Bangalore International Centre had arranged a Book Launch-cum-Discussion on the book “Sindh : Stories from a Vanished Homeland” authored by Ms. Saaz Aggarwal, humour columnist, ghost writer, literary critic and corporate biographer on Monday, 1st July, 2013 at 6:30 pm. Dr. Ramachandra Guha, Eminent Historian and Writer chaired and moderated the discussion.
In a stimulating and thought-provoking talk, which included her reading from the newly-launched book, Ms. Aggarwal drew attention to way back in August 1947, when India won Independence. At the same time, many families were torn apart and lost their homes forever in the trauma of Partition. Much has been documented about the Punjab Partition experience – but the Sindhis have never spoken. The generation of Sindhis uprooted by Partition was so focussed on succeeding in their new (and often resentful) environment that they did not have the comfort or confidence to pass on their heritage and memories, many painful, to their children. Saaz, who had never been to Sind until recently, narrated as to how she heard the many legends and stories about Sind from her mother, other relatives and acquaintances which built up her curiosity and led her to do more research to document her findings. She stressed that her book “Sindh:Stories from a Vanished Homeland” is basically an attempt to reconstruct the past for the benefit of those second generation of Sindhis in India who have no idea about the history of Sindh, its beauty, its tradition and culture – facets of Sindhi life of which they are not aware.
In his illuminating observations, Dr. Ramachandra Guha who chaired and moderated the discussion pointed out that partition for the Sindhis was a different kind of trauma altogether, unlike in Punjab and Bengal in which horrendous atrocities were committed by both sides. Sindh was not physically partitioned and the Hindus from Sindh left more because of apprehensions and misgivings.
The interactive session was lively and informative.