Stories from a Vanished Homeland presents a collection of true stories that give a picture of life in Sindh before and during the Partition of India.In 1947, as Britain readied to give India freedom, plans were made to partition the country, carving out a portion to create Pakistan. Punjab and Bengal would be split in two, with a part going to each country. Sindh, however,Stories from a Vanished Homeland presents a collection of true stories that give a picture of life in Sindh before and during the Partition of India.In 1947, as Britain readied to give India freedom, plans were made to partition the country, carving out a portion to create Pakistan. Punjab and Bengal would be split in two, with a part going to each country. Sindh, however, would be given intact to the new country, Pakistan. The Sindhi Hindus would remain in Sindh. They had been a minority community in Sindh for centuries, and had lived comfortably and in harmony; they expected that they would continue to do so.However, this did not happen. Most of the Sindhi Hindus left their ancestral homeland, never to return. Making their homes in other parts of the world, very few looked back to mourn what they had lost. Hardly any passed on their stories to their children. Why were they silent? Was it their pain? Or perhaps their determination to leave the past behind and make a success of the new lives they were so roughly thrown into?This book weaves together childhood memories with interesting and relevant facts, and gives a glimpse into a world that has never been given the representation it deserves....
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Sindh - Stories from a Vanished Homeland Reviews
I had some misgivings about this book as somewhat simplistic and trite book about sindhi partition tales. But it is a decent book. Its strength are as following …1. Includes extensive references and extracts from the most renowned books about Sindh.2. Has good real photos of sindhi places (which author has got with the help of Pakistani friends)3. A detailed collection of personal anecdotes from various sindhi migrants/partition victims including several recent migrants.4. Generally does not romanticizes the events5. Well Designed6. Loaded with contentIts problems are as following..1. Inconsistent narration.. At times chapters are written with Author as narrator at other times it’s the actual person. Sometimes it is difficult to follow who is the narrator especially during those times when narrator is changed implicitly within a chapter. 2.Banal details in the several anecdotes. In some cases these are minor irritants whereas in some other cases they affect the rhythm of the narrative. 3.Some anecdotes have lack of details wherein an important detail has been described in one or two statements without giving full details or insight of the event.4.Lack of structure : At times book feels like collection of raw information than a structured analysis and information.Despite its shortcomings , overall it is still a good effort especially on a topic which has dearth of books. So it is commendable and book is recommended for anyone interested in Sindh/sindhis.
Great read. Bought this as a gift for my 87 year old grandfather who was born in undivided India, as a reminder of where he came from. I also bought myself a copy to understand my roots and culture better. Anecdotal and easy to read, I preferred the pace to Nandita Bhavnani's The Making of Exile.
Talk of Sindh, and all I can think of is the river God, Jhulelal, the whirling dervishes of the Sufi tradition, and the beats of 'Dama dam mast qalander'. This book is a deeply poignant memoir which seeks to enlighten the reader on the history of Sindh, a land of peaceful coexistence, and how ugly politics drove the Sindhi Hindus out of their ancestral homeland. Forced into exile, they had to build their lives from scratch, and in the process of assimilating in a foreign land, they nearly sacrificed their own culture and traditions. I loved the book; it's a great read for history enthusiasts. Some interesting tidbits I picked from the book:- The author's mother's family originally came from Larkano, which is also the homeland of the Bhutto family. It was interesting to note that they were neighbors. I wonder how things would have been in a pre partition world.-I loved reading about the Thattai Bhatia community and their connection with Sindh. I spent a major part of my childhood in Bahrain, where I used to frequently attendbhajanat the Krishnamandirthere. Till now, I had always assumed the traditions followed in the temple were Sindhi, but I finally got a better understanding of the cultural symbols and traditions at play.- Sindhi originally followed a Perso-Arabic script (I was so surprised when I recognized thealef-beysimilar to Arabic. After Partition, with the migration of a large number of Sindhi Hindus to India, the language was taught using the Devanagari script.There were some heart wrenching poems in the book; to lose one's homeland and become a refugee in a foreign land is agonizing. 'Cities Ran Amuck' by Motilal Jotwani and Zubair Soomro's 'Borders' in particular touched a chord with me.As I finished the book, the one image that haunts my mind is that of a woman carving a message into her cupboard as she prepared to flee her home. 'Cursed be anyone who opens this cupboard belonging to Vindhri Tejomal!' When I read that line, I couldn't help but imagine what Vindhri's thoughts would have been at that time. What did she try to take with her as she fled to safety? Did she imagine that she could never come back to her home? Was it better to live in fear but still be in their own land, or was it better to become an uninvited guest in a foreign land which remained indifferent to them?
A beautiful account of several stories from Sindhi's past. It's quite enjoyable if you have the ties to the ancestries, proving to be rather enlightening if you've lived with a relatively quiet Sindhi household. I doubt it would be of much interest to someone who is not Sindhi though.
This fascinating book is about the stories of Hindu Sindhis from the time of the British India to their migration to India after the partition where they found themselves in a sorry plight and how they gradually got out of it by paying heavy prices. Sindh suffered greatly from the migration of the Hindus comprised 30% of the population and paid 80% of the income tax. Moreover, it also created a vacuum in Sindh from which it badly suffered because the Hindus had the majority in the middle class. One can also imagine how well-established this community was in Sindh and how they had to start from scratch in India.I really enjoyed reading this book because I also belong to a Sindhi household, albeit a Muslim Sindhi. This book made me very much nostalgic about the times when my late grandmother was alive and how she used to tell me interesting stories about her childhood in pre-partitioned India and to my surprise some of her stories resonated with the stories in this book.
A must for people wholove knowing about hoe things were in the past!