Partitioned Lives: Narratives of Home, Displacement, and Resettlement
Anjali Gera Roy, Nandi Bhatia
Pearson Education India, 2008 - India - 283 pages
"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.