by P N Balji
Midnight’s Furies by Nisid Hajari
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Penguin Random House, India
It was many years ago that I fell in love with midnight. That was when I read Freedom at Midnight, a magical book about India’s Independence written by Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre. That was also when I changed my mind about the witching hour, the time of night when demons, witches and ghosts were thought to come out to frighten us.
I am also a sucker for books written by journalists. Many of these books are written with a clarity and real-life incisiveness that only a journalist who has had his or her boots on the ground can bring to life.
So when I was given the book, Midnight’s Furies, to review I grabbed it. Bloomberg journalist Nisid Hajari’s account is a valuable addition to the many heard and unheard stories of India’s bitter fight for Independence and the bloody road to Partition.