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The Song Of Distant Bulbuls

Release date: 5 August 2023
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In the autumn of 1939, seventeenyearold Sammi has been married for only twentyone days when her h... Read More

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In the autumn of 1939, seventeenyearold Sammi has been married for only twentyone days when her husband, Hari Singh, an officer in the British Indian Army, is summoned to fight in WWII. The heartbroken couple bid each other goodbye. Sammi awaits Hari Singh’s return in her village, Aliwala, a syncretic hamlet with Sufi bearings in the hinterland of Punjab. It is 1946 but there is no word from Hari Singh. He has been gone for nearly seven years. Caught between her two feuding brothers, Jasjit and Kirpal, the now twentythreeyearold Sammi clings to her husband’s memory.

India is on the brink of gaining independence from the British. Jasjit worries that independence will damage ageold communal bonds and separate him from his closest friend, Zulfi Sheikh. Meanwhile Kirpal plans to solidify his social standing by forcing Sammi to marry his boyhood friend, the influential Bachan Singh. Will Sammi be forced into a second marriage or will she find the courage to step out of the narrow alleys of Aliwala in search of a new life?

Inspired by true events, The Song of Distant Bulbuls is set in a singularly turbulent time in world history. The novel poses epic questions: is happiness an elusive goal? Is love the ultimate aim of human life or a means to something else? What does it take to realize who one truly loves and how much?


Product Details

Title: The Song Of Distant Bulbuls
Author: Simrita Dhir
Publisher: Speaking Tiger
SKU: BK0479556
EAN: 9789354474170
Number Of Pages: 344
Language: English
Binding: Paperback
Country Of Origin: India
Release date: 5 August 2023

About Author

Simrita Dhir is a Duke of Edinburgh Gold Standard Awardee. She received her PhD in American Literature from the Department of English and Cultural Studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh. She now lives with her husband and their son in San Diego, California, where she studied Advanced Rhetoric at the Department of Rhetoric and Writing Studies, San Diego State University. She lectures on Writing, Diversity and Imagination and is the author of the novel The Rainbow Acres. This is her second novel.

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