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Vichhoda by Harinder Sikka. A Book Review



In “Vichhoda”, Harinder Sikka weaves a poignant tale of strength, resilience, and hope. Set against the backdrop of the tumultuous events during the Partition of India, the novel follows the life of Bibi Amrit Kaur.


The year is 1950, and the Liaquat-Nehru Pact has been signed between India and Pakistan. Bibi Amrit Kaur’s life is irrevocably altered during the 1947 riots. She finds herself in a different country, with a new identity. Despite the heartbreak and loss, she embraces her new life gracefully, marrying and raising two children. But life has more challenges in store for her, breaking her apart once again. The pain becomes unbearable, yet the hope of reuniting with her children keeps her going.


Amidst the bitterness, Bibi Amrit Kaur remains a beacon of courage and resilience. Her story is one of sacrifice, strength, and unwavering determination. Sikka’s writing beautifully captures the emotional landscape of a woman who faces displacement, loss, and the indomitable spirit to survive.


“Vichhoda” is a must-read for those who appreciate untold stories of ordinary people navigating extraordinary circumstances. Harinder Sikka’s narrative skillfully portrays the human spirit’s ability to endure and find hope even in the darkest of times.

If you’re drawn to historical fiction that delves into personal journeys, this book is a compelling addition to your reading list. 📚🌟

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