Exploring tragedies of past

Ravinder Gurtoo

Name of book : Untold stories of the exodus
Author : Pran Pandit

It wasn’t a twenty twenty match but well woven conspiracy which dragged a huge community out from their homes. But there’s a story behind everything. How a picture got on a wall and how scars got on our face, is all here. There are many stories to be told in the dark spots. Every unknown, poor, infamous individual has a realistic untold story to tell, but then only words sell. Everyone can’t sell his words because this is an art. A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people. I congratulate you Pran Pandit Ji for this wonderful book.
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. You may forget who wrote them or what the story was called. Sometimes you’ll forget precisely what happened, but if a story touches you, it will stay with you, haunting the places in your mind that you rarely ever visit. The covers of the book are like a roof and four walls. What is to happen next will take place within the four walls of the story. And this is possible because the story’s voice makes everything its own. Perhaps some day I’ll crawl back home, beaten, defeated, but not as long as I can make stories out of my heartbreak, and beauty out of sorrow.
Appreciate the authors who get you close to the past and remind you of the realities, which led to the turmoil, and Pran Pandit has done it.
What really knocks me out in this book is it’s reach to the people, which i think has happened for the first time in last 32 years of the exodus. Words and events described in this book are like X-rays, and they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.
It is a classic book that has never finished saying what it has to say. A good book deserves reviews for readers and the author. This book is a collection of the most traumatic and real stories that explore character changes in a society and the outcome of those changes. The depth of every story put across through a string of pearl-like words has kept the company of unfortunate days alive.
I think there are two types of writers, the architects and the gardeners. The architects plan everything ahead of time, just like building a house. They have the whole thing designed and blueprinted out before they even nail the first board up. The gardeners dig a hole, drop in a seed and water it. They know what kind of seed it is, fantasy, mystery seed or whatever. But as the plant comes up and they water it, they don’t know how many branches it’s going to have, they find out only when it grows. And I love gardeners than the architects. Pran Pandit, you are a gardener!
It’s a must-read, and I recommend the book if you want to explore the tragedies of our past.
I think this book is essentially a must-read for all the community members in particular and the countrymen in general, who are curious and in search of the real happenings. It might not be so easy to open up and speak about these topics, and the internet isn’t necessarily going to provide you the accurate information. Educating yourself through a learned person will help you understand the realities behind our exodus and will quench your curiosity.
It is surprising how the brutality and extreme conditions of the book make so much sense in reality. This book is very intense and consuming since you will experience a plethora of emotions ranging from fear and horror to deep introspection.
This list would be incomplete without this book. A collection of ten stories from this brilliant mind will send you on a little trip to valley every time you pick this book up. Each story is a masterpiece on its own. At the end I compliment Prof Dr Rattan Lal Hangloo for his wonderful forward.