The Night Diary | Veera Hiranandani | Book Review

  • Author : Veera Hiranandani
  • Genre : Historical fiction, Children fiction
  • Pages : 272
  • Rating : 5/5 stars

Can you imagine the pain and struggles that a 12-year old girl who already has lost her mother already faces when she has to move to a different country, meet strangers and live among them leaving behind her friends and family all due to tensions between people during partition.

SUMMARY

It’s 1947, and India, newly independent of British rule, has been separated into two countries: Pakistan and India. The divide has created much tension between Hindus and Muslims, and hundreds of thousands are killed crossing borders.

Half-Muslim, half-Hindu twelve-year-old Nisha doesn’t know where she belongs, or what her country is anymore. When Papa decides it’s too dangerous to stay in what is now Pakistan, Nisha and her family become refugees and embark first by train but later on foot to reach her new home. The journey is long, difficult, and dangerous, and after losing her mother as a baby, Nisha can’t imagine losing her homeland, too. But even if her country has been ripped apart, Nisha still believes in the possibility of putting herself back together.

Told through Nisha’s letters to her mother, The Night Diary is a heartfelt story of one girl’s search for a home, for her own identity…and for a hopeful future.

{taken from Goodreads}

MY THOUGHTS

“You can't split us. You can't split love.”

This book is a collection of diary entries written by Nisha, as a medium of connecting with her dead mother and a treasured gift she received from Kazi. Nisha and Amil are twins who are total opposite to each other in their personalities. While Nisha is quiet, shy, hardworking, and a great cook, Amil is curious, adventurous, outspoken. And this story is about Nisha’s search for her haven, her identity among all and for a hopeful future.

The whole book is written from a 12-year-old point of view and thus easy to understand and follow. These diary entries make the reading easier, evokes a series of emotions and feelings. So be ready with tissues to wipe up those tears. 

“All that suffering, all that death, for nothing. I will never understand, as long as I live, how a country could change overnight from a line drawn.”


They are so raw and innocent, heartfelt, immersive, thought-provoking, emotional, and perfectly conveys all Nisha’s turmoil of emotions which makes the book unique. And the chapters were so short, clear, and concise as they were written in the form of diary entries. I would recommend this to readers who like historical fiction and enjoys books about partition.

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