Tuesday, April 16, 2013


Painting hope amid darkness

Stories from South Asia are as much of diversity as they are of displacements and mounting discontents. And if it is Kashmir, it may well be of unending  disappearances. 
The same goes for the Northeast, the north and east of Sri Lanka. And the rest of the region. In her debut collection of short stories — False Sanctuaries: Stories from the Troubled Territories of South Asia — journalist-turned-writer Meenakshi Iyer threads the struggles of men and women of South Asia who face extraordinary obstacles in pursuing their ordinary dreams.
Set against the backdrop of India’s Partition, the first story ‘From Delhi to Derajat’, which covers only slightly less than half of the pages of the book, details a Hindu Punjabi man’s longing to go back to the place he called ‘home’ — others now call it Pakistan. With the help of his grandson, he ventures out of India in a ripe age only to romance with the past and to die in the company of those with whom he grew up.


Anonymous said...

Amazing review. Sure I am going to buy this one...

Rashid Farooq/Kmr said...

If the review is so good, I am sure the book is excellent. Will sure grab this one!