Contents: 1. The dozing town. 2. My village, my people. 3. The source. 4. The Miyans. 5. Warp and weft. 6. Salt. 7. The tale. 8. Thirst. 9. Introduction. 10. Loneliness. 11. New and old lines. Glossary.
"Rahi Masoom Reza’s honest and controversial novel unfolds during the latter years of the Raj and the first decade of Independence and portrays the rival halves of a zamindar family, their loves, fights and litigations. It attacks the creation of Pakistan and explores the abolition of the zamindari system and its impact at the village level. A semi-autobiographical work set in the author’s village of Gangauli, in Ghazipur district on the fringes of Avadh, A Village Divided, previously published as The Feuding Families of Village Ganguli, is full of passion and vibrancy, a powerful record of the meeting of Muslim and Hindu cultural traditions that bound Indian society together."