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Stories of Partition by Gulzar

Stories of Partition by Gulzar

HarperCollins Publishers India is pleased to announce the release of Footprints on Zero Line- Writings on the Partition by Gulzar Translated by: Rakhshanda Jalil The Partition of 1947 has influenced the works of an entire generation of writers, and continues to do so. Gulzar witnessed the horrors of Partition first-hand and it is a theme that […]






Why Manto Will Never Grow Old

Why Manto Will Never Grow Old

“He was chewing on his paan, slowly and thinking. Thick jets of sticky, tobacco-mixed gob was swishing in his mouth. He felt as if his teeth were grinding his thoughts and blending them with his saliva.Maybe that was why he didn’t wish to spit out the gob of chewed-up paan.’’ Muhammad Umar Memon’s translation of […]






Garm Hava: Tender And Powerful

Garm Hava: Tender And Powerful

In the opening credits of MS Sathyu’s Garm Hava,  you hear Kaifi Azmi’s lament, “Taksim hua mulk toh dil ho gaye tukde; Har seene mein toofan, wahan bhi tha yahan bhi Har ghar mein chita jalti thi, lahraate the sholay; har shahar mein shamshan, wahan bhi tha yahan bhi Gita ki koi na sunta, na koi Quran ki sunta; […]






Govind Nihalani : Memories Of Another Time

Govind Nihalani : Memories Of Another Time

Padma Shri awardee, filmmaker, cinematographer and one of the key figures of independent cinema in India, Govind Nihalani has just walked into Bangalore’s Ranga Shankara cafe and a young volunteer is asking him if she can get him coffee. He asks, ‘What kind?’ She smiles nervously,”Filter?” He looks relieved and nods. Yes, he would very […]






A Town That Fell Off The Map

A Town That Fell Off The Map

Along the western border of Punjab where India ends and Pakistan begins (or the other way, depending upon which side you’re looking from), there lies a stretch of no man’s land, marked off by rusty barbed wire fencing. It hides the scar where a country was once cut into two. Overlooked by the bunkers of […]






Why Fear Is Not The Answer…

Why Fear Is Not The Answer…

  (Pic courtesy sify.com) A few months ago, on a Facebook thread, I read a few comments against North-Eastern women, about North-Eastern people and their irrelevance to India, to a city like Bangalore. I was teaching at that time in a college and many of my students were North-Eastern, some of whom had already shared […]






Just A Little Riot

Just A Little Riot

Every Indian at some time or another has come face-to-face with communal disquiet. A few such memories and stories found their way in my first book Perfect Eight. For a young girl brought up in a uncompromisingly secular home,  the Babri Masjid  demolition was a devastating event. As were the 1984 riots. Both shattered this […]






Another Partition?

Another Partition?

“I have a feeling that we are going to be a generation which is going to fail this country,” I remember my father saying to some friends of his in Kota, Rajasthan, where he was posted between 1970 and 1973 and where we went to school when we were really young. ‘We have fallen into […]






The Family Hotel-Part 7

The Family Hotel-Part 7

Acclaimed author of The Dollmakers’ Island, Anu Kumar brings a treat for the readers of Unboxed Writers in the form of an unpublished novella that will be carried in nine parts. Here is a brief introduction.  Three generations of a family have maintained a hotel that suddenly finds itself close to a new boundary line when India and Pakistan are partitioned. And as guests become […]






The Family Hotel-Part 5

The Family Hotel-Part 5

Acclaimed author of The Dollmakers’ Island, Anu Kumar brings a treat for the readers of Unboxed Writers in the form of an unpublished novella that will be carried in nine parts. Here is a brief introduction. Three generations of a family have maintained a hotel that suddenly finds itself close to a new boundary line when India and Pakistan are partitioned.  And as guests become […]






The Family Hotel-Part 3

The Family Hotel-Part 3

Acclaimed author of The Dollmakers’ Island, Anu Kumar brings a treat for the readers of Unboxed Writers in the form of an unpublished novella that will be carried in nine parts. Here is a brief introduction. Three generations of a family have maintained a hotel that suddenly finds itself close to a new boundary line when India and Pakistan are partitioned. And as guests become witness […]






The Family Hotel-Part 1

The Family Hotel-Part 1

Acclaimed author of The Dollmakers’ Island, Anu Kumar brings a treat for the readers of Unboxed Writers in the form of an unpublished novella that will be carried in nine parts, starting from this week. Here is a brief introduction. Three generations of a family have maintained a hotel that suddenly finds itself close to a new boundary line when India and Pakistan are partitioned.  […]






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