If history had not taken the course it took in August 1947, if the Muslims had not resorted to Direct Action in Bombay and Bengal in 1946, if Master Tara Singh had not carried out his dreadful promise of a massacre of Muslims in the event of partition, and if the trains carrying Hindu and Sikh refugees from what was to be Pakistan had not been attacked, Habib Manzil could have been the home where I would have spent my childhood. Standing across the road from Habib Manzil, I almost saw myself looking down from the ornate windows watching the world go by in the street below.
Silence was their way of keeping the enormous grief and sense of loss at bay; that was their way of struggling to forget an abiding memory that refused to be forgotten.
- Salman Rashid
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