India’s freedom from British rule came at a heavy cost - The catastrophe of Partition accompanied by terrible violence. Whilst the contours of a free nation were being drawn by the political leaders in Delhi, the common people living in the land being contested were not consulted. As men made the decisions and wielded the swords, it was the women who had to bear the brunt of the carnage. At our Online Talk #PartitionAndThePeople, historical fiction writer Manreet Sodhi Someshwar brings the subaltern, the aam aadmi and aurat, out of the shadows and on the same stage as the political leadership to show the life-altering impact in places like Lahore, Hyderabad and Kashmir of decisions being taken in Delhi. In her conversation, she also talks about the intense research that went into the writing of ‘The Partition Trilogy’.
About the speaker
Manreet Sodhi Someshwar is an award-winning and bestselling writer of eight books, including the Mehrunisa series, the critically-acclaimed ‘The Long Walk Home’ and ‘The Radiance of a Thousand Suns’, and most recently, ‘The Partition Trilogy’. Hailed as 'a star on the literary horizon' by Khushwant Singh and garnering endorsements from Gulzar for two of her books, Manreet lives in New York City with her husband, daughter and cat.