Amit Majmudar, author, The Map and the Scissors: ‘I Am All Over the Past’

Amit Majmudar, author, The Map and the Scissors: ‘I Am All Over the Past’

There is a growing interest – scholarly and otherwise – in oral histories of Partition that foreground voices and narratives of common and unsung people, what made you write a book revolving around two larger-than-life men – MK Gandhi and MA Jinnah? In Partitions (2011), I wrote a novel that dealt with everyday people caught … Read more

Review of Manreet Sodhi Someshwar’s ‘Hyderabad: Book 2 of The Partition Trilogy’: tea, Osmania biscuits and Partition

Review of Manreet Sodhi Someshwar’s ‘Hyderabad: Book 2 of The Partition Trilogy’: tea, Osmania biscuits and Partition

The human suffering that was catalysed by the Partition has been sketched in fictionalised detail by authors such as Rajinder Singh Bedi, Saadat Hasan Manto, Khushwant Singh and Bhisham Sahni. Authors continue to add to Partition literature. But there is a growing hunger among a new generation to understand what happened in the crucial years … Read more

Review: Hyderabad: Book 2 of The Partition Trilogy by Manreet Sodhi Someshwar

Review: Hyderabad: Book 2 of The Partition Trilogy by Manreet Sodhi Someshwar

Set primarily in 1948, a period of much chaos in a newly independent India, Hyderabad is the second part of Manreet Sodhi Someshwar’s Partition trilogy. At the time, Hyderabad was India’s largest and wealthiest princely State, ruled by the world’s richest man, the seventh Nizam of Hyderabad, Mir Osman Ali Khan, Asaf Jah VII, who … Read more

Heartbreaking tales of partition captured in literary works, songs and films | India News

Heartbreaking tales of partition captured in literary works, songs and films | India News

BATHINDA: As India and Pakistan observe their 75th Independence Day, scores of literary work capture the pains of 1947 partition that displaced, killed and orphaned millions. The literary works weaved around the division of the country into two nations describe the painful events leading to the bloodshed that came with the partition in August 1947. … Read more

5 Books to Learn About The Country’s Fight for Freedom

5 Books to Learn About The Country’s Fight for Freedom

We are about to enter the 75th year of Independence this August 15. The day will be celebrated with great honour and pride by the entire nation. It marks the historic occasion as India secured independence from colonial rule after two hundred years of suppression under the Britishers. Many students, however, may not any idea … Read more

Noted Hindi Writers Slam Police Complaint Against Booker-Winning Author Geetanjali Shree

Noted Hindi Writers Slam Police Complaint Against Booker-Winning Author Geetanjali Shree

New Delhi: Several noted Hindi litterateurs and writers have slammed the targeting of author Geetanjali Shree nee Pandey through the attempted registration of an FIR against her in Uttar Pradesh, calling it another “despicable” moment of great alarm and shame. Shree brought laurels to Indian literature when the English translation of her work, Ret Samadhi (Tomb … Read more

Book review: Amit Majmudar’s ‘The Map and the Scissors’

Book review: Amit Majmudar’s ‘The Map and the Scissors’

Despite meticulous research, Majmudar’s characterisation of Jinnah and Gandhi remains abstract and theoretical Despite meticulous research, Majmudar’s characterisation of Jinnah and Gandhi remains abstract and theoretical The relationship between history and fiction is riddled with charming and impossible paradoxes. That impulsive distinction — that history is real while fiction is fabricated — serves no real … Read more

What Nehru’s Stance on Muslims Returning from Pakistan Tells Us

What Nehru’s Stance on Muslims Returning from Pakistan Tells Us

Manash Firaq Bhattacharjee’s Nehru and the Spirit of India is a critical and nuanced perusal of Jawaharlal Nehru’s intellectual and political legacy. The book critically re-emphasises Nehru’s ideas in relation to the present issues that confront us today. It also addresses issues that preoccupy intellectual debates today and relates and contrasts Nehru’s ideas with contemporary events. … Read more

A historian’s take on Priya Satia’s ‘Time’s Monster’

A historian’s take on Priya Satia’s ‘Time’s Monster’

I have always wanted to be a historian. From childhood, I was captivated by the idea of spending my days bringing the past to life. At first, I aspired to be a historical consultant on BBC period dramas. Later, I set my sights on becoming a professor. I have dedicated my adult life to this … Read more

Tomb of Sand: Fairy-tale like, this Booker winner questions many norms

Tomb of Sand: Fairy-tale like, this Booker winner questions many norms

The author was never congratulated by the Prime Minister of India despite becoming the first writer of an Indian language to win the Booker. First, turning away from the family, then surreptitiously slipping out of the house, and finally, after 80 years of living for others, beginning to announce her next moves like orders to … Read more