Reading the World: India and Pakistan | Duke Kunshan University

Reading the World: India and Pakistan

"Reading the World" series is coming back!  Gaurav and Hajra in this session of "Reading the World" will share the literature and other cultural artifacts of India and Pakistan.  You may learn about the history and contemporary experiences of both nations through engaging in their literature and art.  Meanwhile, spend some time understanding more about how these two countries navigate their global presences. You are welcome to attend this event and ask your interested questions about India and Pakistan.

Time: 8:00-9:00 PM, Thursday, September 3

Location: Online, Zoom ID: 916 7343 0428

Speaker: Gaurav and Hajra

Books Recommendation:

A Passage to India (1924) is a novel by English author E. M. Forster based on Forster's experiences in India. Set against the backdrop of the British Raj and the Indian independence movement in the 1920s, the novel explores themes of identity, religion and the notion of what is India from a colonial lens. Although the perspective is largely of an outsider, the novel's appeal is a result of the fact that it attempts (but fails) to engage with the complex forces that are forging the freedom struggle and foreshadows the division of the country and the immediate aftermath of independence movement.  

[Available@DKU Library call no. PR6011.O58 P3 1984]

If They Come For Us (2018) is a collection of poetry by Pakistani-Kashmiri-American poet Fatima Asghar that explores themes of Partition and the legacy of Partition as well as some contemporary issues such as the Kashmir conflict, Trump's eviction order's against certain religious groups etc. Her poetry is resonant of a torn identity that lots of people from the region embody of having moved abroad to escape the horrors of the legacy of partition, and then seeking to re-engage with this past as a way to find their own belonging in the land they loved but had been forced to flee.