1) Write short notes on:
a) Pains of Partition
b) Family bonding and disintegration
Ans. a) India was a colony for over 200 years and this struggle for independence is deeply rooted in the Indian psyche. More than this, another momentous event of partition is taken up by the authors. Heinous activity, cruelty, barbarism have left deep scars in Indian minds. Different aspects of partition have been dealt with by many writers specially who have themselves undergone that experience. His most famous book is “Train to Pakistan”. Another important book by him is “Ghadar 1915: India’s first Armed Revolution”. There are some women writers who have also written about the partition of 1947. Manju Kapur has, in fact, made it the background of her novel “Difficult Daughter” that was published in 1998. Nina Sibal painted a vivid picture of partition in her novel “Yatra” and “What the body remembers” by Shauna Baldwain also throws light on the pains of Partition.
b) Among all the countries of the world, the institution of family is of supreme importance in India. Even in this post modern world, Family still plays the pivotal role. There have been continuous twists and turns in the cobweb of family relationship. Many writers have written profusely on it but basically women writers have dealt with an extra edge. Shashi Deshpandey, Kamala Markandeya, Nayantara Sahgal , to name a few. Earlier, India had joint family system but with rapid industrialization and to meet out the search of better opportunities of employment, the families gradually acquired the shape of nuclear ones. Urban migration started with the shifting of masses from rural to urban areas to meet out the challenges of earning living. Such issues also dealt with seriously by many writers in all the languages in India. Both the genres of short stories and novels take up ‘Family’ as an important issue and then the different...
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