In Search of Heer

In Search of Heer

In the village of Takht Hazara, the musically gifted Deedho Ranjha struggles against family and society. He rejects the pursuit of wealth and power as the measure of a man’s worth. In distant Jhang, the spirited Heer Syal is an accomplished warrior who fearlessly challenges the norms of her community. Heer and Ranjha are destined to meet and fall in love—the former chastised for her ‘manly’ pursuits and the latter ridiculed for his lack thereof.

Told from multiple perspectives, set against the lush riverbanks and rugged countryside of West Punjab, this is a wise, passionate and lyrical retelling of one of the subcontinent’s most beloved epics. A rich cast of characters—Kaido Langra, Jhang’s seemingly pious conscience-keeper; Malki, the mother of a daughter she cannot understand; Seida Khera, Heer’s hapless fiancé; a silent, watchful crow; a flock of excitable pigeons who bear witness and a philosophical goat—all play their part in bringing this stirring story to life.

Manjul Bajaj scratches away at the many meanings of love in the timeless tale of Heer–Ranjha, who dreamt not only of love for themselves but of a kinder, freer and fairer world for all of creation.

Title:In Search of Heer
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9789388689779
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    In Search of Heer Reviews

  • Smriti

    We’ve all heard of the love stories of old. We’ve heard of the story of Romeo and Juliet, of course and somewhere I had heard of the story of Heer and Ranjha - but never really fully dwelled into ...

  • Padmaja (thebookishtales)

    "That we lovers come, we love briefly and die, only our tragedies remain for people to gather around the fireside and weep over so that they can mourn the parts of themselves they have allowed to be k...

  • Anupama C K(b0rn_2_read)

    Reading books from the #jcblonglist has been my tradition from the last 2 years. In 2018 coincidentally the ones I had read where chosen for the shortlist and 2019 I read the whole of the longlist. . ...

  • Megha

    A tale as old as time, Heer Ranjha is a tragic romance story. Two lovers who could not live together chose to die together. This isn't a spoiler for this book. It is what happens in the popular versio...

  • Hansda Shekhar

    “In Search of Heer” is longer than both of Manjul Bajaj’s previous two books for adult readers - “Come, Before Evening Falls” and “Another Man’s Wife” - and more ambitious. Both of Baj...

  • Tejaswini

    While reading some books a wierd feeling enters your heart, pins at a corner not to part ways although it is equally enamouring & unputdownable. Because we relish it's intrudence into our pauses of ou...

  • Chitra Ahanthem

    Manjul Bajaj’s re-imagination of  the Heer Ranjha story is lush inits lyrical beauty, deeply philosophical in it’s questioning of love and society’s restraints, almost spiritual in its quest of...

  • Sudeepta Pradhan (booksteaandmore)

    "That we lovers come, we love briefly and die, only our tragedies remain for people to gather around the fireside and weep over so that they can mourn the parts of themselves they have allowed to be k...

  • Devangana

    Spoiler Alert Book review ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️In search of Heer by Manjul Bajaj. Set in 16th century Punjab, undivided India, it’s a progressive, modern retelling of the timeless tragic love sto...

  • Akshat Jha

    This book is a poetic and dreamy retelling of the Heer Ranjha tale we might have heard at some point in our lives. One of the ways that a work of art teaches us is by mirroring us to show who we are a...