The love between two people who hailed from the same land but were torn apart by hate and boundaries can never be fully explained. It's inherent-- a burning ember within each soul, mourning what it lost-- an ember which grows into an inferno of longing, friendship and nostalgia. "Chitti Sarhad Parr Say" is a compilation of letters exchanged between these two people-- expressing the pain they went through on separation, the brutality they witnessed in its aftermath and the quite hope they kindle that one day they will be reunited once more.
محبت میں یہ مرحلہ ہمیشہ مشکل کن رہا جب ہمیشہ سرحد کو انا کی دیوار بنا کر محبت کو کچل دیا گیا۔ نہ جانے یہ کون سی دشمنی ہے جسے سرحد پار کا نام دے کر ابھارا جاتا رہا ہے۔ محبت سرحدوں، پابندیوں اور اصولوں سے بالاتر ہے، محبت آفاقی جذبہ ہے چاہے وہ دوستی کے رشتے میں ہو یا پیار کے۔ ’چھٹی سرحد پار سے‘ ایک ایسی کتاب ہے جو سرحدی پابندی کو نہیں مانتی اور محبتوں کے پھول خطوں کے ذریعے ایک دوسرے کو بھیجتی ہے۔ جدائی، دکھ، اذیتوں سے پُر ماضی کو بھلا کر دوستی کا ہاتھ بڑھانا چاہتی ہے۔
|ISBN (Hard copy)||978-969-696-460-5|
|Estimated Reading Time||2h 30 mins|
|Published On||17 Jul 2022|
Oct 18, 2022
It's a collection of 31 letters written by Pakistanis and Indians to each other.
Partition of subcontinent had a great impact on everything including the emotional health of people who were forced to leave their loved ones and move to another country.
When partition was announced, Muslims left the country, now called India and moved to pakistan and Hindus left the country, now called Pakistan.
Talking about the writing, the book was a compilation of letters. Each writer wrote in very good and easy way.
The letter on Peace to be restored between both countries was my favourite.
While reading, I felt that people were not happy with the partition and they agree with the historians that partition was a mistake.
They may be right because they have to leave their loved ones in the different country.
However this may not be practical enough as Muslims living in India are still struggling to show their loyalty towards India. They'll never be able to show this. Many are still not able to practice their religion openly. Same for the Hindus living in pakistan. They'll always be minority here.
To sum up my opinion, the book shall be read as a fictional book. It's an emotional book. Maybe you start crying while reading some things
Aug 03, 2022
How often do we get to hear from the other side of the border? I believe our main source is media and the internet but what about personalized conversations? I get to experience that through this book, ‘Chitthi Sarhad Paar Se’. To simply put, it’s an exchange of letters between Indo-Pak residents reminiscing memories, rekindling forgotten friendships, and many such beautiful correspondences.
To give you the backstory of how this book came about, Daastan in collaboration with White Falcon Publication India initiated a campaign in 2020 encouraging anyone across the border to write letters. Hence, the best shortlisted became part of this book.
It’s not just mere letters, they are stories that were unsaid for years. Many of them carefully tucked in under the ruckus of turmoil and remorse. The partition is undoubtedly the bloodiest upheaval in Southeast Asian history where people living with each other for centuries became enemies. But then again, that is just one side of the narrative that both countries have built up over the years.
What’s missing from course books is the incomprehensible pain of the survivors. Imagine just being told one day that you have to leave your village, your city, your country and that too in hiding and then make way to the train that will take you to safety. To us, it may sound like a movie that we saw but our ancestors have lived through it. ‘Chitthi Sarhad Paar Se’ serves not only as our Memorial Sight but a New Beginning to collectively commemorate our shared pain and happiness along with the histories of the people of Pakistan and India. Unfortunately, the crisis between the two nations is ever-present so books like these provide more of an inclusive space to share experiences that we carry.
August is the month when Indo-Pak celebrate their independence so if you are looking for a book of the month, this one is highly recommended.
Mar 26, 2020
The effort of each n everyone who participated to make million untold stories heard and read is heart melting. Really enjoyed all letters. Very unique.