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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"Partitioned Lives: Narratives of Home, Displacement, and Resettlement" features fifteen essays that focus on personal, subjective experiences of Partition, rather than on official accounts. The book analyses fiction, films, and biographical and autobiographical accounts relating to the experience and influence of Partition. It also studies Partition-related migrations not only to and from West Pakistan, East Pakistan, and India, but also to the West. The essays also attempt to show how Partition continues to influence cultural identities both in the subcontinent and among the diaspora, through analyses of recent films and fiction focusing on ideas of home, homelessness, martyrdom, etc.

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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.  


Amrita Pritam and Partition
Sikh Experiences
Partition and Transcendental Homelessness
Constructing PostPartition Bengali Cultural Identity Through Films
Trauma andTestimony in Bapsi Sidhwas Cracking India
Narrating Painful Histories
Growing Up Refugee
Two Partition Narratives
A British Soldiers Story of Partition
Partition and the South
Dislocation in Jhumpa Lahiris Interpreter of Maladies
A Kashmiri Familys Exile
Against Silence and Forgetting
Notes on the Editors and the Contributors

Comparative Analysis of Migration in Ludhiana

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About the author (2008)

Anjali Gera Roy is a Professor of English in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur, West Bengal, India. She has carried out extensive research on various aspects of Bollywood, as part of a Senior Research Fellowship of the Indo-Canadian Shastri Institute in 2007, as well as on Bollywood s transnational flows at the Asia Research Institute National University of Singapore in 2008 2009.

She has published essays in literary, film, and cultural studies and has also authored and edited several books. She has co-edited with Nandi Bhatia a volume of essays, "Partitioned Lives: Narratives of Home, "

"Displacement and Resettlement "(2008), on the Indian Partition of 1947; and with Chua Beng Huat another volume "Travels of Bollywood Cinema: From Bombay to LA "(2012). Her book on Bhangra s global flows, "Bhangra Moves: From Ludhiana to London and Beyond "was published in 2010.

Bhatia is Associate Professor of English at the University of Western Ontario.

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