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This Side, That Side: Restorying Partition

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The most decisive formative moment in modern South Asian history, Partition has remained a site of constant engagement, investigation and memory-making for over three generations. Over the years, Partition discourse has been shaped by prevalent politics, the use of faith for political reasons, a nod to nostalgia, a cocktail of facts and rumours laced with speculation, and ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published August 30th 2013 by Yoda Press
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I wanted to like this collection, I really did. But I was disappointed by the insufferable self-absorption and privilege on display in most of these stories. For many of the writers, Partition seems to be a vague source of angst and the other side is a focus of dimly understood nostalgia. If Partition had not happened, these writers muse, perhaps their marriage prospects would have been enhanced and they would have more vacation destinations on which to expend their disposable incomes. Sprinkle ...more
Vivek Tejuja
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What is home? What is its meaning? Does it lose its value when disassociated from it? When torn away and not being able to look at it and then made to rely only on memory to experience what it feels like to be home. What is home then? What was home during the Partition of India? Two countries were formed no doubt. The herald of a new beginning some would say and yet it was disastrous for so many. Perhaps, it has reached a stage that while it exists in our subconscious, we yet are afraid to ackno ...more
Feb 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Nice and insightful. Some stories were very beautiful.
The best part about this book was the confluence of people from different fields sharing the same topic of the partition. A take from this side and people from that side.
Nirbhay Kanoria
Dec 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A must read for everyone. Besides the graphics being beautiful, the stories are thought-provoking, heart-wrenching and eye-opening. For example I knew very little about what happened in Bangladesh post-Partition.
Oct 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: paperbacks, war
The work of graphics in a graphic novel should be to assist in telling the story. The artwork should flow so smoothly that the reader is left wondering whether it would have been possible to do so in any other medium. An example would be the works of Joe Sacco, where the graphics and the story complement each other to such an extent that it becomes impossible to think of one without the other. This quality is, unfortunately, missing from 'This Side, That Side'.
While the artwork is beautiful in
Nov 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Stories on displacement? Maybe. In graphic novel form? Well of course! This is a splendid collection put together by Viswajyoti Ghosh narrating the stories of Partition, on the eastern as well as western flanks of the country. And I'll admit that I would never have come across such storehouses of talent had it not been for this collection. With wacky as well as simple illustrations and letterings, the stories deliver their message brilliantly.
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