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By Harry Skakel

Book Summary

Have you ever lied to someone to not hurt them, but you desire to tell them because of the gilt on your shoulders? In the aftermath of WWII India is in chaos. The English have left and have given control of India to its own people. But the country turned towards racism. Muslims attacking Hindus for not being Muslim, Hindus vise versa. Bilal , just in his teens is stuck in the middle of this, being raised by a dying father and a flaky brother. His father has cancer and is slowly dying. Bilal takes it upon himself to make sure his father remembered India as it was; peaceful and prospering. The Beatiful Lie is written by Irfan Master, a British/Indian who lives in London.

Bilal has taken on a challenge few men have accepted, much less boy. Bilal has to go through every precaution to make sure his father does not find out about India. Bilal is even so brave to include his friends in his project. Bilal represents faithfulness.


Bilal is a boy tormented by what he is doing, until he is released by his tormentor. Bilal’s town is is a wreck. Muslim gangs patrol the streets slaughtering Hindus. When the Muslims attempt to kill Bilal, by setting his house on fire his brother Bhai saves him. His father dies before the house is set on fire. His father completely loved him as he said it “You are my India.” Bilal is released of his burden and he moves into his aunts house. He never sees his brother again. 60 years later he receives a letter from his fathers doctors great grandson. The letter is signed by his father. It says that Bilal’s father knew what Bilal was doing and was not sad, rather happy that his son was so thoughtful.

Character traits

Braver Than the Lion

Bilal, perhaps the most brave the thoughtful person that I have ever read about. Bilal shows thoughtfulness straight down to his soul, he would never intentionally hurt someone without reason. He puts a secret on his shoulders that could tear a man's world apart. He knows what to do, The impossible task of not telling his father the truth. The awful truth of how India is. “It was at that precise moment that I knew exactly what to do. I decided that no matter what happened or what people said, I would make sure that my bapuji would never know what was happening in the outside world. It didn’t matter that people were preparing for the worst and that India was on the verge of something big, a monsoon the likes of which they’d never seen, that, once cleared, would change everything. I an oath that bapuji would not die knowing the truth of what was to come. As you can see Bilal is amazingly thoughtful as he swears to protect his father from seeing the devastation of India.

Spotlight on History

Leadership Without Support

  1. British control was abolished since years of control.

“My stomach started to growl as I passed the fry cooks who provided food for the army regulars, and the Britishers” PG 6


2. Muslim/ Hindu Gang Fights, Muslims and Hindus were fighting on the days until Partition.

“With you? Nothing. I want nothing with you or from you, little rat. What I want to do is to remove you from the face of this earth, you Muslim scum.” PG 258


2. Muslim/ Hindu Gang Fights, Muslims and Hindus were fighting on the days until Partition.

“With you? Nothing. I want nothing with you or from you, little rat. What I want to do is to remove you from the face of this earth, you Muslim scum.” PG 258

Storys Place In Time



1. Vietnam war
Starting in November 1, 1955 the Vietnam war was a disaster. The US did not succeed to keep back the invading southern Vietnam.

2. Kennedy Assassination
On November 22, 1963 in Dallas, Texas, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was shot fatally in the head in his convertible on a parade.

3. The Kent State shooting.
On May 4, 1970 guardsmen shoot many because of the protest at Kent State

4. Katrina Hurricane
With winds approaching at 174 miles per hour hurricane Katrina brought destruction with it on August 23, 2005.

5. First African American President elected
The morning of January 20 was joyful, the first black president had been elected.

6. Newtown Massacre.
Just last friday ( the 14th of dec) Adam Lanza walked into an elementary school and shot 28 people, 20 of which were kids.