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The Persistence Of Memory

Another country, an ancestral village, and remembrances that spill across time-and borders

The Persistence Of Memory

Just two days after my arrival in Lahore, I was hurtling along the Lahore-Islamabad motorway at 5 am with my friend Rasheeda. Our destination was Bhera, the ancestral town of all the Sahnis, or rather the Khukrain, which includes nine castes: Sahni, Sethi, Anand, Suri, Kohli, Bhasin, Chaddha, Sabharwal and Chandhok.

For our post-Partition generation, Khukrain and Bherochis (those from Bhera) were unusual-sounding words that occasionally cropped up in conversations of the older generation, including my father Bhisham Sahni and his brother, Balraj ji (the actor Balraj Sahni).

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