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The Night Diary [PDF] ✅ The Night Diary ✈ Veera Hiranandani – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk It s , and India, newly independent of British rule, has been separated into two countries Pakistan and India The divide has created much tension between Hindus and Muslims, and hundreds of thousands It s , and India, newly independent of British rule, has been separated into two countries Pakistan and India The divide has created much tension between Hindus and Muslims, and hundreds of thousands are killed crossing bordersHalf Muslim, half Hindu twelve year old Nisha doesn t know where she belongs, or what her country is any When Papa decides it s too dangerous to stay in what is now Pakistan, Nisha and her family become refugees and embark first by train but later on foot to The Night eBook  reach her new home The journey is long, difficult, and dangerous, and after losing her mother as a baby, Nisha can t imagine losing her homeland, too But even if her country has been ripped apart, Nisha still believes in the possibility of putting herself back together.

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  • Hardcover
  • 264 pages
  • The Night Diary
  • Veera Hiranandani
  • English
  • 26 September 2017
  • 0735228515

About the Author: Veera Hiranandani

Veera Hiranandani is the author of THE NIGHT DIARY, THE WHOLE STORY OF HALF A GIRL, and the chapter book series, PHOEBE G GREEN She has an MFA in fiction writing from Sarah Lawrence College and spent six years as a book editor She now teaches creative writing at The Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in New York with her family She is working on her next novel.



10 thoughts on “The Night Diary

  1. Cristina Monica Cristina Monica says:

    There are two reasons that I can think of right now of why Historical Fiction novels are as valuable as History courses, if not .Because unless you re a university student who takes very specific History courses with the subjects that you really want to learn about, chances are your high school History professors will focus on European and American History That s from my Canadian perspective, anyways.The other reason is that while History courses usually cover a topic and make you learn all There are two reasons that I can think of right now of why Historical Fiction novels are as valuable as History courses, if not .Because unless you re a university student who takes very specific History courses with the subjects that you really want to learn about, chances are your high school History professors will focus on European and American History That s from my Canadian perspective, anyways.The other reason is that while History courses usually cover a topic and make you learn all the important facts and dates which, personally, I forget almost immediately after graduating the course professors frequently talk about historical events matter of factly and rarely make you FEEL what the population who, for instance, survived WWII FELT.And this comes from someone who used to avoid Historical Fiction Like any other genre, it can be boring if explored poorly or burdened with unnecessary description.I like books from almost any genre that make it possible for you to visualize scenes in your head and that leave an impression, not just a mental one but an emotional one, too I like books that are emotionally affective because, in twenty years, I will probably forget most of what happened in those books, but I will never forget how I felt reading them And isolating those feelings will lead me to remembering what triggered them in the first place.This book is one of those books that make you FEEL The writing is lyrical, the topic important, relevant, and especially realistic It s also written in diary entries and, as someone who cannot keep a diary for longer than two weeks, this novel format fascinates me.I not only thoroughly enjoyed myself while reading this book, but I also learned from it No one ever told me Pakistan and India were once the same country Either my History professors assumed that was common knowledge, even for a tween teen, or they didn t bother mentioning it because it didn t fit with their course outlines My point is, History courses do teach you a lot, but sometimes it s better to learn on your own, notably when you want to gain knowledge on a very specific subject and FEELthan absorb descriptions, and fictional stories can be a great way to do that The Night Diary is a great way to do that.Blog Youtube Twitter Instagram Google Bloglovin

  2. Hannah Greendale Hannah Greendale says:

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend The year is 1947 and India, now free of British rule, has been split into two countries India and Pakistan Because of the divide, tension has erupted between Hindus and Muslims Twelve year old Nisha and her family are Hindu, but her deceased mother was Muslim Nisha is uncertain where she belongs When Nisha and her family become refugees, forced to journey alongside thousands of others to a new home, Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend The year is 1947 and India, now free of British rule, has been split into two countries India and Pakistan Because of the divide, tension has erupted between Hindus and Muslims Twelve year old Nisha and her family are Hindu, but her deceased mother was Muslim Nisha is uncertain where she belongs When Nisha and her family become refugees, forced to journey alongside thousands of others to a new home, she charts her arduous trek via letters written every night in her journal beginning each one, Dear Mama I ve never had a diary before When Kazi gave it to me, he said it was time to start writing things down, and that I was the one to do it He said someone needs to make a record of the things that will happen because the grown ups will be too busy. The cultural significance of Nisha s story is not limited to her record of historical events While recording her thoughts, Nisha reveals to young readers the many ways in which her life differs from other children around the world Not all girls go to school, she explains, and everyone s varied religions Muslim, Hindu, or Sikh are evident by the clothes they wear or the names they haveOn Nisha s birthday, she receives the diary as a gift wrapped in brown paper, tied with a piece of dried grass In reflecting on the extravagant nature of this gift, the simplicity of her life is most evident I once read an English story where a little girl got a big pink cake and presents wrapped in shiny paper and bows for her birthday I thought about the little gifts Kazi gives us all the time a piece of candy under our pillows or a ripe tomato from the garden, sliced, salted, and sprinkled with chili pepper on a plate Cake and bows must be nice, but is anything better than a perfect tomatoFood is central to Nisha s story Hiranandani s descriptions of warm unleavened bread chapatti , spiced split pea and lentil soup dal , and potatoes and vegetables deep fried in a seasoned batter pakoras are liable to make anyone hungry For Nisha, cooking is a source of comfort the kitchen is a place where family comes together When her family has walked for days and faces death by starvation, a simple bowl of rice and lentils is a saving grace unseasoned food becomes the most wonderful thing she s ever tasted Comfort found in preparing and eating food sustains Nisha, but it cannot quell her confusion about what s happening around her In contemplating her country s upheaval and the way it has affected her family as well as everyone around her, Nisha explores weighty themes and, through questioning her situation, inadvertently makes powerful assertionsPapa says that when you separate people into groups, they start to believe that one group is better than another I think about Papa s medical books and how we all have the same blood, and organs, and bones inside us, no matter what religion we re supposed to be. So a Hindu family kills a Muslim family, who kills a Hindu family, who kills a Muslim family It would never end unless someone ended it But who was going to do thatI don t want to think about the answer, but my pencil needs to write it anyway If you were alive, would we have to leave you because you are Muslim Would they have drawn a line right through us, MamaThough Nisha s story is moving, the narrative is limited by the constraints of its epistolary format As a first person narrator, Nisha s voice is occasionally dull and the prose often lacks sparkle Making up for this are the moments when Nisha s longing for her mother saturates her letters, making for a sentimental read that will force some readers to reach for a box of tissues Sometimes I hear you talking to me You have a sweet, low voice Nisha, just onestep, you say And I take it You said to me when we were so thirsty, Pretend the air is water Drink it in I did, Mama, I wouldn t ever say this to anyone else but if we died, would that mean we could be with youViolent content bears mentioning, given the age group of the book s intended audience ages 8 to 12 At one point, Nisha is held captive with a knife at her throat Nisha encounters a man who says, Hindus killed my familySliced their throats as I watched And then I escaped, but I should have let them kill me, too. Also, Nisha witnesses several men fighting and describes violent images such as blood, a man with a slashed leg, a man with a gun, a man being stabbed in the chest, a man getting his throat slashed, and people dying The Night Diary is a moving story of a refugee girl s search for home, identity, and family in a divided country however, parents are well advised to be mindful of the book s content before handing it to young readers Special thanks to Dial Books for Young Readers for providing a free copy of The Night Diary in exchange for an honest review Note All quotes are provided from an uncorrected proof

  3. Rashika (is tired) Rashika (is tired) says:

    The book I FUCKING DESERVE Updating my review with the letter I wrote to my great grandma as part of the blog tour Dear Great Grandma,I am not the best at writing letters that are also going to be on display but you know, I am trying I recently read The Night Diary, which is currently the only book I am calling a favorite of this year and I ve read 86 books so far Reading it has made me incredibly pensive because the entire time I was reading it, I kept thinking that I was reading your and gr The book I FUCKING DESERVE Updating my review with the letter I wrote to my great grandma as part of the blog tour Dear Great Grandma,I am not the best at writing letters that are also going to be on display but you know, I am trying I recently read The Night Diary, which is currently the only book I am calling a favorite of this year and I ve read 86 books so far Reading it has made me incredibly pensive because the entire time I was reading it, I kept thinking that I was reading your and grandma s story too Sometimes its disheartening that something that impacted my family and 16 million other people so much isn t really talked about Everyone always talks about the liberation of India with pride or the end of a colonial rule but they always forget about the 14 million people who were displaced The 14 million people who had to pack up and leave their possessions, homes, friends and sometimes even family behind Nani has never talked to me about what happened The only stories that have been passed down to me have been through Mama who told me you told them to her when she was growing up and would spend summers at your farm Mama always tells me the story of how you grabbed your kids and your husband, packed a little tin full of gold and used it to pay people along the way as you crossed the border By the time you made it, you had nothing left No home, no income and no money to start a new life in a country that wasn t technically your home Mama says you were a pretty bad ass lady and I wish I could have gotten to meet you Maybe you re the ghost that I think is haunting me If so, feel free to say hi Sometimes I also wonder what life would have been like if the partition hadn t happened and you didn t have to flee your home but I wouldn t be here if that happened I think the thing I reflect the most on is how different my cultural identity would be if you never had to leave because of the horrible things happening at the time But you know, thats was out of your control and I am glad you made it mostly in one piece I know millions other didn t and my heart hurts for them too Anyway, it was nice talking to you even though you won t be reading this I hope you re as proud of me as I am of you Love,Rashika

  4. Reading_ Tam_ Ishly Reading_ Tam_ Ishly says:

    This book is so damn good My heart got cut open my tears could not stop till the last page.And I couldn t leave out a word Yes, it is that good.The writing style is mesmerizing, simple and full of emotions.The story has been fictionalized as is mentioned by the author at the end of the book based on the real life events that happened during the time of partition in 1947.It is so beautifully written that I became aware of my own life so many times while reading the lines feeling so grateful abo This book is so damn good My heart got cut open my tears could not stop till the last page.And I couldn t leave out a word Yes, it is that good.The writing style is mesmerizing, simple and full of emotions.The story has been fictionalized as is mentioned by the author at the end of the book based on the real life events that happened during the time of partition in 1947.It is so beautifully written that I became aware of my own life so many times while reading the lines feeling so grateful about being here being able to read this book with all the comforts of being alive.I broke down many a times had to stop myself from reading now and then in order to ease the pain I felt while reading the painful journey of survival faced by the family.I just cannot talk about the story and the characters without choking up So I am leaving out that part.This short book makes me feel grateful to acknowledge that if there s water we can drink anytime, a morsel of food we can enjoy anytime anywhere or do not have to run away to another country on foot during the night watching our whole family struggling to live, our lives are still blessed and yes, I feel there s nothing wrong in being grateful about small and big things in life It s hard to believe but such mundane things that we take for granted are still the most precious things for someone who s struggling somewhere in such a scenario Well even if the book is not written in any way to preach about what I have just written above, this is the kind of book that makes us feel about such things while reading it and makes us want to appreciate the things we take for granted.I feel the most important message that the book tried to convey is the importance of family and found family The characters are so well developed and the family dynamics is represented well Kudos to the author.Easily one of the best reads Such a small book but leaving such a huge impact And yes, that cover is so damn relevant

  5. destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries] destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries] says:

    Man this was so good The Night Diary is easily one of the best assigned readings I ve had in my entire grad degree program, and I m so glad it was in my curriculum because I m not sure how quickly I d have picked it up otherwise This story broke my heart over and over This little book really deserves a full review, but sadly, I didn t write it as soon as I finished reading it, and I don t feel like I can do it justice this many months after the fact and since it pained me a little too mu Man this was so good The Night Diary is easily one of the best assigned readings I ve had in my entire grad degree program, and I m so glad it was in my curriculum because I m not sure how quickly I d have picked it up otherwise This story broke my heart over and over This little book really deserves a full review, but sadly, I didn t write it as soon as I finished reading it, and I don t feel like I can do it justice this many months after the fact and since it pained me a little too much to commit to rereading it, I ll just say you should 100% check it out, look at some otherthorough, and preferably own voices reviews, and I absolutely recommend the audiobook if you can read it that way If you were alive, would we have to leave you because you are Muslim Would they have drawn a line right through us, Mama

  6. Jessica Jessica says:

    I want to hold this book to my heart and never let go What an absolutely gorgeous and heartbreaking work of art Her writing is transcendent I felt the wind, the dust, smelled the spices, felt the pencil in Nisha s hand And the story so vital So poignant Millions of people were and no doubt still are affected by this, and I am ashamed to say I had never heard of it until a few months ago And Nisha, our sweet narratorI love this precious girl She made me sad, and happy, and hungr I want to hold this book to my heart and never let go What an absolutely gorgeous and heartbreaking work of art Her writing is transcendent I felt the wind, the dust, smelled the spices, felt the pencil in Nisha s hand And the story so vital So poignant Millions of people were and no doubt still are affected by this, and I am ashamed to say I had never heard of it until a few months ago And Nisha, our sweet narratorI love this precious girl She made me sad, and happy, and hungry

  7. Donalyn Donalyn says:

    Beautiful and heartbreaking A treasure.

  8. Josiah Josiah says:

    Veera Hiranandani had a curious career trajectory leading up to The Night Diary She d written at least one easy reader as a licensed commission for Ian Falconer s hugely successful Olivia picture book series, as well as a modestly well received middle grade novel The Whole Story of Half a Girl, published 2012 , and the cuisine centric Phoebe G Green series of early chapter books The Night Diary was her first work of historical fiction, and earned Ms Hiranandani a 2019 Newbery Honor Never h Veera Hiranandani had a curious career trajectory leading up to The Night Diary She d written at least one easy reader as a licensed commission for Ian Falconer s hugely successful Olivia picture book series, as well as a modestly well received middle grade novel The Whole Story of Half a Girl, published 2012 , and the cuisine centric Phoebe G Green series of early chapter books The Night Diary was her first work of historical fiction, and earned Ms Hiranandani a 2019 Newbery Honor Never had the cultural strife of 1940s India been written about for kids with such clarity and emotional resonance Nisha and her twin brother Amil have just turned twelve the summer of 1947 They live in the city of Mirpur Khas, on a large estate reserved for the local doctor and his family Papa invests most of his time tending to patients, leaving Nisha and Amil to be supervised by their grandmother Dadi , but the family has access to almost anything material they want medical treatment is valued everywhere in the world, and Papa is one of the best Mama died in childbirth with Nisha and Amil, but for Nisha s twelfth birthday Papa gives her an ornate diary, and as she writes in it daily, she finds herself addressing the entries to her departed mother Did Mama love Nisha and Amil, though they caused her death How did she and Papa feel about each other, and does he resent his kids for the loss of his wife Nisha aches to meet her mother face to face and pose these questions, but when she writes each day s events in her diary, she feels a bit closer to Mama, as though they are indirectly touching souls The fact that Mama was Muslim and Papa a Hindu isn t a major factor in Nisha s life, but she ponders itoften as religious tension surrounds India s latest political drama The British, colonial rulers of India for centuries, are finally relinquishing control, and internal arguments are on the rise as to how the transition should go Densely populated by Hindus, Muslims, and Sikhs, India has had little trouble as a melting pot of diverse religions, but anger boils over as these factions grapple for the upper hand in this important world region Some politicians angle for peace at any cost, while others seize the opportunity to forward their own cultural interests Nisha is unnerved by the hard feelings crackling in the air like lightning before a storm Strangers knock at the door and argue with her father at all hours of the night Papa increasingly worries as the momentum of public opinion carries India closer to a permanent geographic and religious split Nisha adores Kazi, the family cook Nisha isn t supposed to assist him with his job, but she loves preparing food, and Kazi always has a twinkle in his eye when he lets her help Kazi is a devout Muslim, which has never bothered Nisha s family, but Papa cautions that if India divides into two countries, Kazi may no longer be allowed to live with them Why should Nisha lose a member of her family because strangers are opposed to Hindus and Muslims under the same roof On midnight of August 15, Partition officially takes effect, and Nisha s situation changes in a blur of action It grieves her that Kazi is required to stay behind and mind the house for whatever Muslim family moves in next, but the land Nisha s family lives on is no longer part of India, and they have to flee before violence overtakes them Papa, Dadi, Nisha, and Amil pack as few belongings as possible, prioritizing food and water, before hitting the long trail to Rashid Uncle s home about fifty miles away, halfway to India s new border Rashid Uncle is a mystery to Nisha did he object to Papa and Mama s marriage as most of her Muslim family did, willing to disown her rather than accept their interfaith relationship Is that why Nisha had no idea Rashid Uncle lived so close all these years Nervous thoughts buzz in Nisha s brain as she lugs her water, food, and precious few personal items on the migration toward India, but there arepressing issues than whether Rashid Uncle will accept them into his home Hordes of Hindus, Muslims, and Sikhs are crossing the land both directions, and the heavy press of hot bodies in the desert is affecting people s tempers Fresh water is hard to come by Nisha s throat burns like flame, her thoughts going wonky as her body screams for liquid, but Amil s condition is worse Even skinnier than she is, his body reacts badly to dehydration The danger that Amil and then the rest of the family will die before finding water is very real Are they going to forfeit their lives because of a land dispute Are they mere hours from reuniting with Mama and having answers to the deep questions of Nisha s heart From the lap of luxury to walking a trail of torment, Nisha s existence has morphed into a nightmare Bloodshed erupts between Mirpur Khas and Rashid Uncle s house as Hindus and Muslims murder each other in broad daylight Such hatred never manifested before Partition divided India and Pakistan, one country for Hindus and the other for Muslims, so why are the two groups suddenly unable to coexist Even at Rashid Uncle s house, assuming he doesn t turn Nisha s family away, they won t be able to stay long Hindus aren t welcome in Pakistan, so Nisha s family will have to hope nobody notices them until they refresh their supplies for the second half of their journey to the Indian city of Jodhpur Papa s medical skills will be prized anywhere he goes, so if they can make it to Jodhpur, Nisha s family can rebuild their prosperous life At this point she d settle for Papa, Dadi, and Amil just surviving, but there are many hardships to surmount before they re home free within India s borders Will Nisha ever recover from her bloody trek to a new homeland Potent and wise, The Night Diary explores a greater number of relevant issues than I can expound upon in this review Nisha and Amil are twins, but each inherited a unique set of traits from their parents Nisha physically resembles her father and loves to cook like him, but has difficulty expressing her emotions in words She can t speak at all in front of strangers, which is why her only real friend is Kazi, the cook Nisha feels pressure to make her few words matter, and that pressure keeps her silent even when she longs to voice the feelings filling her up inside How will she ever again feel safe speaking with others after the trauma of her travel to Jodhpur, where she witnesses horrors that most adults never see Amil is naturally less serious than Nisha, but Papa treats him harshly Whereas Papa pleads for Nisha to speak her mind, Amil is too candid for their father s liking The boy is a gifted artist but dislikes to read, claiming the words jump around on the page when he looks at them Papa thinks that s a pathetic excuse to avoid schoolwork, but Amil is just as happy ignoring the printed word and improving his art skills Amil is Papa s scapegoat when he and Nisha dabble in mischief Papa pretends Nisha had nothing to do with it, focusing his ire on Amil, who shrinks under the disapproval even if it s impossible to keep him contrite for long The migration to Jodhpur tests and reveals the emotional bonds between Nisha s family members as the growing likelihood of Amil s death forces Papa to face losing his son The richest moments of this book are the flickers of unspoken understanding when we see how Nisha s family truly feel about one another Life never feels perfect, no matter how good you have it Only in retrospect do we look back on particular times and see how comfortable we were, how well our needs were met even as we exaggerated small problems into big ones That s what Nisha realizes when her quiet, affluent life evaporates into poverty and despair Losing Kazi, losing the sentimental possessions they keep to remember Mama, and losing their material wealth are bitter pills to swallow, but history can be a pitiless crucible Sometimes the world as you know it just decides to become something else This is our destiny now, Papa says before the family evacuates Mirpur Khas When your world reshapes itself without warning, what option is there but to hope a kind of normality someday returns That s all Nisha has to moor her sanity to She can t figure out why Hindus, Muslims, and Sikhs are suddenly killing each other did redrawing India s border somehow addle their minds Papa has experienced enough of life to have an idea why the situation has deteriorated He says that when you separate people into groups, they start to believe that one group is better than another I think about Papa s medical books and how we all have the same blood, and organs, and bones inside us, no matter what religion we re supposed to be A diverse citizenry can usually live at peace unless they become conditioned to view out groups as targets for resentment When social, racial, religious, or political brokers whip their followers into a frenzy for tribal warfare, people adopt the notion that coexistence is an evil that must not be tolerated The social fabric rends irreparably, and civilization decays Be wary of stirring up acrimony against ideological out groups The Night Diary shows the tragedy that follows disintegration of respectful societal discourse Nisha will never be the same after what she saw en route to Jodhpur As she writes in her diary, I had never seen anyone kill before It has changed me I used to think people were mostly good, but now I wonder if anyone could be a murderer Who was the first one, Mama, the first to kill when they decided to break apart India War tears the mask off humanity, exposing our depraved nature we re so good at hiding Anyone is capable of evil, and that s a disturbing revelation for those who wish to believe humans can overcome our problems via good will and intentions May Nisha not be disheartened by this truth, but use it as a reminder to deliberately resist her own dark side as she spreads compassion to a world in need of youthful positivity It s the best way to turn the tragedies surrounding Partition into a better tomorrow for herself, her family, and India There are so many insights to glean from The Night Diary Consistently friendless, Nisha meets a girl a few years younger than herself on the road to Jodhpur, but she s forbidden to interact with Hafa because the girl is Muslim Why should they be barred from contact because their families don t agree on religious tenets Is it fair that Nisha be denied her first real friend because society might object Life is awfully short and marred by pain to not have friendship you never know what you ll miss when a relationship is prevented from blossoming The Night Diary is splendid, worthy of the 2019 Newbery Honor it won, and I d probably rate it three and a half stars Veera Hiranandani s first serious work of historical fiction is a total victory, and I hope other young readers are nourished by it as I was

  9. Kari Kari says:

    This was just ok The diary format didn t work for me maybe if shorter entries written to her mother had been interspersed with the story I would have enjoyed itThe outstanding thing about this book was the setting and time period.

  10. Stella❤️ 孔凡星 Stella❤️ 孔凡星 says:

    3.5 Very impactful story I can t say I know much about the topic but it was nice to experience this piece of history from an eleven year old s perspective, who had a connection to both sides.

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10 thoughts on “The Night Diary

  1. Cristina Monica Cristina Monica says:

    There are two reasons that I can think of right now of why Historical Fiction novels are as valuable as History courses, if not .Because unless you re a university student who takes very specific History courses with the subjects that you really want to learn about, chances are your high school History professors will focus on European and American History That s from my Canadian perspective, anyways.The other reason is that while History courses usually cover a topic and make you learn all There are two reasons that I can think of right now of why Historical Fiction novels are as valuable as History courses, if not .Because unless you re a university student who takes very specific History courses with the subjects that you really want to learn about, chances are your high school History professors will focus on European and American History That s from my Canadian perspective, anyways.The other reason is that while History courses usually cover a topic and make you learn all the important facts and dates which, personally, I forget almost immediately after graduating the course professors frequently talk about historical events matter of factly and rarely make you FEEL what the population who, for instance, survived WWII FELT.And this comes from someone who used to avoid Historical Fiction Like any other genre, it can be boring if explored poorly or burdened with unnecessary description.I like books from almost any genre that make it possible for you to visualize scenes in your head and that leave an impression, not just a mental one but an emotional one, too I like books that are emotionally affective because, in twenty years, I will probably forget most of what happened in those books, but I will never forget how I felt reading them And isolating those feelings will lead me to remembering what triggered them in the first place.This book is one of those books that make you FEEL The writing is lyrical, the topic important, relevant, and especially realistic It s also written in diary entries and, as someone who cannot keep a diary for longer than two weeks, this novel format fascinates me.I not only thoroughly enjoyed myself while reading this book, but I also learned from it No one ever told me Pakistan and India were once the same country Either my History professors assumed that was common knowledge, even for a tween teen, or they didn t bother mentioning it because it didn t fit with their course outlines My point is, History courses do teach you a lot, but sometimes it s better to learn on your own, notably when you want to gain knowledge on a very specific subject and FEELthan absorb descriptions, and fictional stories can be a great way to do that The Night Diary is a great way to do that.Blog Youtube Twitter Instagram Google Bloglovin

  2. Hannah Greendale Hannah Greendale says:

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend The year is 1947 and India, now free of British rule, has been split into two countries India and Pakistan Because of the divide, tension has erupted between Hindus and Muslims Twelve year old Nisha and her family are Hindu, but her deceased mother was Muslim Nisha is uncertain where she belongs When Nisha and her family become refugees, forced to journey alongside thousands of others to a new home, Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend The year is 1947 and India, now free of British rule, has been split into two countries India and Pakistan Because of the divide, tension has erupted between Hindus and Muslims Twelve year old Nisha and her family are Hindu, but her deceased mother was Muslim Nisha is uncertain where she belongs When Nisha and her family become refugees, forced to journey alongside thousands of others to a new home, she charts her arduous trek via letters written every night in her journal beginning each one, Dear Mama I ve never had a diary before When Kazi gave it to me, he said it was time to start writing things down, and that I was the one to do it He said someone needs to make a record of the things that will happen because the grown ups will be too busy. The cultural significance of Nisha s story is not limited to her record of historical events While recording her thoughts, Nisha reveals to young readers the many ways in which her life differs from other children around the world Not all girls go to school, she explains, and everyone s varied religions Muslim, Hindu, or Sikh are evident by the clothes they wear or the names they haveOn Nisha s birthday, she receives the diary as a gift wrapped in brown paper, tied with a piece of dried grass In reflecting on the extravagant nature of this gift, the simplicity of her life is most evident I once read an English story where a little girl got a big pink cake and presents wrapped in shiny paper and bows for her birthday I thought about the little gifts Kazi gives us all the time a piece of candy under our pillows or a ripe tomato from the garden, sliced, salted, and sprinkled with chili pepper on a plate Cake and bows must be nice, but is anything better than a perfect tomatoFood is central to Nisha s story Hiranandani s descriptions of warm unleavened bread chapatti , spiced split pea and lentil soup dal , and potatoes and vegetables deep fried in a seasoned batter pakoras are liable to make anyone hungry For Nisha, cooking is a source of comfort the kitchen is a place where family comes together When her family has walked for days and faces death by starvation, a simple bowl of rice and lentils is a saving grace unseasoned food becomes the most wonderful thing she s ever tasted Comfort found in preparing and eating food sustains Nisha, but it cannot quell her confusion about what s happening around her In contemplating her country s upheaval and the way it has affected her family as well as everyone around her, Nisha explores weighty themes and, through questioning her situation, inadvertently makes powerful assertionsPapa says that when you separate people into groups, they start to believe that one group is better than another I think about Papa s medical books and how we all have the same blood, and organs, and bones inside us, no matter what religion we re supposed to be. So a Hindu family kills a Muslim family, who kills a Hindu family, who kills a Muslim family It would never end unless someone ended it But who was going to do thatI don t want to think about the answer, but my pencil needs to write it anyway If you were alive, would we have to leave you because you are Muslim Would they have drawn a line right through us, MamaThough Nisha s story is moving, the narrative is limited by the constraints of its epistolary format As a first person narrator, Nisha s voice is occasionally dull and the prose often lacks sparkle Making up for this are the moments when Nisha s longing for her mother saturates her letters, making for a sentimental read that will force some readers to reach for a box of tissues Sometimes I hear you talking to me You have a sweet, low voice Nisha, just onestep, you say And I take it You said to me when we were so thirsty, Pretend the air is water Drink it in I did, Mama, I wouldn t ever say this to anyone else but if we died, would that mean we could be with youViolent content bears mentioning, given the age group of the book s intended audience ages 8 to 12 At one point, Nisha is held captive with a knife at her throat Nisha encounters a man who says, Hindus killed my familySliced their throats as I watched And then I escaped, but I should have let them kill me, too. Also, Nisha witnesses several men fighting and describes violent images such as blood, a man with a slashed leg, a man with a gun, a man being stabbed in the chest, a man getting his throat slashed, and people dying The Night Diary is a moving story of a refugee girl s search for home, identity, and family in a divided country however, parents are well advised to be mindful of the book s content before handing it to young readers Special thanks to Dial Books for Young Readers for providing a free copy of The Night Diary in exchange for an honest review Note All quotes are provided from an uncorrected proof

  3. Rashika (is tired) Rashika (is tired) says:

    The book I FUCKING DESERVE Updating my review with the letter I wrote to my great grandma as part of the blog tour Dear Great Grandma,I am not the best at writing letters that are also going to be on display but you know, I am trying I recently read The Night Diary, which is currently the only book I am calling a favorite of this year and I ve read 86 books so far Reading it has made me incredibly pensive because the entire time I was reading it, I kept thinking that I was reading your and gr The book I FUCKING DESERVE Updating my review with the letter I wrote to my great grandma as part of the blog tour Dear Great Grandma,I am not the best at writing letters that are also going to be on display but you know, I am trying I recently read The Night Diary, which is currently the only book I am calling a favorite of this year and I ve read 86 books so far Reading it has made me incredibly pensive because the entire time I was reading it, I kept thinking that I was reading your and grandma s story too Sometimes its disheartening that something that impacted my family and 16 million other people so much isn t really talked about Everyone always talks about the liberation of India with pride or the end of a colonial rule but they always forget about the 14 million people who were displaced The 14 million people who had to pack up and leave their possessions, homes, friends and sometimes even family behind Nani has never talked to me about what happened The only stories that have been passed down to me have been through Mama who told me you told them to her when she was growing up and would spend summers at your farm Mama always tells me the story of how you grabbed your kids and your husband, packed a little tin full of gold and used it to pay people along the way as you crossed the border By the time you made it, you had nothing left No home, no income and no money to start a new life in a country that wasn t technically your home Mama says you were a pretty bad ass lady and I wish I could have gotten to meet you Maybe you re the ghost that I think is haunting me If so, feel free to say hi Sometimes I also wonder what life would have been like if the partition hadn t happened and you didn t have to flee your home but I wouldn t be here if that happened I think the thing I reflect the most on is how different my cultural identity would be if you never had to leave because of the horrible things happening at the time But you know, thats was out of your control and I am glad you made it mostly in one piece I know millions other didn t and my heart hurts for them too Anyway, it was nice talking to you even though you won t be reading this I hope you re as proud of me as I am of you Love,Rashika

  4. Reading_ Tam_ Ishly Reading_ Tam_ Ishly says:

    This book is so damn good My heart got cut open my tears could not stop till the last page.And I couldn t leave out a word Yes, it is that good.The writing style is mesmerizing, simple and full of emotions.The story has been fictionalized as is mentioned by the author at the end of the book based on the real life events that happened during the time of partition in 1947.It is so beautifully written that I became aware of my own life so many times while reading the lines feeling so grateful abo This book is so damn good My heart got cut open my tears could not stop till the last page.And I couldn t leave out a word Yes, it is that good.The writing style is mesmerizing, simple and full of emotions.The story has been fictionalized as is mentioned by the author at the end of the book based on the real life events that happened during the time of partition in 1947.It is so beautifully written that I became aware of my own life so many times while reading the lines feeling so grateful about being here being able to read this book with all the comforts of being alive.I broke down many a times had to stop myself from reading now and then in order to ease the pain I felt while reading the painful journey of survival faced by the family.I just cannot talk about the story and the characters without choking up So I am leaving out that part.This short book makes me feel grateful to acknowledge that if there s water we can drink anytime, a morsel of food we can enjoy anytime anywhere or do not have to run away to another country on foot during the night watching our whole family struggling to live, our lives are still blessed and yes, I feel there s nothing wrong in being grateful about small and big things in life It s hard to believe but such mundane things that we take for granted are still the most precious things for someone who s struggling somewhere in such a scenario Well even if the book is not written in any way to preach about what I have just written above, this is the kind of book that makes us feel about such things while reading it and makes us want to appreciate the things we take for granted.I feel the most important message that the book tried to convey is the importance of family and found family The characters are so well developed and the family dynamics is represented well Kudos to the author.Easily one of the best reads Such a small book but leaving such a huge impact And yes, that cover is so damn relevant

  5. destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries] destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries] says:

    Man this was so good The Night Diary is easily one of the best assigned readings I ve had in my entire grad degree program, and I m so glad it was in my curriculum because I m not sure how quickly I d have picked it up otherwise This story broke my heart over and over This little book really deserves a full review, but sadly, I didn t write it as soon as I finished reading it, and I don t feel like I can do it justice this many months after the fact and since it pained me a little too mu Man this was so good The Night Diary is easily one of the best assigned readings I ve had in my entire grad degree program, and I m so glad it was in my curriculum because I m not sure how quickly I d have picked it up otherwise This story broke my heart over and over This little book really deserves a full review, but sadly, I didn t write it as soon as I finished reading it, and I don t feel like I can do it justice this many months after the fact and since it pained me a little too much to commit to rereading it, I ll just say you should 100% check it out, look at some otherthorough, and preferably own voices reviews, and I absolutely recommend the audiobook if you can read it that way If you were alive, would we have to leave you because you are Muslim Would they have drawn a line right through us, Mama

  6. Jessica Jessica says:

    I want to hold this book to my heart and never let go What an absolutely gorgeous and heartbreaking work of art Her writing is transcendent I felt the wind, the dust, smelled the spices, felt the pencil in Nisha s hand And the story so vital So poignant Millions of people were and no doubt still are affected by this, and I am ashamed to say I had never heard of it until a few months ago And Nisha, our sweet narratorI love this precious girl She made me sad, and happy, and hungr I want to hold this book to my heart and never let go What an absolutely gorgeous and heartbreaking work of art Her writing is transcendent I felt the wind, the dust, smelled the spices, felt the pencil in Nisha s hand And the story so vital So poignant Millions of people were and no doubt still are affected by this, and I am ashamed to say I had never heard of it until a few months ago And Nisha, our sweet narratorI love this precious girl She made me sad, and happy, and hungry

  7. Donalyn Donalyn says:

    Beautiful and heartbreaking A treasure.

  8. Josiah Josiah says:

    Veera Hiranandani had a curious career trajectory leading up to The Night Diary She d written at least one easy reader as a licensed commission for Ian Falconer s hugely successful Olivia picture book series, as well as a modestly well received middle grade novel The Whole Story of Half a Girl, published 2012 , and the cuisine centric Phoebe G Green series of early chapter books The Night Diary was her first work of historical fiction, and earned Ms Hiranandani a 2019 Newbery Honor Never h Veera Hiranandani had a curious career trajectory leading up to The Night Diary She d written at least one easy reader as a licensed commission for Ian Falconer s hugely successful Olivia picture book series, as well as a modestly well received middle grade novel The Whole Story of Half a Girl, published 2012 , and the cuisine centric Phoebe G Green series of early chapter books The Night Diary was her first work of historical fiction, and earned Ms Hiranandani a 2019 Newbery Honor Never had the cultural strife of 1940s India been written about for kids with such clarity and emotional resonance Nisha and her twin brother Amil have just turned twelve the summer of 1947 They live in the city of Mirpur Khas, on a large estate reserved for the local doctor and his family Papa invests most of his time tending to patients, leaving Nisha and Amil to be supervised by their grandmother Dadi , but the family has access to almost anything material they want medical treatment is valued everywhere in the world, and Papa is one of the best Mama died in childbirth with Nisha and Amil, but for Nisha s twelfth birthday Papa gives her an ornate diary, and as she writes in it daily, she finds herself addressing the entries to her departed mother Did Mama love Nisha and Amil, though they caused her death How did she and Papa feel about each other, and does he resent his kids for the loss of his wife Nisha aches to meet her mother face to face and pose these questions, but when she writes each day s events in her diary, she feels a bit closer to Mama, as though they are indirectly touching souls The fact that Mama was Muslim and Papa a Hindu isn t a major factor in Nisha s life, but she ponders itoften as religious tension surrounds India s latest political drama The British, colonial rulers of India for centuries, are finally relinquishing control, and internal arguments are on the rise as to how the transition should go Densely populated by Hindus, Muslims, and Sikhs, India has had little trouble as a melting pot of diverse religions, but anger boils over as these factions grapple for the upper hand in this important world region Some politicians angle for peace at any cost, while others seize the opportunity to forward their own cultural interests Nisha is unnerved by the hard feelings crackling in the air like lightning before a storm Strangers knock at the door and argue with her father at all hours of the night Papa increasingly worries as the momentum of public opinion carries India closer to a permanent geographic and religious split Nisha adores Kazi, the family cook Nisha isn t supposed to assist him with his job, but she loves preparing food, and Kazi always has a twinkle in his eye when he lets her help Kazi is a devout Muslim, which has never bothered Nisha s family, but Papa cautions that if India divides into two countries, Kazi may no longer be allowed to live with them Why should Nisha lose a member of her family because strangers are opposed to Hindus and Muslims under the same roof On midnight of August 15, Partition officially takes effect, and Nisha s situation changes in a blur of action It grieves her that Kazi is required to stay behind and mind the house for whatever Muslim family moves in next, but the land Nisha s family lives on is no longer part of India, and they have to flee before violence overtakes them Papa, Dadi, Nisha, and Amil pack as few belongings as possible, prioritizing food and water, before hitting the long trail to Rashid Uncle s home about fifty miles away, halfway to India s new border Rashid Uncle is a mystery to Nisha did he object to Papa and Mama s marriage as most of her Muslim family did, willing to disown her rather than accept their interfaith relationship Is that why Nisha had no idea Rashid Uncle lived so close all these years Nervous thoughts buzz in Nisha s brain as she lugs her water, food, and precious few personal items on the migration toward India, but there arepressing issues than whether Rashid Uncle will accept them into his home Hordes of Hindus, Muslims, and Sikhs are crossing the land both directions, and the heavy press of hot bodies in the desert is affecting people s tempers Fresh water is hard to come by Nisha s throat burns like flame, her thoughts going wonky as her body screams for liquid, but Amil s condition is worse Even skinnier than she is, his body reacts badly to dehydration The danger that Amil and then the rest of the family will die before finding water is very real Are they going to forfeit their lives because of a land dispute Are they mere hours from reuniting with Mama and having answers to the deep questions of Nisha s heart From the lap of luxury to walking a trail of torment, Nisha s existence has morphed into a nightmare Bloodshed erupts between Mirpur Khas and Rashid Uncle s house as Hindus and Muslims murder each other in broad daylight Such hatred never manifested before Partition divided India and Pakistan, one country for Hindus and the other for Muslims, so why are the two groups suddenly unable to coexist Even at Rashid Uncle s house, assuming he doesn t turn Nisha s family away, they won t be able to stay long Hindus aren t welcome in Pakistan, so Nisha s family will have to hope nobody notices them until they refresh their supplies for the second half of their journey to the Indian city of Jodhpur Papa s medical skills will be prized anywhere he goes, so if they can make it to Jodhpur, Nisha s family can rebuild their prosperous life At this point she d settle for Papa, Dadi, and Amil just surviving, but there are many hardships to surmount before they re home free within India s borders Will Nisha ever recover from her bloody trek to a new homeland Potent and wise, The Night Diary explores a greater number of relevant issues than I can expound upon in this review Nisha and Amil are twins, but each inherited a unique set of traits from their parents Nisha physically resembles her father and loves to cook like him, but has difficulty expressing her emotions in words She can t speak at all in front of strangers, which is why her only real friend is Kazi, the cook Nisha feels pressure to make her few words matter, and that pressure keeps her silent even when she longs to voice the feelings filling her up inside How will she ever again feel safe speaking with others after the trauma of her travel to Jodhpur, where she witnesses horrors that most adults never see Amil is naturally less serious than Nisha, but Papa treats him harshly Whereas Papa pleads for Nisha to speak her mind, Amil is too candid for their father s liking The boy is a gifted artist but dislikes to read, claiming the words jump around on the page when he looks at them Papa thinks that s a pathetic excuse to avoid schoolwork, but Amil is just as happy ignoring the printed word and improving his art skills Amil is Papa s scapegoat when he and Nisha dabble in mischief Papa pretends Nisha had nothing to do with it, focusing his ire on Amil, who shrinks under the disapproval even if it s impossible to keep him contrite for long The migration to Jodhpur tests and reveals the emotional bonds between Nisha s family members as the growing likelihood of Amil s death forces Papa to face losing his son The richest moments of this book are the flickers of unspoken understanding when we see how Nisha s family truly feel about one another Life never feels perfect, no matter how good you have it Only in retrospect do we look back on particular times and see how comfortable we were, how well our needs were met even as we exaggerated small problems into big ones That s what Nisha realizes when her quiet, affluent life evaporates into poverty and despair Losing Kazi, losing the sentimental possessions they keep to remember Mama, and losing their material wealth are bitter pills to swallow, but history can be a pitiless crucible Sometimes the world as you know it just decides to become something else This is our destiny now, Papa says before the family evacuates Mirpur Khas When your world reshapes itself without warning, what option is there but to hope a kind of normality someday returns That s all Nisha has to moor her sanity to She can t figure out why Hindus, Muslims, and Sikhs are suddenly killing each other did redrawing India s border somehow addle their minds Papa has experienced enough of life to have an idea why the situation has deteriorated He says that when you separate people into groups, they start to believe that one group is better than another I think about Papa s medical books and how we all have the same blood, and organs, and bones inside us, no matter what religion we re supposed to be A diverse citizenry can usually live at peace unless they become conditioned to view out groups as targets for resentment When social, racial, religious, or political brokers whip their followers into a frenzy for tribal warfare, people adopt the notion that coexistence is an evil that must not be tolerated The social fabric rends irreparably, and civilization decays Be wary of stirring up acrimony against ideological out groups The Night Diary shows the tragedy that follows disintegration of respectful societal discourse Nisha will never be the same after what she saw en route to Jodhpur As she writes in her diary, I had never seen anyone kill before It has changed me I used to think people were mostly good, but now I wonder if anyone could be a murderer Who was the first one, Mama, the first to kill when they decided to break apart India War tears the mask off humanity, exposing our depraved nature we re so good at hiding Anyone is capable of evil, and that s a disturbing revelation for those who wish to believe humans can overcome our problems via good will and intentions May Nisha not be disheartened by this truth, but use it as a reminder to deliberately resist her own dark side as she spreads compassion to a world in need of youthful positivity It s the best way to turn the tragedies surrounding Partition into a better tomorrow for herself, her family, and India There are so many insights to glean from The Night Diary Consistently friendless, Nisha meets a girl a few years younger than herself on the road to Jodhpur, but she s forbidden to interact with Hafa because the girl is Muslim Why should they be barred from contact because their families don t agree on religious tenets Is it fair that Nisha be denied her first real friend because society might object Life is awfully short and marred by pain to not have friendship you never know what you ll miss when a relationship is prevented from blossoming The Night Diary is splendid, worthy of the 2019 Newbery Honor it won, and I d probably rate it three and a half stars Veera Hiranandani s first serious work of historical fiction is a total victory, and I hope other young readers are nourished by it as I was

  9. Kari Kari says:

    This was just ok The diary format didn t work for me maybe if shorter entries written to her mother had been interspersed with the story I would have enjoyed itThe outstanding thing about this book was the setting and time period.

  10. Stella❤️ 孔凡星 Stella❤️ 孔凡星 says:

    3.5 Very impactful story I can t say I know much about the topic but it was nice to experience this piece of history from an eleven year old s perspective, who had a connection to both sides.

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