The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandini, is a series of letters written by Nisha to her deceased mother. Nisha is 12 years old and this novel is her view of the tumultuous period when India got independence. The country was split into a new India for the Hindus and Pakistan for the Muslims. Millions of people migrated across the border and were killed in the riots. Nisha and her family had to leave Mirpur Khas and embark on a dangerous journey to the new India.
This book is similar in format to the Diary of Anne Frank. We learn how the partition of India affected Nisha and her family. After reading this book, I understood that the dark periods in world history leave an unforgettable mark on children who live through it. They lose their childhood and are scarred for the rest of their lives.
This book is a must read if you love learning about history and culture of other countries. I was surprised that this book was in middle-grade fiction because adults can enjoy it as well. I give this book a 5 out of 5 rating for its fluidity and candidness about the worst period in Indian history.