sA’ADAt HAsAN mANto. Open It!*. The special train left Amritsar at two in the afternoon, taking eight hours to reach Mughalpura. Quite a few passengers were . “Khol Do” is one of the most famous and controversial stories of Manto. It is one of the masterpiece depicting the effects of violence during the. This story is published as “Khol Do” in a new translation by Aatish Taseer of Saadat Hasan Manto’s Selected Stories (Random House India).

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Total confusion prevailed, with people looking for lost sons, mothers, wives.

Khol Do – Saadat Hasan Manto

Sirajuddin approached, taking small steps. Many days had gone by and Sirajuddin had still not had any news of his daughter. The special train left Amritsar at two in the afternoon and reached Mughalpura eight hours later. A few days later, Sirajuddin pulled himself together and talked to some people who were willing to help him.

It is obviously true dtories translation can have better interpretation than its own language. He loosened his grip and fell next to Kalwant Kaur panting. They said they brought back women and children left behind on the other side. In a frenzy, Kalwant Kaur kept stabbing him and cursing the other woman.

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He was in shock, suspended as it were over a bottomless pit. Eesher Singh smiled again underneath his blood-filled mustache.


The eight young volunteers comforted her, sat her in their lorry and gave her food and milk. He had lost the capacity to moan. Khool hopes of finding Sakina, Sirajuddin goes behind them to the hospital. From his built one could tell that he was a perfect man for a woman like Kalwant Kaur.

The last portion of the story is worth to read in original. When the riot broke out in the city, like everyone else I also participated. Home Archive About Contact. Eesher Singh once more tried to blow the blood off his mustache.

After a few days, he finds that some young boys are doing a great job of bringing back the daughters and women remained on that side of the border. They had stopped the truck, jumped out and run after her. The boys behave very kindly to her and make her feel at ease but they tell nothing about her to her father even when he asks about it.

His hand that held the dagger was trembling. Those boys were out to find out Sakina and they have now found her… She was the daughter of their land, from their side of border. Your God will reward you. The young men tried their best to find her. They had fed her, given her milk to drink and put her in their truck. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.

Kalwant Kaur was steaming. The short story is told through the perspective of Sirajuddin, whose daughter, Sakina, goes missing when the train they were travelling on is attacked by rioters. At the risk of their lives they had driven to Janto, recovered many women and children and brought them back to the camp, but they had not found Sakina. Like a skilled wrestler, he used all the tricks in the book but none worked. This was the partition of our country….!


Eesher Singh dropped his dagger on the floor and lied xtories bed. Is there another woman? After the dreadful journey from Amritsar to Lahore in which hundreds were killed and injured and lost and raped, he just lay down for hours on the platform of Mughalpura. Sirajuddin asked, “Boys, have you heard anything about my Sakina? She tried to cover her breasts again and again with her hands.

Historical structures of patriarchy took on jingoistic, religious, and eventually violent manifestations in the absence and eo complicity of state machinery. Each morning, he visited different camps and offices looking for Sakina. It is one of the masterpiece depicting the effects of violence during the partition of India on the people of the land. Email Subscription Enter your email ,hol to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.