Partitioned Lives: Narratives of Home, Displacement, and Resettlement

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Anjali Gera Roy, Nandi Bhatia
Pearson Education India, 2008 - India - 283 pages
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On Manas Roy's personal chronicle:
I read this piece along with some others in Netaji Nagar. I am just about six years younger to him and living just one block off from his parental home. His
language is wonderful, a bit mystical, his facts are not simply right. His personal anecdotes are his own, I have checked the names he mentioned and they turned out to be right even though not 100% . The number of siblings he has are 3 brothers of which he would be the middle one and he probably has mentioned one out of his 3 sisters' name[ there is a contradiction however in the collective knowledge of his neighbours] His paltry factuality bears fact to his lifestyle in Netaji Nagar. He was never active or popular in his neighbourhood. I happened to have followed the same educational institutions that he did- from St Mary's up to Presidency College, albeit in a different stream and department. Besides his family history, he did not cater much about the collective living and the neighbourhood because he was least involved. I along with other concerned people in the locality appreciate his tone, attitude and love manifested in here. The pangs of the refugee life is not depicted here, nor is the growing up as a refugee boy going places. It is time a comprehensive history of the refugee colony quotidian life is painted in articulation. The violence -a product of frustration, instability, pangs and longing to be settled and be counted as a respected bhadrolok in the mainstream society, is not depicted. However as a pioneer he served his cause. We thank him heartily for this feat.  

Contents

Amrita Pritam and Partition
1
Sikh Experiences
26
Partition and Transcendental Homelessness
50
Constructing PostPartition Bengali Cultural Identity Through Films
65
Trauma andTestimony in Bapsi Sidhwas Cracking India
82
Narrating Painful Histories
99
Growing Up Refugee
116
Two Partition Narratives
146
A British Soldiers Story of Partition
174
Partition and the South
192
Mohajirs
214
Dislocation in Jhumpa Lahiris Interpreter of Maladies
227
A Kashmiri Familys Exile
240
Against Silence and Forgetting
255
Notes on the Editors and the Contributors
274
Copyright

Comparative Analysis of Migration in Ludhiana
156

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