As a news report explains, this is a new era for India as the British have finally ended their rule over the country. With this event Pakistan has been demarcated for Muslims and an unprecedented migration has started as people make their way across different borders. However, with these new shifts, violence and riots have erupted across the country as people flee, and to really understand what is happening we have to go back to 1942.
There we see Aisha running away from a British soldier. Finally she wins him, turns around and throws a dagger square into his chest (So Aunt Ruby used to be right, she did kill a man once). Arriving at a village center, Aisha finds a man outside who explains to his neighbors that this is their home and that if they have to fight for it, they will fight for it. His speech is interrupted by a group of soldiers who disperse the crowd and send everyone home.
Aisha wanders away and eventually finds a field of roses to sleep in. She is awakened by the same man from the village who politely asks her to stop sleeping on his roses. He asks if he can help her with anything, but Aisha is curt with him and refuses any help. However, he still offers her food and a place to sleep and invites her to his house. Aisha hesitates, but that evening she accepts his offer.
The man asks if Aisha has a name or if he should just call her.”hungry† When Aisha doesn’t respond, he presses more, noting that he knows she’s not British and she’s not from this village, so what’s she doing here? When Aisha says she loves his roses, he begins with his favorite poem: “When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too crowded to talk about. What you seek is seeking you…Something changes in Aisha, and she interrupts him and tells him her name, and he finally tells her his: Hasan.
A time passes and Aisha and Hasan live together as a happy family – with a baby on the way. When their child, Sana, is born, Aisha spends her time taking care of the little one, and Hasan notices that their newborn baby looks at Aisha as if she were “magic†
Time passes and Sana begins to grow up, but with all the changes happening around them in India, Hasan worries about the future of the family as Partition looms. When one of their neighbors comes by, Hasan’s emotions come over as he screams that their village is divided and that no one will buy roses from him or sell Aisha milk again. When the neighbor leaves and Aisha closes the door, she sees a shadowy figure outside and she knows exactly who it is: Najma.