Train to Pakistan


Khushwant Singh

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In Muslim faith, a houri is a beautiful young virgin who will serve as a reward for just and faithful men in Paradise, or Heaven.

Houri Quotes in Train to Pakistan

The Train to Pakistan quotes below are all either spoken by Houri or refer to Houri. For each quote, you can also see the other terms 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

“The mem-sahibs are like houris from paradise—white and soft, like silk. All we have here are black buffaloes.”

Related Characters: Juggut Singh / Jugga (speaker), Iqbal Singh, Lala Ram Lal, Malli
Page Number: 107
Explanation and Analysis:
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Houri Term Timeline in Train to Pakistan

The timeline below shows where the term Houri appears in Train to Pakistan. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
2. Kalyug
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...he has been with many. His response excites Jugga, who describes white European women as “houris from paradise” and Indian women as “black buffaloes.” (full context)