A Journey Interrupted : Being India In Pakistan

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Author: Versey Farzana
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers India
Edition: 2008-05-14
ISBN-10: 8172237553
ISBN-13: 9788172237554
No of pages: 300
Weight: 223
Language: English
Book binding: Paperback

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Farzana Versey writes regular columns on politics, communalism, gender, culture, society, and the media. She has written for The Asian Age, Illustrated Weekly of India, Times of India, Sunday Observer, Gentleman, Deccan Chronicle, The Friday Times (Pakistan), CounterPunch (USA) and several other print and online publications. Her poetry and short stories have also been published. She is presently working on a biography of former Indian prime minister V P Singh.

'You need to be deported,' said the retired army general. What follows is not deportation but the beginning of an exploration. An exploration that is nuanced by the identity of the narrator: an Indian Muslim woman travelling alone in a space notoriously difficult to negotiate, vis-a-vis its history and politics. From travelling in the cockpit of the PIA aircraft to having the door shut in her face by a born-again nationalist to attending parties in perfumed salons to examining the minorities; from being treated as a philistine to engaging in enlivening conversations with those who had to pay the price for dissent, the author attempts to understand what it means to live in Pakistan today. In the course of her journey, at times interrupted, through the cities of Karachi, Islamabad, Lahore and Peshawar, Farzana Versey finds herself struggling with her own identity 'When I was on the soil of the land of the pure, my impurity struck me. I was the emotional mulatto,' she writes. A Journey Interrupted is not your conventional travelogue. In the vignettes the author weaves together, of living and travelling in a complex society, the personal becomes the political. And the picture that emerges is of a changing nation with a unique mix of religious tradition and barely-in-check liberalism. In these times of political and social unrest in Pakistan, this is a timely book - one that delves into the Pakistani mind and traces the chasms in its recent history.