Nishna’s father is Hindu, her mother was Muslim and although their marriage was not usual or accepted by all, they had lived peacefully. As Hindus they must now leave Pakistan as differences threaten to turn violent. Their beloved servant Kazi, who taught her to cook and is practically a father to her, is Muslim and must stay behind. Nishna and her family become refugees and embark on the dangerous and harrowing journey to find a new home. Nishna’s is the voice of a child, simply recounting the sights, sounds and experiences that mark their sojourn to safety in Jodhpur. The family has survived but she has seen many who did not. Nishna’s search for home and identity look for a hopeful future.
In the author’s note Ms Hiranandani offers “Remembering the mistakes of the past will hopefully create a more enlightened, tolerant, and peaceful future. Accepting differences has always been a great challenge for humanity played out in thousands of ways. This was one way.”
Tessa's Picks, 3-6th grade, 3rd & 4th summer 2018, 6th summer 2018, Diaries, Historical fiction, Global perspectives, People of color.