Stories that inspired Virsā Artworks — The Partition of India

Who’s this Radcliffe guy anyway? (Virsā Artwork inspired by this story: Purana Qila - The Old Fort)

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Who’s this Radcliffe guy anyway? (Virsā Artwork inspired by this story: Purana Qila - The Old Fort)

Purana Qila Refugee Camp, September 1947. My mother had taught me how to sew, I told them, so they would accept me in the sewing group. Well, the honest truth is I was too little and I used to watch her use the *Charkha and spin khaddar and then color it and embroider upon it with silken pat. She wanted me to learn and become the best embroiderer in our *Pind. All this until that tranquil, simple life was shorn away to bits by these politicians. The Radcliffe Line does not determine where my village started and where it ended...

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Nineteen Forty-Seven (Virsā Artwork inspired by this story: The Partition - 1947)

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Nineteen Forty-Seven (Virsā Artwork inspired by this story: The Partition - 1947)

Old Delhi – the night of August 15, 1947. “My mother was in the middle of cooking dinner when my uncle arrived home unexpectedly, drenched in blood, badly injured, confirming ominous news that the insurgents were on their way to our neighborhood and that we must leave immediately. My mother looked at my father, who had his gun out already and we all watched him run out of the house. We never saw him again”. I was only 10 then. I am 80 now. Sometimes I still dream of our house in *Nizamuddin; my cozy little room that I shared...

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