Rainsongs of Kotli

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TSAR, Jan 1, 2004 - Fiction - 205 pages
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Set in the plains of Punjab, amidst the breathtaking mountain snowmelts and monsoon rainstorms, these beauifully told and haunting stories explore the lives and the longings and memories of the Lohar people of Kotli.

For centuries the Lohars have worked as iron-, silver- and goldsmiths. We meet this place and this people a decade after the tumultuous Partition of India, when millions fled their homes to live elsewhere. Now, so much as changed in the Lohar village, and there is a story and a secret to evry person, every family. A man's wife turns out to be a stranger, and his house is not quite his own, when two strangers appear and dig out their past from its earth; a precocious nine-year-old contemplates the mystery behind an old picture; a child bride must abandon the rag dolls that accompanied her in her wedding palaquin; an itinerant fakir sings of reviving a legenday river ...

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I liked the way writer expresses the feeling. I felt spell bound while reading. Rainsongs of Kotli is really one of the best master pieces.


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Tariq Malik was born and raised in Pakistan. He lived for twety hears in Kuwait, before emigrating to Canda in 1995. Rainsongs of Kotli is his first book. He lives in Vancouver.

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