It’s the winter of 1946. A truck leaves the village of Campbellpur after news of the impending Partition starts pouring in. The crew comprises a dhaba owner, a kothewali, a Rai Bahadur and his family, a young widow and her child. On the way, they pick a young boy and his grandfather, and two sisters all displaced by a destiny they did not choose.
They are aware of some words like border and refugee, but are struggling to understand how drawing a line might carve out Pakistan from Hindustan.
The passage to the border, fraught with danger and despair as it is, is not an end. Gulzar s first novel tracks the lives of these people up to the anti-Sikh riots of 1984 and the Kargil War in the 1990s.
Written in his inimitable riveting style, and drawing from his personal memories of the Partition TWO discusses the refugees have kept travelling physically and metaphorically in search of roots, in search of a place called home.