Train to Pakistan

by

Khushwant Singh

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A Muslim girl between the ages of sixteen and eighteen who works as a prostitute and who becomes Hukum Chand’s concubine. Her grandmother acts as her procurer. She wears a black, sequined sari and identifies herself as a singer and dancer, disregarding Chand’s belief that she is a prostitute. Chand chooses her because of her look of innocence. She is from the village of Chundunnugger, whose Muslim villagers were told by the subinspector, also called “Inspector Sahib,” that they were allowed to stay. She is around the same age that Chand’s daughter would have been had she lived. Chand falls in love with her and later regrets letting her return to her village, which he finds out has sent all of its Muslims away. He also knows that she is on the train where the intended massacre will take place.

Haseena Quotes in Train to Pakistan

The Train to Pakistan quotes below are all either spoken by Haseena or refer to Haseena . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Grove Press edition of Train to Pakistan published in 1956.
2. Kalyug Quotes

It all came from his belief that the only absolute truth was death. The rest—love, ambition, pride, values of all kinds—was to be taken with a pinch of salt. He did so with a clear conscience. Although he accepted gifts and obliged friends when they got into trouble, he was not corrupt. He occasionally joined in parties, arranged for singing and dancing—and sometimes sex—but he was not immoral. What did it really matter in the end? That was the core of Hukum Chand’s philosophy of life, and he lived well.

Related Characters: Hukum Chand, Haseena
Page Number: 87
Explanation and Analysis:
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Haseena Character Timeline in Train to Pakistan

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1. Dacoity
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...to bring him whisky. When he walks out, everyone but the girl, whose name is Haseena, greets him excitedly; she stares at him. Her large eyes are “lined with antimony and... (full context)
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Hukum Chand compliments Haseena’s singing and encourages her to drink a bit of whisky. The old woman tells him... (full context)
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Hukum Chand indulges Haseena, but he is not interested in how she feels; he paid for her. They hear... (full context)
2. Kalyug
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...light the verandah. The same musicians from before, as well as the old woman and Haseena, step out of the car. Hukum Chand orders his servant to tell the driver to... (full context)
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...a thousand charred corpses. He has a headache from drinking too much whisky. He sees Haseena, who is “asleep on the big cane armchair, wrapped in her black sequined sari.” The... (full context)
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The tinkling of the tea china and the silver do not disturb Haseena, who continues to sleep soundly. Hukum Chand cannot understand his feelings toward her. He would... (full context)
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...primary concern is to save Muslim lives. He shouts for his servant to bring breakfast. Haseena sits on the edge of the bed, stands, then sits on the bed again with... (full context)
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Hukum Chand asks Haseena how long she has been in her profession, which she thinks is a silly question... (full context)
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Hukum Chand asks Haseena how she manages to stay in Chundunnugger, given that he heard that Muslims had been... (full context)
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Hukum Chand asks how the hijras were spared. Haseena animatedly tells him the story of how a child was born to a Muslim living... (full context)
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Hukum Chand enjoys the story but says that Haseena should be careful. She says that she is not frightened, knowing that Chand can protect... (full context)
4. Karma
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Hukum Chand begins to think about Haseena and asks himself why he allowed her to go back to Chundunnugger. If she were... (full context)