Each piece of this splendid patchwork tapestry brings something unique to the reader. Some convey facts, theories, and insights. Others showcase lost worlds, lifestyles, and rituals. Some are memories; some tales of new lives in faraway lands. Together, they form a bridge to a dawning awareness of a historic environment that was rudely and abruptly disrupted by events that took place in 1947 – a bridge through which a rich cultural legacy may be gradually restored.
Sindh: Stories from a Vanished Homeland
In November 2012, when this book was published, documentation about the Partition experiences of the Hindus of Sindh, and their rehabilitation, was scanty. Beginning with one woman’s memories of her childhood, the book evolved to form a depository of individual experiences, supplemented by information from secondary sources. Together, these provide a multi-dimensional perspective of the community.
The book soon found its place in university libraries around the world, as well as among the treasured chronicles of families to whom it gave a better understanding of their recent history and their disrupted cultural heritage.
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Working with an experienced biographer to write one’s memoirs is a therapeutic process of looking back on life, understanding its phases and transitions and articulating the important events, insights, learning and influences that made you who you have become.
Beyond the rainbow
Literary fiction by Murli Melwani, Beyond the Rainbow, offers not just an enjoyable reading experience but also insights into the lifestyle and business practices of the Sindhi families living in ports around the world.
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