It may seem like a hackneyed assertion, but the truth remains that the more stories we read by Sadat Hasan Manto, the more he comes across as the most relevant writer in the context of the depicting the aftermath of India’s Partition. His works showcase a poignant portrait of the incidents and events that took place in 1947.
Here is one of his most popular and heart wrenching of partition stories – Gurmukh Singh ki Wasiyat (The Will of Gurmukh Singh). This story was also part of a series of partition stories that was shown on PTV (Pakistan TV) in 2007, created by an independent production house, Beyond Borders.
The story can be viewed at the link below, with English subtitles:
A Synopsis of story is given here: In the wake of Partition Muslims – with the exception of Sheikh Sahib – are leaving a largely Sikh village. Sheikh Sahib is confident that as long as his friend Gurmukh Singh, a revered elder of the neighborhood, is there no harm can come to him or his family. On the night of Eid, Gurmukh Singh passes away leaving instructions that sweets should be delivered to Sheikh Sahib’s house as had been the tradition for decades. His wish is carried out in the morning but in an unexpected way.