Divakaruni has a message to send with this novel. To her, independence entails not just liberation or freedom from subjugation, it also means doing the right thing for oneself and for the people around us.
I belong to a generation that was overtaken by the pestilence called Partition.
Dhaka has gone through many ups and downs over the past few centuries.
Songs give a voice to the timelessness of the body’s performative archive.
Communal tension brewing for years led to the violent riots the year before Partition.
In our school textbooks, Partition was a minor detail in the climax of the rousing story of the Indian National Movement.
Narratives from the peripheries are needed to balance out the indocentrism of Partition Studies
Communal violence is not a recent phenomenon in this part of the world.