I have recently read Osthir Prantor, a collection of short stories by Saadat Hasan Manto, translated in Assamese by various writers. The book has been edited by Imran Hussain. Manto writes mainly about Partition and different aspects of that period. The most striking characteristic of this author is that he looks at the whole scenario of Partition as a writer and not as a Muslim. His stories compel the reader to think. I find them very moving.
One of the books that I am really looking forward to reading in 2012 is Amitav Ghosh’s River of Smoke.