Author: Rita KothariSeveral Contributors/Translator(s)/ Editors(s): Rita KothariPublisher: PenguinYear: 2009Language: EnglishPages: 171ISBN/UPC (if available): 9780143063650
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 founds themselves to be second-class citizen. Not used to the Urdu, 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 Muslim’ empathy for the world inhabited by the Hindus, and the Indian Sindhis’ solidarity with the turbulence experienced by Pakistan Sindhis. These writing 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 Muslim.
Translator’s Note and Acknowledgements 1. Introduction Rita Kothari 6 January 1948 Thakur Chawla 2. When I Experienced the Simultaneity of life and Death …3. Bhoori4. Boycott5. Holi6. Kaafir: The Infidel 7. Khaanwahan8. Life, a Mere Dream 9. Lost Nations 10. Hunger, Love and Literature 11. My Amma 12. Obligation 13. Familiar Strangers 14. The Claim15. The Document 16. The Neighbour 17. The Refugee18. The Uprooted 19. Who was Responsible 20. In the Name of Allah21. Oxen 22. The Death of Fear 23. In Exile 24. Glossary