Home, Uprooted: Oral Histories of India's Partition

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SEVEN
Remnants

An Autobiographer

Delhi, July 2008

The monsoon rains arrive, providing some respite from the blistering heat that seizes Delhi every summer. This July it has rained almost every day thankfully lowering the temperatures, making it bearable to step outside. Papa and I walk the ten minutes it takes to get to Mohanji’s home. He lives just a street away from ours, and they know each other through their morning walks in the neighborhood park. Some days I join Papa for his walks in the park that adjoins my parents’ home. That is where I meet Mohanji. He is hard to miss with his loud recitations of “Hare Ram” and “Om,” as well as the clicking of the thick walking stick that he carries. Sometimes Papa and I walk with him. A few weeks later, we decide to meet formally, for what Mohanji calls “in-depth talking.”

We find him seated at one end of a mahogany dining table that has seen better days. He waves at us to sit down and tells us that he is waiting for his

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Illustrations vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • One - Beginnings—In HeadNotes 1
  • Two - Fieldwork/Homework 8
  • Three - A Story Travels 35
  • Four - Home outside Home 62
  • Five - Adrift- Reluctant Nomads 96
  • Six - Hearth Crossings 148
  • Seven - Remnants 180
  • Eight - My Father, My Interlocutor 201
  • Glossary 227
  • Notes 229
  • Bibliography 253
  • Index 265
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