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A Time of Madness

A Time of Madness

Not so long ago, my boss handed me a copy of ‘A Time of Madness’ for review. That’s the part of my job I love the most, though my job is not of a book reviewer. That’s the story for another day.

For now, here is my review for this riveting read:


During the chaos of partition in 1947, something dreadful happened in the city of Jalandhar in Punjab. As a result of this, Salman Rashid’s family fled Jalandhar for Pakistan, the newly created country across the border. They were among the nearly two million people uprooted from their homes in the greatest transmigration in history. Besides those who fled, other members of the family became part of a grimmer statistic: They featured among the more than one million unfortunate souls who paid with their lives for the division of India and creation of Pakistan. After living in the shadow of his family’s tragedy for decades, in 2008, Rashid made the journey back to his ancestral village to uncover the truth. A time of madness tells the story of what he discovered with great poignancy and grace. It is a tale of unspeakable brutality but it is also a testament to the uniquely human traits of forgiveness, redemption and the resilience of the human spirit.

Why should you read this book ?

To relive the unfortunate history and understand the aftermath it has left in the lives of many. The book deals with vivid description and the search for the roots and the identity as the result of Partition.

Nostalgia, pain, loss, haunting memories, are few of the many things that you can feel deeply when you read the Salman Rashid’s memoir, which aptly tells the time of utter madness.

Who should read this book ?

History buff or someone who enjoys history and is interested in understanding the impact of such a tragedy

About the Author

Salman Rashid is Pakistan’s most widely travelled travel writer with few places in the country that do not carry his footprint. Acclaimed as ‘the most erudite travel writer of the country’, he is the author of eight books that include anthologies of his newspaper articles. This book is the outcome of nearly a quarter century of the Deosai romance over several visits to the plateau.

My Rating: 3.5/5

Favorite Lines

“Silence was their way of keeping the enormous grief at bay; that was their way of struggling to forget and abiding memory that refused to be forgotten.”

A Time of Madness

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