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We Didn't See The Inner Courtyard

Partition, we didn't relate to, except as event in the family chronicle. Till, we went back.

We Didn't See The
Inner Courtyard
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We Didn't See The Inner Courtyard
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The year I do not remember, but there was great revolutionary fervour in Amritsar.... I’d spend the entire day at Jallianwala Bagh. Sitting under a tree, I’d watch the windows of the houses bordering the park and dream about the girls who lived behind them. I was sure one of these days, one of them would fall in love with me.
Manto, The Price of Freedom

My wife Nurjehan’s father is a Punjabi from Amritsar. In Dar es Salaam, where we were both brought up, she was a minority among Gujarati and Kutchi Indians. And so even she, speaking Kutchi and Hindustani, did not quite know until recently how much of a Partition child she was. Those of our generation hadn’t even heard the word. Her father and mother moved to Tanganyika in 1945, just before Partition. At Partition, the rest of the family made their escape in the night by train, leaving almost everything behind them, and headed for Bombay, whence they dispersed to Africa, England, Pakistan, Canada, and the United States. My father-in-law has...

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