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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The only thing I am glad about reading this thing is that now I will be able to tell my external teacher that I read it! After the Secretary’s announcement the meeting started dispersing.

ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Mehtaji had not included Shanker’s name in the Conference. As the period and the drama that this book covers is totally unbelievable. The lane he was walking along was fla nk ed by Muslim houses, with a few Hindu dhobis’ houses in between, followed by a small block of butchers’ house. At the end of the novel, Richard or the British administrators take up the matter to prove their superiority in statecraft.

Archived from the original on 11 May Your pajama cord has an important bearing on the point I’m going to make. These too were closed. There’s no harm done, Bakshiji. It is a grim reminder of the immense tragedy that results whenever the religious sentiments of communities are manipulated to achieve political objectives.

The plot, the characters, seem alarmingly familiar even in modern times and that makes this book a must -read. Padma Bhushan award recipients — On the table lay half-open books and piles of magazines and a lamp with a large shade, shedding light over the table, leaving the rest of the hail in darkness.

He went about xahni speeches, whether there was a meeting or not, and often came in for rough handling. It depicts how communal violence was generated tamad fundamentalists and extremists in both communities, and how innocent persons were duped into serving die ulterior purposes of fundamentalists and communalists of both sides; how an innocent boy is seduced to violence resulting in his attacking both communities; how extremist elements in both communities infuse tension and hatred for their own ends at the cost of inter-communal hannony, how realization ultimately dawns as to the futility of it all, and finally how inherent goodness in human nature triumphs and both communities leam to live in amity.


No words can describe the magic of his story telling, i am in total bhisha, the pathos created through his novel is unparalleled. Soon stones fly at the party members from neighboring houses and they flee the scene. It will be for the whole of Hindustan.

But now the chimes seemed to descend from heaven. Entice one of them into your room and kill it. This is a brilliantly written, vivid and poignant story, of hatred and humanity. That Bhisham never paused, never halted in such a long creative journey is a big achievement; but what is bigger perhaps is that his life nurtured his work and his work nurtured his life, both nurtured each other continuously.


Even in their food habits. Religion is used by the British for imperialistic agenda, by the Indian politicians as an electoral tool and by religious leaders as polarising extremism, creating insecurity on a national and global scale is clear from the novel.

The khansama was still standing motionless. Oct 19, Abhimanyu rated it it was amazing. To read and share your views, visit the link below: Phlegmatic, growing in years, his body had already started showing signs of age, but even so nothing happened unless he was around.

Goading the cow on he passed along the road and then turned into one of the lanes. He’s a female ‘cock.

Their ssahni, so to speak, was the same. Meanwhile, young bloods like Ranvir are being trained by Hindu Sabha to take up arms against their enemy. Richard had ridden up the hill with his wife, Liza, to show her the glorious sunrise. Tamas is about the man who, ignorant of why he’s been asked to bhiham a pig, sparks off communal violence in a town and is then, when he realizes what he’s caused, racked by guilt and fear.


Traversing the lane he came onto the open road where there was more light. Dancing women come to the fair from far-off places. You’ve become too big. The book glows with the sense of ending without, however, any trace of morbidity or self-pity. But before he could utter another word the General interrupted angrily. At the time of Partition he was an active member of the Indian National Congress, and organized relief work for the refugees when riots broke out in Rawalpindi in March You want us to slip away from here?

God forbid- Here, give me the broomstick. Otherwise, the scene had undergone no significant change.

Bhisham Sahni

Then he turned to Bakshiji. Nathu, a Chamaris finishing his work in his shop when the thekedar Pankaj Kapur walks in and asks him to kill a pig for the Veterinary doctor who needs it for medical purposes. We made a mistake in coming here. Shankerlal’s remark but he swallowed his anger and ignored him. Bhisham Sahni a master story teller sketches the darkness of partition through Tamas.

Its tiny flame drooped and again winked back into life. Such as collecting funds for the Red Cross Society, holding flower shows, arranging fetes for children, collecting shoes and clothes for ex-anny-men. The Secretary, a thin, highly irascible man, gave a brief account of the deteriorating communal situation in the city.