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Hope I didn’t annoyed you with this repetition. It’s just that it’s a surprise for me. I don’t even right much these days so……

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Partition, marginalization and a narrative of forgotten histories Toon Ghar Chala Ja – Book reviewπŸ“š

Toon Ghar Chala Ja ( You Should Go Home) marks the return to short story writing by Maqsood Saqib, co-editor of the Punjabi language monthly magazine Puncham. Saqib is a veteran language activist whose intellectual inspiration remains grounded in a revolutionary Marxist framework. The 20 short stories in his latest collection reveal his reflections on literary form. He wants to place forgotten histories at the heart of narrative construction.

His quirky memorable characters offer a doorway into an unseen past. Partition confront us in story after story – a spectre that haunts tales such as Muradan (Desires), Te Pakistan Ban Gaya Si ( And Pakistan Had Been Made) and Ralli (Intermeshed).

Te Pakistan Ban Gaya Si unfolds in the aftermaths of the ravages of Partition in Punjab. A year has gone by, roads have reopened and some semblance of terse normalcy returns to life. Yet a cloud hangs over the passengers in a small bus makes its way to Lahore. The author writes:

Piles and piles ( of bodies), drenched in drumfuls of kerosene were burned. Yet the smell of these burning corpses would not leave the city. A few hundred tubs of phenyl had been emptied; and unlimited amounts of DDT sprayed everywhere.

This pungent enveloping smell becomes a lurking presence in Saqib’s stories. An instance of the smell, when in 1 of the stories the passengers:

quietly watch a “Hindu in hiding” be taken off the bus and butchered in the fields. At the end of this story, the passengers congratulating each other, leaving us with a sobering yet terrifying realization that, in many ways, a new Muslim homeland has stoked afresh the very contradictions of communalism it had sort to resolve.

The writer’s critique of religious nationalism is also developed in other stories through another narrative device the mode of oral story-telling. The stories Lafzon ki Taakat ( the power of words), Ralli and Muradan bring to the fore marginalized voices from low caste, working class characters, presenting a snapshot into experiences that find no place in the grand narratives of nationalist histories; yet live on in the every day and popular wisdom of ordinary people.

Lafzon ki Taakat is knitted around an affectionate exchange between a young man and his aging grandmother, in whose bespectacled eyes he finds the spark of a forgotten anti-colonial resistance. The grand mother in the story tells us the tale of the historical figures of Jabru ( born in a Hindu barber family) and Nizam (Muslim) – no religious differences were considered in those times though. These 2 men tagged as thieves by the British; but celebrated as heroes by common men.

Muradan is a heart warming tale of a Muslim woman’s parental attachment to a young calf rescued from a cow shelter during Partition. When they subsequently separate from each other there’s a deep sense of loss and cultural destruction. Miss Rebellious won’t reveal more πŸ˜ˆπŸ™Š. Read the story yourself for more. Hahaha! Then, the remnants of Magic Realism surfaces in the story, as Muradan, childless and middle aged finds milk flowing from her breasts. This change is effected by her love for the innocent calf – Bhola Nath. The story has elements of a local folk culture, a modern short story and Punjabi oral culture. The tone of the stories is collocial and direct. The writer attaches a conversational style to the tales.

Lafzon ki Taakat, Muradan, Ralli and Toon Ghar Chala Ja tell us how the people of that time resisted the divide. They are also about the fragmented survival of the cultural paradigm. πŸ˜ˆπŸ™Š.

In many stories of this collection we encounter the cultural and political aftermaths of Partition. It’s a much needed piece of fiction, because it views partition as a process that unfolded over the decades following 1947; rather than a single tumultuous event.

In conclusion, Saqib’s stories explore the memories of Partition. They are a nationalist narrative. He tells the tales of contemporary history and cultural transformation in Punjab, through the lens of it’s most marginalized inhabitants – women, peasants and low caste workers. A must read! Miss Rebellious is going to grab her copy and read it with a cup of coffeeβ˜•. When are you planning to read it? Make it soon before you regret.

My 14th Dhamaka πŸŽ‰9th nomination for the Sunshine bloggers Award

So Sam Mubz has nominated me for the Sunshine Bloggers award again. This is the 14th time that I’ve been nominated for any bloggers award. I use the word Dhamaka for all my nominations. This is my 14th Dhamaka πŸŽ‰. I hope not the last one though. This is also the 9th time that I’ve been nominated for the Sunshine Bloggers award. It’s such a huge honor. I still consider myself new to the world of blogging. Every nomination is a blessing. So, thank you once again Sam Mubz!

Sam Mubz, an extremely talented blogger and now a very dear friend; her blog is about education, love, poetry, literature and life. Check her blog out at

http://samsedblog.wordpress.com

Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you; and provide a link back to their blogging site.
  2. Answer the questions.
  3. Nominate 11 other bloggers; and ask them 11 new questions.
  4. Notify the nominees about it by commenting on 1 of their blog posts m
  5. List the rules, and display the Sunshine Bloggers award logo on your site or on your post.

Sam Mubz! the answers to your questions are:

  • What wierd food combination do you really enjoy?

– simple boiled rice with milk and sugarπŸ˜‹. I know it’s somewhat childish; but what to do I just love it.

2 When did something start out badly for you but in the end it was great?

– Just recently, someone paid me to do some research work for her. She literally had to cry buckets to convince me to do it; because I felt it was not fair on my part to research in place of someone else. I mean she should do it herself na! But then, she convinced me saying that she’ll research herself; and send everything to me. I just have to guide her in writing it because her grammar is not good. She can’t write good enough. So, I agreed, because I thought that correcting grammatical mistakes doesn’t mean that I’ve done something unfair. Does it? Anyways, as soon as she paid me, she started behaving like my boss; and I was supposed to be her employee. I was literally dancing to her tunes. In my mind, I always thought that I was helping her. Somehow, It never occurred to me initially that; I’m working for her. So, it was a bumpy ride. It took me a month to realize that ok she’s my boss nowπŸ˜‚. Silly me! But once it suncked in, everything went well. And, the work is almost over now. And, I can relax. Celebration mode on!P.s Yesterday, she text me saying that I’ve been troubling you loads na.

That was an experience – a good experience because it made me learn a lot. So, if someone asks me to write something on the similar pattern in future; I’ll be better prepared to deal with her this time.

3 What’s something that’ll always be in fashion no matter how much time passes?

– I believe that you’re not talking about clothes here. Are you? I’ll say, the relationship between parents and children doesn’t change no matter how much time passes πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘¦. Parents always love you; be it parents of 1948 or 2029. They’ll scold you when alone but clap the loudest for you at your convocation ceremony. Similarly, if parents are friendly with you, it doesn’t mean that; children of 2040 stop respecting their parents.

4 What social stigma does the society need to get over?

– Plenty! Woman of today is better than that of 1947 for example, we still have to go a long way though. Mental illnesses is not a taboo. Talk about it more so that we walk towards a solution. Your child is your responsibility, but you can’t make decisions for them. Our environment is as much as our responsibility as it’s of the government. Corruption is the biggest evil. Be kind to the disabled as much as possible, or those suffering from fatal deseases. Ridicule won’t cure them. I don’t understand why the society leaves you to sulk in loneliness, the very moment when you need someone’s support the most. Space and self respect is as important as breathing is. Lastly, education is the key to fight social stigma or another problem no matter how big it is. Dowry is another issue. Men have their own problems, but they don’t get the support that they should; because they are men and they’re supposed to be the 1 who supports. So they don’t need any support themselves. This attitude is wrong. Education helps you to distinguish between what’s right and what’s wrong. It enables you to take a stand for yourself and for others. And the list goes on….

5 If you couldn’t be convicted of any 1 type of crime. What criminal charge would you like to be immune to?

– I hate abusers to death. Any 1 who abuses the the weak mentally, physically or verbally need to punished severely. Abusive parents, abusive husbands, abusive wives, pedophiles, abusive bosses….. I’d like to shoot them on the spot if I’ll not be convicted of it later onπŸ”«. Court proceedings take a lot of time and energy too. The judgements are not always fair. That’s why, I said I want them to be shot dead. If given a chance to abusers to refer to the court, they can escape easily after manipulation or corruption. Your servant or your maid is not your property. Talking to them nicely won’t cost you anything. That’s my opinion, you can disagree if you want to.

6 What movie can you watch over and over without ever getting tired of?

– Difficult question, I love movies. I can watch anything any time. I never get bored. So difficult to choose 1. I’d say, Dilwale Dulhanya Le Jaye Gay, Hum AP K Hain Kon, The Lion King, A Walk to Remember and The Notebook🍿.

7 Where do you get your news?

– News papers, news channels and the social media.

8 If you job gave you a surprise 3 days paid break to rest and recuperate what would you do with those 3 days?

– interesting question! I’d:

  • Sleep for 24 hours at least 😴 πŸ˜‚.
  • I’d plan a dinner with friends and watch my favorite movie🍿.
  • I’d go on a vacation for a day, and visit some place that has beachesβ›±οΈπŸŒŠ.

9 What’s wrong but seems right?

– Love! I’m not talking about siblings, friends or parents. When you’re in love everything seems right. The world seems under your feet. The love that you share with your better halves is not wrong but it’s risky. If your love interest loves you back, even then there’ll be many fingers ready to point at you. If it’s one sided, the one-sided lover has to suffer alone. Arranged marriages are sometimes a blessing, but difficult at others unless your spouse supports you endlessly. Matters of the heart are the biggest gamble possible. So, if love offers roses 🌹 be ready for thorns too. I don’t mean, don’t fall in love. Of course! every one should. Don’t expect to be rescued by your prince charming though. Be ready to stand for yourself; and pass the tests life throws at your feet with flying colors. Apart from that I don’t think there’s something wrong but seems right. What’s wrong is wrong.

10 What’s the most epic way you’ve seen some one quit or be fired?

– I’m not the right person to ask this question. I’ve never done a job before. Still, I’ll tell you an incident. I went to do a teaching job once. I taught there for 1 day. I’m so soft spoken! I quit the next day. I realized that teaching is not my cup of tea. After that I’m a writer. I write on line. For me that’s more than an epic quit!

11) What are some red flags to watch out for in daily life?

  • – Be dedicated to your profession if you don’t want to loose your job.
  • Take care of your health so that you don’t fall ill.
  • Be careful while walking or driving to avoid accidents
  • If you are a student study hard for good grades and better future.
  • Be loyal to your relationships.

These top my list.

My questions:

  1. What makes you happy the most?
  2. Share your 5 strengths?
  3. Describe yourself in 1 word?
  4. What are you grateful for right now?
  5. Share an incident that made you strongly believe in yourself?
  6. Share an incident that taught you something you’ll never forget?
  7. Do you have any writing habit on your blog that bugs you; and you try to stop doing it?
  8. Is there any particular type of characterization in a story that appeals to you. ( Romance, Redemption, Revenge, be the very best like no 1 ever was etc.)
  9. We’ve made this an official award ceremony. What are you going to wear?
  10. Who is accompanying you?
  11. When you accept your award, who would you thank in your speech?

I nominate:

If I forgot some 1 please don’t feel bad. I could only nominate 11. I’ll make it up to you; if I get a chance next time ☺️.

My 13th Dhamaka πŸŽ‰ My second nomination for the Mystery bloggers Award

Sam Mubz has nominated me for the Mystery Bloggers Award. I’m grateful to her for her kind gesture. This is the 13th time that I’ve been nominated for any bloggers award. I use the word Dhamaka for all my blogging nominations. So, this is my 13th Dhamaka πŸŽ‰. It’s my second nomination for the Mystery Bloggers Award though.

What is the Mystery Bloggers Award?

According to Okoto Enigma the Mystery Bloggers Award is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blogs have some magnetism that not only captivates, inspires, motivates the readers but also adds to their knowledge. These bloggers are 1 of the best out there, and they deserve every nomination they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging ; and do it with so much love and passion.

Rules:

  1. Put the award logo or image on your blog.
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank who ever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  5. Tell the readers 3 things about yourself.
  6. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people.
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blogs.
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with 1 wierd or funny question (specify).
  9. Share a link to your best post(s).

Thank you once again Sam Mubz. Her blog is about education, love, poetry, literature and life. Please, check her blog out; at:

http://samsedblog.wordpress.com

Please, check the blog of the creator of the award Okoto Enigma if you want to know anything more about it; at:

http://www.okotoenigmasblog.com/my-greatest-creation-yet/

Sam Mubz the answers to your questions are:

  1. Does writing energize you or exhaust you?

– I can write for more than 48 hours without getting bored. It’s my passion. I enjoy it. So, it energizes me. It’s my stress buster. It gives me self satisfaction. I can never get tired or exhausted of writing πŸ™‚.

2 What’s the first book that made you cry?

– It was A Walk to Remember. I couldn’t stop shedding tears the first time I read it. It’s too emotional. It’s heart wrenching πŸ’”. It forced me to keep wondering for days; why is life so unfair to the good people? Why do innocent, pure souls have to leave their loved ones so early 😭😒?

3 What’s the most unethical practice in the publishing industry?

– Plenty. I can’t name just 1. I find the following unethical or unjust for writers. I hope something could be done about them some day. They are:

  1. Plagerism
  2. Not giving due credit to the original writer. Sometimes, people don’t mention the writer at all. And, take all the credit themselves.
  3. Not paying the writer anything. Or paying too less.
  4. The 1 who gives the money, thinks that the writer is a servant now, so I can use his talent the way I want. Even if it means not lift a finger and over burdening the writer with work and unreal expectations; because I have paid so everything is justified.

About the last point; I say. Payment is every writer’s right. He gets paid, because of his talent and hard work. Writers are humans too. They have their personal lives. Their can be times that they can’t live up to your expectations. You pay to appreciate the writer’s talent. Money doesn’t give the employers any right to make puppets out of writers. That’s unfair!

4 What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?

– I’m a part of several social media groups that promote literature. I treasure every piece of literature, that I get my hands on. However, I’ve not been on any literary pilgrimages yet. I’m so busy in my own life that I didn’t get a chance to go on a single 1 yet. I want to go though. So, if I get a chance to fulfill my wish in future in future. I’ll grab it imidiately, without a second thought. 1 day hopefully!

5 Does a big ego help or hurt writers? (funny)?

– Be it writers, or someone belonging to another profession. Ego never does any good to anyone. It only harms everything. Relationships or jobs. Keeping your egos always in check is the key to be a successful person. A prosperous writer doesn’t let his ego lead his way.

3 things about me are:

  1. I love traveling.
  2. I’m passionate about writing as a whole; not just blogging.
  3. I love to read anything and everything.

I nominate:

Questions for my nominations:

  1. What makes you happy?
  2. Share your 5 strengths?
  3. Describe yourself in 1 word?
  4. What are you grateful for right now?
  5. Share an incident that made you strongly believe in yourself. Or an incident that taught you something you’ll never forget. (wierd).

    My best posts are:

    Childhood cant be bought with money

    Sometimes just sometimes its ok for men to cry

    Precious Princesses

    Hear me too

    Cup of cappuccino

    Dont let disability lead you! Show her how to live life instead!

    Sandwich criticism between 2 layers of praise