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Amritsar in the Punjab. After the British partitioned India in 1947, the Punjab became sandwiched between the newly created Pakistan and India. Amritsar is the city where the Golden Temple is situated and Sikhs regard it as the holiest site on earth.
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"A perfectly messed up story"
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The Tragedy of India's Partition, 71 Years Later
Hindus and Muslims weren’t destined to fight, despite their bloody history on the Indian subcontinent. The truth is something bleaker.
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https://angsuman.tumblr.com/post/174359386408/a-perfectly-messed-up-story-the-tragedy-of
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"My great grandfather Thomas Wilkins came to India just a few months before the Mutiny. He had left his pregnant wife, Abigail with her parents in Portsmouth. Abigail eventually reunited with her husband in 1861 at Calcutta. Her first child, May had died a few weeks before they were to depart for India. My grandfather was born in Calcutta and so was my mother. By the time my mother Debby was born in 1892, the family had a well established business in military uniform. My mother and her siblings, unlike other British children, stayed in India for their schooling. The family had virtually lost its link with 'Home' as most of them were scattered all across India. My mother was a wonderful watercolour artist. Almost every woman of her generation and class was supposed to paint and play the piano. My parents met through common friends. My father born in Ludhiana, was the son of a Scottish banker based in Lahore. They married in Calcutta in 1913 just in time before the War. During the war, my father volunteered to fight in France. My mother was left all alone in Lahore for the next five years. During the time, she caught up on her reading and learnt Punjabi. She already was fluent in Bangali and Hindustani. My parents had a happy marriage that produced 11 healthy children. When we returned 'Home' in 1947, it was my mother's first time in Britain. She terribly missed India. There were no servants and the weather was very gloomy. She died in sleep in 1977. Her last meal I was told was tamarind rice." - Alice Whitby (Toronto Ontario). [Pic: Debby Wilkins' book in possession of her daughter Alice]. #india #uk #britishraj #britishempire #pakistan #storiesofpartition #partitionofindia #lahore #calcutta

Jinnah's early life and drive, his brilliance and successes, eventual thwarted ideals and disillusionment make for an engaging read in this huge page turner, which in the later chapters tries to catch up with its own narrative in relating the events of the period it evokes.
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For the love of Manto.

Saadat Hasan Manto's stories, dark as they may be, leave your heart that much lighter for the whittling down it endures whilst reading them.

A sample ~ "I had seen Siraj once or twice. She was really skinny but beautiful, and her prominent eyes over-shadowed every other feature on her oval face. When I saw her for the first time on Clare road, I was puzzled. I wanted to tell her eyes, ‘Excuse me, please move aside a little so I can see Siraj.’ Needless to say, it didn’t happen."
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Here are two of a series of letters written post partition by Manto to "Uncle Sam" that not only reflect his own wit, writing genius and the ethos of that era, but make for delightful and relevant reading even and especially now, more than 5 decades later.. http://www.alhamra.com/Excerpts/LettersExcerpt.htm
http://www.wordswithoutborders.org/article/third-letter-to-uncle-sam

Partition stories are heartbreakingly sad and at the same time the emotions and the culture and everything that there was before the great divide seems so beautiful and unreachable.

Reena Nanda's From Quetta to Delhi is one such devastating reminiscence of the life that most migrant families left behind.

It brought back memories of the stories I had heard while growing up from my grandmothers. Stories of their ancestry, of the neighborhoods they were part of, of the journey they made from their ancestral land to a foreign one, which they were now supposed to call home based on their religion. Most importantly, stories of the destruction of lives, of the bereavement of loved ones, of false hope and clinging on to it. This book was difficult for me to read just because of how lively it made all those old tales of reality.

Do you know of any such real life stories where the partition of India or the riots changed lives forever?

“This arrogant, conceited history strides ahead with her head in the clouds and never looks down. She does not realise how she crushes millions of people beneath her.” Two is a story set in the most tumultuous time in Indian history, the partition. The story begins in Campbellpur, modern day Attock in Pakistan just before the independence of India from the British and the partition of India into India and Pakistan. Indian history is unique in the way that while the freedom struggle was entirely non-violent, its aftermath was a tragic bloodbath. Fazaldeen and Karam Singh are dear friends whose relationship is above and beyond the considerations of religion. However, as the partition begins to take the shape of reality; people are forced to chose sides on either sides of the border based on their religion. A truck leaves Campbellpur with a motley of travellers, each heading towards an unknown destination and leaving behind a life they had known to a life of “refugees”; in the hope that someday they might find a “home” again.

The story often feels like a screenplay, which has to be the trademark of Gulzar; who is an accomplished screenwriter. Another quality of screen writing that it displays is succinctness. The narrative shifts from characters and scenes with remarkable fluidity and hence even the presence of a lot of characters and time periods doesn’t make it feel crowded at any given time. Also, since the book was translated by Gulzar himself, the essence has been kept intact; even though he himself admits that it is hard to retain the poetic rhythm of Urdu language to any translation. While I enjoyed the book, I also feel this would make an excellent movie as well.
What is ironic is that blood has often been shed in the name of religion; it just did not end with partition. We have been playing hide and seek with peace and harmony for over decades now.
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Happy Book Birthday, Exiled To Freedom!
I can’t say you were a complete joy to write, but it was an experience for sure!❤️💞❤️💞 #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookish #historicalfiction #partition #booklove #ya #yalovin #yabooks #authorlife #writersofinstagram #authorsofinstagram #bookworm #partitionofindia

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And 70 years on... 71 years this year. Partition in case anyone forgot. Safe to say the partition of the subcontinent of India was Panjab and Bengal (with Kashmir still suffering). The two suffered the most horrific and tragically. Once upon a time so many different cultures and religions lived together... Indians, Pakistanis and Bengalis all once lived together and today there’s a lot of hate between us communities. Religion and cultural divisions really got between us all because of borders placed. Along with dirty politics 🙄🙄. Radcliffe line is filled with the blood of our ancestors... time has passed on and Ive had people say to me it doesn’t even matter to you / affect you, as your born and living in England (which is pretty ironic) but how can I not write about partition, when it’s affects are still alive. We are still suffering with the trauma of partition and displacement. Now if we all worked together with peace and respect there would not be a place like either India/ Pakistan/ Bangladesh. I think my generation are becoming more awake and reading upon our histories and common histories and we are trying to create spaces for love and respect I’ve seen examples of poetry doing this and it’s beautiful @daakvaak @therhymerepublic & in the diaspora we got some cool things going on too. Anyways I hope we recognise each other as souls, past religion and culture and nationality as we once all went back same way. Remembering some words said by the poet Sahir Ludhianvi- “Tu Hindu banega, na Musalman banega, Insaan ki aulaad hai, insaan banega.” 🥀🌹#partitionofindia #India #Pakistan #Bangladesh #Panjab #Bengal

And 70 years on... 71 years this year. Partition in case anyone forgot. Safe to say the partition of the subcontinent of India was Panjab and Bengal (with Kashmir still suffering). The two suffered the most horrific and tragically. Once upon a time so many different cultures and religions lived together... Indians, Pakistanis and Bengalis all once lived together and today there’s a lot of hate between us communities. Religion and cultural divisions really got between us all because of borders placed. Along with dirty politics 🙄🙄. Radcliffe line is filled with the blood of our ancestors... time has passed on and Ive had people say to me it doesn’t even matter to you / affect you, as your born and living in England (which is pretty ironic) but how can I not write about partition, when it’s affects are still alive. We are still suffering with the trauma of partition and displacement. Now if we all worked together with peace and respect there would not be a place like either India/ Pakistan/ Bangladesh. I think my generation are becoming more awake and reading upon our histories and common histories and we are trying to create spaces for love and respect I’ve seen examples of poetry doing this and it’s beautiful @daakvaak @therhymerepublic & in the diaspora we got some cool things going on too. Anyways I hope we recognise each other as souls, past religion and culture and nationality as we once all went back same way. Remembering some words said by the poet Sahir Ludhianvi- “Tu Hindu banega, na Musalman banega, Insaan ki aulaad hai, insaan banega.” 🥀🌹#partitionofindia #India #Pakistan #Bangladesh #Panjab #Bengal

#qotd Snacking while reading- 👍 or 👎? Also which is your favorite snack?

I can't eat or drink while reading but I take snack breaks😁. Chide bhaja and cha (Rice crispies & tea) is my all time favorite.

Day and Dastan/Din aur Dastan is a famous Urdu novel written by Intezar Husain. It's a volume of two novellas translated into English by Nishat Zaidi and Alok Bhalla.

Both the stories indirectly revolves around partition of India Pakistan.

Day/ Din follows story of Zamir and Tahsina and their repressed emotions. It raises many ethical questions related to Partition. Author has used everyday conversations and personal experiences of people to make us understand the impact of partition.

Whereas Dastan moves beyond personal experiences and blurs the line between reality & fantasy.

Both the stories are author's way to deal with communal memory and chaotic reality.

I am #currently reading Day/Din. So far the story is interesting. It doesn't directly talks about partition or migration. Rather it focuses on how people change after such a traumatic event.
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Happy Baisakhi everyone! Sharing this 1933 notice of the Baisakhi festivities to be held at the then newly renovated building of Punja Sahib in Hasan Abdal, Punjab. After Partition, Punja Sahib along with other 195 historical Sikh shrines remained in Pakistan. [Source: Panjab Digital Library, Sikh Phulwari Magazine Lahore March 1933] #baisakhi #punjab #sikh #vaisakhi #partitionofindia #sikhhistory

I read this a while ago... Another melancholy tale of the Partition. Some ghory details, trauma, pain, suffering...this book has it all.. Yet something about this book seemed personal.. I think that's what makes it different, memorable. .
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