1. Theme – A Story of Two Brothers
Set in the era of the great divide of two nations, this is a story encompassing the lives of two brothers
whose destiny had taken a different course from the contented life they once had. From the refugee
camps to the tumultuous struggle they ensued, the story narrates how a person moulds his reality from
rags, and how the other lynches into the shackles of urban poverty.
Soiled floors, anxiously stirred souls, nervous air, and confusion. As this delirious boy made his way
through a swarm of people, peeping as far as he could, scanning for familiar face, all efforts seemed
futile. The refugee camp seemed to quiver from providing any sort of refuge. The enigma of what
had happened was unfathomable for this little lad. The India- Pakistan divide had scarred the
innocent lives of millions, one of which was him. Happy families broken, brotherhood was
precariously held with feeble strings, unaware of which Manpreet merely of 14 years, sat quietly in
a corner, nibbling on the stale bread, all that the nonchalant camp could provide! Suddenly his eyes
twinkled. "Maa!, Bhai!", he shrieked with all his might and ran with great alacrity like he'd found the
elixir he ever wanted. He embraced his mother at once, who once was a renowned Thakurain of the
huge bungalow at Lahore, wife of a sagacious Thakur, whose jurisdiction was considered the decree
from the Gods- now a listless widow, still overcoming from the impalpable sorrow. Hugging and
kissing both his beloved, he wiped off his tears.
The clock seemed to tick slower each day in the horrendous living conditions in the camp. Despite
government's efforts to provide basic amenities and shelter to the homeless, the number of takers
outnumbered the resources. The fear of the unknown enveloped them, for what seemed like
forever. They were unsure of their fate. After a month of struggle, a band of government officials
arrived out of the hustle,...