Stories of Partition from unheard voices

90 UPPER MALL INew Delhi : Stories about Partition are plenty, but they have never been seen from the lens of the times we live in.

Giving a fresh perspective to how generations have negotiated these marked boundaries and its repercussions is a graphic novel, “This Side That Side:Restorying Partition” that lends voices to young, unheard stories from the Indian subcontinent and sees the event from their eyes.

This black-and-white anthology consists of 28 narratives in which 65 artistes from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh have come together to tell stories – part memories, part observation – of the milieu they are living in. Credit for connecting and convincing these people to come together on board goes to graphic novelist Vishwajyoti Ghosh who has curated this project.

“One of the myths we also try to break in this book is that Partition is a chapter in history. No, it’s something we still live with and negotiate with in our daily lives, in many different ways. So getting young and unheard voices is an important step to highlight that,” Ghosh said in an interview.

And Ghosh breaks this myth beautifully in this 366-page novel by carefully choosing stories that are emotionally laced with an undertone of sarcasm and wry humour.

“There are as many undertones in the stories than just sarcasm. Not to say there isn’t sarcasm at all, but it is not the only voice I am sure. There is as much curiosity, speculation, dialogues as well and all this together creates the larger platform for discussion among the young minds of all three sides,” said Ghosh, who is also the author of graphic novel “Delhi Calm”.

By Shilpa Raina

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