Remnants of Partition
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The emotion and trauma of the Partition are buried deep, but Aanchal Malhotra has found a way to recover them. Through the possessions saved by her own great-grandparents as they fled their homes, she discovers the unique power of such objects: to unlock the secrets of a colossal human migration, and a life that once was. Remnants of Partition is a remarkable alternative history, telling the family stories hidden within items carried between the new India and Pakistan, amid chaos and violence. They uncover a rich tapestry of pain and rupture, but also of hope and connection – in belonging through belongings, and identities reforged. From a string of pearls to a young woman’s poetry, this extraordinary book gives voice to the voiceless, restoring the everyday to a great drama of the twentieth century. Its power and poignancy will haunt the reader. Shortlisted for the British Academy's 2019 Al-Rodhan Prize A Hindustan Times 'India @ 70' book Shortlisted for the Hindu Lit for Life Non-Fiction Prize Shortlisted for the Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay NIF Book Prize.
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