopping and a little to blame myself that I always rate foreign writers higher than our own. Plus I believe no contemporary writer is writing in Hindi anymore they all are writing in English, further killing Hindi literature. I know that my blabber makes no sense and does no justice to the terrific writing of Mr. Bhisham Sahni, having said that I will say that each one of us has to read this book and that too in Hindi, its original language if you can to get its gravity.

Have you read Tamas or seen its TV adaptation or the critically acclaimed movie made by Govind Nihalani on it?