Unbordered memories

Title Unbordered memories
Sindhi stories of Partition
Author ed. & transl. by Rita Kothari
Publication Penguin India
Size XXIII, 171p
Language ENG ENG
ISBN 9780143063650
Topics Indian fiction--Sindhi--Historical
Indian fiction--Sindhi--Translated into English
Indian fiction--Sindhi--Short stories and novellas
Indian fiction--Sindhi--Religious
Islam and other religions--Hinduism
Hinduism and other religions--Islam
Indian Fiction--Historical--Partition
Pakistani fiction--Historical--Partition
Notes If Partition changed the lives of Sindhi Hindus who suffered the loss of home, language and culture, and felt unwanted in their new homeland, it also changed things for Sindhi Muslims. The Muslims had to grapple with a nation that had suddenly become unrecognizable and where they found themselves to be second-class citizens. Not used to the Urdu, the mosques and the new avatars of domination, they were bewildered by the new Islamic state of Pakistan. Sindh as a nation had simultaneously become elusive for both communities. In Unbordered Memories we witness Sindhis from India and Pakistan making imaginative entries into each other’s worlds. Many stories in this volume testify to the Sindhi Muslims’ empathy for the world inhabited by the Hindus, and the Indian Sindhis’ solidarity with the turbulence experienced by Pakistani Sindhis. These writings from both sides of the border fiercely critique the abuse of human dignity in the name of religion and national borders. They mock the absurdity of containing subcontinental identities within the confines of nations and of equating nations with religions. And they continually generate a shared, unbordered space for all Sindhis— Hindus and Muslims.
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