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Remnants of Partition webinar w/ Aanchal Malhotra

30 Jun 2021 – 14:00 BST
Royal Society for Asian Affairs (online event)

Join author of Remnants of Partition Aanchal Malhotra for a webinar at the Royal Society for Asian Affairs.

The emotion and trauma of the Partition are buried deep, but Aanchal Malhotra has found a way to recover them. Through the possessions saved by her own great-grandparents as they fled their homes, she discovers the unique power of such objects: to unlock the secrets of a colossal human migration, and a life that once was.

Remnants of Partition is a remarkable alternative history, telling the family stories hidden within items carried between the new India and Pakistan, amid chaos and violence. They uncover a rich tapestry of pain and rupture, but also of hope and connection – in belonging through belongings, and identities reforged.

From a string of pearls to a young woman’s poetry, this extraordinary book gives voice to the voiceless, restoring the everyday to a great drama of the twentieth century. Its power and poignancy will haunt the reader.

Aanchal Malhotra is a New Delhi-based artist and oral historian. She is the cofounder of the Museum of Material Memory, a digital repository tracing family histories and social ethnography through heirlooms, collectibles and antiques from the Indian subcontinent. She can be found on Instagram (@aanch_m), Twitter (@AanchalMalhotra) and her website (www.aanchalmalhotra.com).

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