Mukand and Riaz
Nina Sabnani
Nina Sabnani
age group: 
7+ yrs
Number of pages: 
value education partition friendship
picture book, historical fiction


Set in the days of turmoil, leading to the partition of the country, Mukand and Riaz is based on a true story of a friendship between two children.

The boys are inseparable and share many experiences together, such as eating their favourite foods, riding bicycles and visiting each others' places of worship. However, one thing that Mukand is very possessive about is his red cap.

As the political situation becomes ugly, violence mars the city. Riaz’s family offers a safe haven to Mukand’s family and helps them escape on a ship to India.

As the ship leaves the shore, Mukand throws his beloved cap to his friend as a gesture of an everlasting bond of friendship and love.

The illustrations are exceptionally good and reminds one of the popular appliqué era. The rich texture of fabric is highly appealing. The embroidery is suggestive of the underlying threads of love and friendship that bind us all.

A sensitive handling of a dark period of angst and anger in the history of India.

The book has won the Certificate of Merit from the Tokyo Broadcasting System in Japan.

This book is also available in Hindi, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu and Bangla

Reviewed by Razia Mitha


I like this book because it is about two children of different religions called Mukhand who is Hindu and Riaz who is a Muslim.

The book is based on partition between India and Pakistan. They used to live in Pakistan.

I also like this book because when the partition happened Riaz helped Mukhand by dressing him up as a Muslim and helps him escape.

Vivaan Tasker
Grade 3
MET Rishikul Vidyalaya

I enjoyed reading it. A very interesting and effective book! A must for all children from 7 years plus.

This is a real story! Mukand is author’s father!!
This book got me thinking..... Can we, the next generation, change our mindset and avoid such things in the future?

Asmi Kawatkar
Std 4C
Arya Vidya Mandir

Bandra (W)