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A Family Partition

A Family Partition

Urvashi Butalia
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Like many north Indian families, Urvashi Butalia’s family too was divided during the Partition. While her mother found herself on the Indian side of the border, Rana, her brother, chose to stay behind in Lahore.

Ever since she could remember, Butalia had heard stories of Partition, and of her uncle – who had not only stayed behind, becoming the sole owner of the family house, but had also become a Muslim. It is with these thoughts and not knowing what to expect that Butalia visits Lahore to see Ranamama.

A heartwarming story of families broken and reunited, amidst mistrust and misunderstandings, ‘Ranamama’ defines the pain and heartbreak of the Partition era that has affected generations.

Imprint: Penguin

Published: Aug/2017

Length : 10 Pages

A Family Partition

Urvashi Butalia
Overview

Like many north Indian families, Urvashi Butalia’s family too was divided during the Partition. While her mother found herself on the Indian side of the border, Rana, her brother, chose to stay behind in Lahore.

Ever since she could remember, Butalia had heard stories of Partition, and of her uncle – who had not only stayed behind, becoming the sole owner of the family house, but had also become a Muslim. It is with these thoughts and not knowing what to expect that Butalia visits Lahore to see Ranamama.

A heartwarming story of families broken and reunited, amidst mistrust and misunderstandings, ‘Ranamama’ defines the pain and heartbreak of the Partition era that has affected generations.

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Urvashi Butalia

URVASHI BUTALIA was born in Ambala, India, in 1952. She has worked as an editor at the Oxford University Press and ZedBooks. Urvashi is the director and co- founder of Kali for Women, India's first feminist publishing house. Her writing has appeared in several newspapers including the Guardian, the Statesman, the Times of India and several magazines including Outlook, the New Internationalist and India Today. Urvashi is very active in India's women's movement; she is a consultant for Oxfam India and holds the position of Reader at the College of Vocational Studies at the University of Delhi. Her main areas of research are Partition and oral histories. She has also written on gender, communalism, fundamentalism and media.

An Unresolved History: A Legacy Of Partition

By Urvashi Butalia It is close on two decades now that I have been researching and writing on the human histories of Partition. As story upon story unfolds, and terrible, painful histories begin to emerge, it does not, contrary to popular wisdom, become any easier to deal with them. One of the many grave consequences […] Read More