In August 1947, the British colony of India was divided into the separate independent countries of India and Pakistan. Seen through the eyes of three young narrators, A Moment Comes
tells a story about the tensions of the days just before the partition. Margaret's father, a cartographer, is dispatched from England to India in order to help Lord Mountbatten draw the boundary lines for the forthcoming countries. He hires Tariq as an aide, and Anupreet as a domestic assistant to his wife and daughter, Margaret. Spoiled Margaret is by turns bored with and fascinated by India. Bright young Tariq, Muslim and son of a jeweler, dreams of studying in England. Lovely, shy Anupreet worries about the scar on her face, her family, and other Sikhs during this time of turmoil. These three narrators Anupreet, Margaret, and Tariq are very different, yet they are also united...
Beyond the Book
Sikhism is a monotheistic religion prevalent in the Punjab region of India and Pakistan where A Moment Comes
takes place. One of the main characters in the book, Anupreet, is a Sikh.
Sikhism was founded in the 16th century by Guru Nanak. Nanak's family were Hindus, but he studied both Hinduism and Islam. This deep study, as well as Nanak's innovative thinking and talents at poetry and philosophy, were the foundations of Sikhism. Three of his most radical beliefs were that there is only one God, that every person should and could have direct access that God, and that the caste system was wrong, that...