Train to Pakistan


Khushwant Singh

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A term meaning “sir” or “master.” It was commonly used in colonial India when natives addressed a European or someone with an official or higher-class status.
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Sahib Term Timeline in Train to Pakistan

The timeline below shows where the term Sahib appears in Train to Pakistan. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
2. Kalyug
Postcolonial Anxiety and National Identity Theme Icon
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...not want to know more, but Jugga asks him if he has slept with many mem-sahibs. Iqbal is irritated by the question as well as with what he perceives as an... (full context)
Postcolonial Anxiety and National Identity Theme Icon
Juggut changes the conversation back to Iqbal teaching him English. Iqbal says that, since the sahibs have left, it is more important for Jugga to learn his own language. Jugga is... (full context)
4. Karma
Postcolonial Anxiety and National Identity Theme Icon
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...Prem Singh, who goes to buy his wife jewelry in Lahore and spends time with sahibs who flirt with each other’s wives. (full context)