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Dotted across homes in Britain are people who were witnesses to one of the most tumultuous events of the twentieth century Yet their memory of India's partition has been shrouded in silence Kavita Puri's father was twelve when he found himself one of the millions of Sikhs Hindus and Muslims caught up in the devastating aftermath of a hastily drawn border For seventy years he remained silent like so many about the horrors he had seen When her father finally spoke out opening up a forgotten part of Puri's family history she was compelled to seek out the stories of South Asians who were once subjects of the British Raj and are now British citizens Determined to preserve these accounts of the end of Empire and the difficult birth of two nations here Puri records a series of remarkable first hand testimonies as well as those of their children and grandchildren whose lives are shaped by partition's legacy With empathy nuance and humanity Puri weaves a breathtaking tapestry of human experience over a period of seven decades that trembles with life an epic of ruptured families and friendships extraordinary journeys and daring rescue missions that reverberates with pain loss and compassion The division of the Indian subcontinent happened far away but it is also a very British story Many of those affected by partition are now part of the fabric of British contemporary life but their lives continue to be touched by this traumatic event Partition Voices breaks the silence and confronts the difficult truths at the heart of Britain's shared history with South AsiaDotted across homes in Britain are people who were witnesses to one of the most tumultuous events of the twentieth century Yet their memory of India's partition has been shrouded in silence Kavita Puri's father was twelve when he found himself one of the millions of Sikhs Hindus and Muslims caught up in the devastating aftermath of a hastily drawn border For seventy years he remained silent like so many about the horrors he had seen When her father finally spoke out opening up a forgotten part of Puri's family history she was compelled to seek out the stories of South Asians who were once subjects of the British Raj and are now British citizens Determined to preserve these accounts of the end of Empire and the difficult birth of two nations here Puri records a series of remarkable first hand testimonies as well as those of their children and grandchildren whose lives are shaped by partition's legacy With empathy nuance and humanity Puri weaves a breathtaking tapestry of human experience over a period of seven decades that trembles with life an epic of ruptured families and friendships extraordinary journeys and daring rescue missions that reverberates with pain loss and compassion The division of the Indian subcontinent happened far away but it is also a very British story Many of those affected by partition are now part of the fabric of British contemporary life but their lives continue to be touched by this traumatic event Partition Voices breaks the silence and confronts the difficult truths at the heart of Britain's shared history with South AsiaDotted across homes in Britain are people who were witnesses to one of the most tumultuous events of the twentieth century Yet their memory of India's partition has been shrouded in silence Kavita Puri's father was twelve when he found himself one of the millions of Sikhs Hindus and Muslims caught up in the devastating aftermath of a hastily drawn border For seventy years he remained silent like so many about the horrors he had seen When her father finally spoke out opening up a forgotten part of Puri's family history she was compelled to seek out the stories of South Asians who were once subjects of the British Raj and are now British citizens Determined to preserve these accounts of the end of Empire and the difficult birth of two nations here Puri records a series of remarkable first hand testimonies as well as those of their children and grandchildren whose lives are shaped by partition's legacy With empathy nuance and humanity Puri weaves a breathtaking tapestry of human experience over a period of seven decades that trembles with life an epic of ruptured families and friendships extraordinary journeys and daring rescue missions that reverberates with pain loss and compassion The division of the Indian subcontinent happened far away but it is also a very British story Many of those affected by partition are now part of the fabric of British contemporary life but their lives continue to be touched by this traumatic event Partition Voices breaks the silence and confronts the difficult truths at the heart of Britain's shared history with South Asia


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  1. says:

    This is a beautifully fluent well written and very readable book putting the history of Partition on a very personal level from different viewpoints of those who witnessed the events of Partition Kavita Puri's own sympathy to all her interviewees from whatever background shines through in her descriptions of them I have realised how ignorant I have been about Britain's part in Partition it is incredible to think it took only 40 days to decide the boundaries and there are so many parallels to recent history It also raises many questions about how the human race can turn on each other in the way many did I thoroughly agree that the teaching of this topic in schools would help to promote tolerance and understanding on the topic of immigration This book along with Kavita Puri's radio broadcasts have helped to promote my own understanding of this subject and have left me wanting to learn about this topic which leaves many unanswered questions I do hope she writes a Part II