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4.19  ·  Rating details ·  272 ratings  ·  61 reviews
It's the winter of 1946. A truck leaves the village of Campbellpur after news of the impending Partition pours in. It is carrying people who don't know where they will go. They have just heard words like 'border' and 'refugee', and are struggling to understand how drawing a line might carve out Pakistan from Hindustan. As they reach the border, the caravan disperses and pe ...more
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Yamna Rashid
O my heavy, heavy heart

“Death you are a poem
And I've been promised by a poem, that it shall meet me”
― Gulzar


This is the first time I wish I had the chance to read the original manuscript instead of the English translated version. Gulzar specifically mentions in the foreword that he is not entirely satisfied with the translated version and I get why he would say that. There are certain words that get lost in translation and the final text doesn’t have the elegance of its original counterpart
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Vikalp Trivedi
In the foreword of book Pavan K. Verma imposes some questions like- Why should number of pages determine impact and expressiveness of a literary work? Who decides how long a work should be? But more important question I found amongst these questions was that- When should a story end? Should it end when the reader is yearning it to continue or should it last till the reader begins to wonder it will end?

When I started reading the novel. I came across a very simple answer to these questions and th
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Rajat TWIT
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the most poignant tales written recently on the partition, Do Log is not the only attempt by Gulzar Saheb to revisit the horrors of partition. His award winning short story 'Raavi Paar' has the power to move the hearts of the most tough people. And that is the sad story of partition which was the darkest and perhaps most crucial time of Indian sub-continent in last few centuries. A time which was sorry state for millions of Indians and life turning for many, the era of partition has loads ...more
Tanya Bansal
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gulzar sahab puts one in a poetic and melancholic mood.
The text flows lyrically despite being a translation from Urdu. The book left me with a heavy heart and the news about the Attack at Pulwama added to the dreariness.

Two is a story set in the most tumultuous time in Indian history, the partition. Indian history is unique in the way that while the freedom struggle was entirely non-violent, its aftermath was a tragic bloodbath. What horrifies me is that blood has often been shed in the name of
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Varun Mehta
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
गुलज़ार साहब के काम के बारे में कुछ लिखना मतलब सूरज को चिराग दिखाना, आपके पास वह शबद ही नहीं होंगे जो उनके काम की वयाखया कर सके। गुलजार साहब शबदों से वही जादू करते है जो एक कुमहार मिटटी से करता है या सुनार धातु से
मैं कषमापारथी हूँ उनकी किताब पर कुछ लिखने के लिए......
दो लोग - किताब के मुखपृषठ पर गुलज़ार साहब का नाम बहुत था इसे पढ़ने के लिए

हम एक थे
एक अलग हो गया
अब हम दो लोग है
यह तीन पंकतिया बहुत है किताब में छिपे मरम को समझने के लिए,
दरद को ऐसे लिखना की सामने वाला भी उसे महसूस कर सके, यह सिरफ गुलज़
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Gautam Chintamani
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What can one say anything about Gulzar sahab that hasn't been said earlier.... This is the first time that he explores the novel format and the poignant tale that he weaves soaks you in right from the word go. His lyrics have often explored the endless yearning of the displaced to find a home, to settle down somewhere somehow such as the couplet in 'Machis' - Ek chhota lamha hai jo khtm nahin hota,
Main laakh jalaata hun, wo bhasm nahin' or the song 'Ek Akela Iss Shahar Mein’ from 'Gharonda' - "D
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Himanshu Pandey
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Do Log is another masterpiece from the pen of The Gulzar Sahab, this time in the form of novel.

Story of Do Log is based on the migration of people during the partition of India - which is the largest migration of people from one place to another in the history of mankind. The main characters of the novel hail from Campbellpur (now known as Attock since 1978) now in Pakistan. Campbellpur is a town where people from all the religion (mainly Hindu, Muslim and Sikh) live in harmony with each other.

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Shishir Chaudhary
Dec 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gulzar is a good storyteller, there is no doubt about it. In his first ever novel, his talent is present in its full glory, even more effective because Gulzar deals with a topic which has featured consistently in all his work - conflict - political, geographical and personal. He tells the story of a bunch of inhabitants of a village called Cambalpore who are impacted by the partition of India in 1947, and who come together in a truck with the only objective of escaping (Watch out for how brillia ...more
Aditya Lotia
There are 2 types of melancholy books - one which makes you want to scream into the pillow and another which makes you want to turn to the world and scream at them till your voice goes and you want to ask questions to the world - "Why?", "What did you possibly gain?" and "Are you happy now?". And then you realize you are part of this world, you are part of the problem. This book is the latter type.

I have come back to Hindi books after a long time and regret not reading more Hindi literature befo
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Roshan Singh
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gulzar's debut novel is a heartrending tale of a group of people who become refugees in their own country overnight. The book is poignant and takes you through the partition, makes you relieve the 1984 anti-sikh riots and the Kargil war and brings you to the present day where you realise nothing much has changed. The hate and differences among people which chopped the limbs of this country returns time and again to spill more blood from an already dilapidated body.
Aishwarya Rathor
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
What an incredible book!
Gulzar is my most loved poet and his take on writing a novel is great.
I read both the hindi/urdu and english version of the book.
The story is about 1947 partition, about people,their emotions,their selflessness. The emotions people had about leaving their home, their land is well described. The use of urdu is Phenominal.
The stories are sensitive and describing pain of those people.
I really dont have words to describe this book. I am just speechless.
Ahmad  Awan
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Things i didn't know about my own country's history ... A well written book .. Gulzar made me feel was making Pakistan a good choice ? But, later in same book he made me realise yes it was .. I feel sorry for Sikhs. I wish they had a separate country like bengals muslims and hindus ...
Harshit Gupta
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone. Read Hindi or English, whatever you prefer.
कुछ लोग जिस तरफ़ निकलते हैं, वहीं कुछ नए से रासते बना लेते हैं। गुलज़ार साहब शायद हमेशा से ही उन लोगों में रहे हैं।

जब 'दो लोग' की भूमिका पढ़ रहा था तो सोच रहा था कि अगर शबदों की गिनती से नॉवेल और नॉवेला का अंतर नहीं होता तो फिर किस चीज़ से होता है। लेकिन पढ़ते-पढ़ते समझ आया कि जिस तरह 'दो लोग' में परतें खुलती हैं, किसी नॉवेला में तो खुलती नहीं देखीं। ये नॉवेल ही है।

जिस चीज़ पे ये नॉवेल लिखी हुई है, वो गुलज़ार साहब के बड़े क़रीब की चीज़ है। और शबदों के मामले में उनसे बड़ा कोई जादूगर मुझे पिछली कुछ सदियों म
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Ashok Krishna
Expectations are the bane of mankind. From hermits that expect to attain salvation through penances to lesser mortals trying to reap the benefits of hard work, we are all driven by expectations of one kind or the other. No wonder then that we readers have our own expectations too – to see every book that we read leave upon us a lasting impression or a meaningful lesson. Especially if the book happens to be from our favorite authors or on our favorite topics, our expectations soar high. But, like ...more
Sumallya Mukhopadhyay
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favourite
Two, Gulzar
“These wars were not new to him. Nor were the soldiers. They were like schoolboys, scaring each other, wearing borrowed masks. One throws a brick, the other hurls a stone. They keep sharpening their nails to lunge at each other.
‘Fifty years…in fact, more. God knows when they will grow up,’ he muttered.”
The Kargil War has disturbed the valley. So, Fauji keeps walking. Nowadays he does not need his truck to steer his way out of places. I doubt if he still remembers his truck. His truck
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Arpan Chakrabarti
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Veteran lyricist Gulzar has come out with his debut novel in English, which examines the status of refugees after Partition.

“I am still not at ease with this,” says Gulzar in the introduction to his first novel, Two. He is anxious about the numerous versions the original Urdu version of his text went through, worked upon by two other translators before finally coming under his own pen.

Yet, there is something more to Gulzar’s unease than the imperfection of metamorphosing one language into anothe
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Rakhi Jayashankar
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
It has not been long since I reviewed a book on the massacre of Sikhs in 1984. The oxymoron of unity in diversity has blown on my face for the second time in a week when I read 'Two' by Gulzar which is based on the partition. Independence is another word which sounded oxymoron this time when used along with partition. How does a country become independent when the citizens are forced to leave their abode unwillingly because the authorities had to succumb to the unrealistic demands of some intere ...more
Kumar
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I don't think I can ever understand why Gulzar has so much a love for Pavan K Varma as to not only give him rights to translate his poems but also write the introduction to his debut novel. Everything Varma has to say in the defense of novella has been said many times before, and nobody today thinks of novella as a lesser form.
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Mujhe wagah pe toba tek singh wala bishan aksar yehi keh ke bolata hai
upar di gur gur di moong daal di laltein di hindustan te pakistan di durr phitey munh.
(this is NO
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Prerna Mishra
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
A tale of partition

“This arrogant, conceited history strides ahead with her head in the clouds and never looks down. She does not realise how she crushes millions of people beneath her.”

Two is a story set in the most tumultuous time in Indian history, the partition. The story begins in Campbellpur, modern day Attock in Pakistan just before the independence of India from the British and the partition of India into India and Pakistan. Indian history is unique in the way that while the freedom stru
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Tushar Bharati
2.5/5

“Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.” - Alexander Pope

Like most here, I too am a fan of Gulzar’s poems. And like most, I picked up the book expecting Gulzar’s eloquence and rhythm and rhyme that characterizes his earlier, more-popular work. For me, Gulzar has always been someone who wrote like he we were writing directly to me, for me. And while he wrote for me, his way and words lent an aesthetic value to my most mundane emotions in a manner that I could
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Keith Richards
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gulzar has done it again. At an age when most writers and poets of his time are just rambling nonsense, he has proved that he will always be not only legendary but also loved, relevant and extremely dynamic.

'Two', his first novel, would bring back the tragic and turbulent memories of the regrettable travesty known as the 'Partition'. All my joy at knowing about the freedom of my country was diminished when the truth of this terrible dissolution of people, life and humanity struck me at a tender
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Ashima Jain
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A translation of his own novella, originally written in Urdu, Two marks Gulzar's debut as an English Novelist.

It follows a group of people as they begin their journey from Attock (then Campbellpur) towards the border, in the winter of 1946, when the madness has only just begun to find its way out into the streets. Moving from one village go another, they tread with fear in each step, taking roads less traveled in an attempt to avoid the horrors that lie in their path. Their only goal is getting
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Ranya Rathode
Aug 16, 2018 rated it liked it
So, this is actually a Urdu one which had been translated by Gulzar while keeping in tact some of the lines which his friends did write in an attempt of translating the book. However, it’s a regret of mine that I cannot speak of understand Urdu but I hope I’ll one day learn it and then I shall come back to this book by Gulzar and read it. I never wanted to read a translated work Coz I feared that there’s no point in reading one as the quality of it is lost. Especially the rhyming quality of the ...more
Aditi Mukherjee
I chose to read Do log in Hindi so not to miss on the essence of Gulzar saab's writing. Needless to say that like his poetry, his prose is as lyrical as it is introspective.

The story is simple, of people and their physical and emotional suffering during the 1947 partition, still reconciliating, still finding ground after several decades of the creation of the two nations. The story is an emotional tale of the state of mind of the people during those times - their inability to comprehend why ind
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Onima Thakur
Feb 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Two was an experiment for me. I wanted to see whether I can enjoy Gulzar's proses just as much as I enjoy his poetry. This book was written in Urdu originally, translated to English. I have to say this, this book isn't meant for translation. Gulzar's words aren't designed for translations. What one language captures in its arms in terms of emotions felt and wounds inherited, Urdu in this case, the other can't.

It is a story heard and read many times, of the bloodied history of the partition, the
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Ved Prakash
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
विभाजन का दरद समेटे हुए है ये नॉवेल। विभाजन/आज़ादी के ठीक पहले यानि सन 46 से नॉवेल की शुरुआत होती है और कारगिल युदध तक के समय को कवर करती है।

विभाजन के समय पाकिसतान (जो की तब बना भी नहीं था, बस नकशे पर उकेरा जा रहा था) के एक शहर से कुछ परिवार को लेकर एक टरक बॉरडर (तब बॉरडर भी कोई नहीं जानता था, बस ये नाम लोगों की जुबान पर आना शुरू हुआ था )पार करने को निकलता है। रासते में कुछ और लोग भी शामिल होते हैं।

इनहीं लोगों की मनःसथिति, देश छोड़ने का दुःख, भविषय में वापस लौटने की कषीण आशा और जीवित बॉरडर पार कर
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dunkdaft
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You don't have to search for words whenever reviewing his works. No matter whatever you use, it will fall short. This book is yet another such example. This time he is more cruel, to your heart. That the story he tells, shakes you from inside every now and then. With short yet sharp sentences, the book is a unique experiment of touch-n-go storytelling. It doesn't go overboard in detailing everything around. Yet every character touches you, every occurance shakes you.

While I am writing this, some
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Hem Chudasama
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is a short and crisp novella. Yet it manages to capture the right essence of the story that’s being told. In Gulzar saab’s own words, “The length is immaterial; It is what I needed to tell in the story…”

Like so many books/stories of Hindustan-Pakistan partition, it is another story of the partition of India. Yet, this book is different and special from the rest. It is Gulzar’s voice. He speaks about partition, the people displaced, and their struggles to understand how a mere carving o
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Chintan Dave
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Just finished this novel by Gulzar. Gulzar has proved his metal in writing and has elevated to the most prolific writer and lyricist in India. This novel is his first novel and it has covered many subjects like partition, creation of Bangladesh and Sikh riots. One has to read this novel with sheer feeling of despair. Partition of India has always been an painful subject to read.
This novel has many characters and the writing is coherent and it is matched by beautifully written stories, which tran
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Bhumika Shah
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simple yet splendid one.
Do Log- hum ek the. Ek alag ho gaya. Ab hum do Log hain.
This novel talks about India Pakistan partition. With lot many characters and stories woven together it sharply talks about pain and misery of people who had to leave their motherland and re root to new land-country.
Unbiased, perfect and superb one.
Must read.
Gulzar sir had wrote such a sensitive tale that it makes place inside hearts of all readers!
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