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The Pages of My Life: Autobiography and Selected Stories

Hiranandani, Popati
Panjwani, Jyoti
Oxford University Press
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From Google Books: “Popati Hiranandani's (1924-2007) autobiography translated by Jyoti Panjwani unfolds the experiences of her personal life trapped in the geo-political debris of pre-and post-Partition India. Hiranandani traces the agony and ecstasy of her life, the critical junctures of becoming and unbecoming in the life of a Sindhi woman, as the two phases of her pre-Partition and post-Partition life are fused by the inconsolable and unmitigated trauma triggered by the loss of home. Through an exegesis of gender relations in colonial and post-colonial India and scrutiny of personal experiences and memories, Hiranandani offers her understanding of the real obstacles that come in women's ways of wielding autonomy over their lives. Hiranandani's short stories posit a fictional account of multifaceted existence of womanhood. Caught in the web of nostalgia, agony, pain of separation, and reunion-both imaginary and real, Hiranandani's protagonists attempt to veil their tears and recount the stories of the lives that remained untold and unheard for a long time.”