Beyond The Border

Beyond The Border

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a€˜I was born in India. Your grandparents were born in what is now Pakistan. But they live in India and I in Pakistan. Strange, isna€™t it?a€™ Beyond the Border, based on two journeys to Pakistan, is a strikingly unconventional account of what life is like for a€˜ordinarya€™ Pakistanis. Yoginder Sikand discovers a country that only remotely resembles the stereotype of the hostile Muslim neighbour all too common in the Indian imagination. From Shiela, the daughter of a feudal landlord, named after her mothera€™s Indian best friend, to the owner of a rundown local eatery who refused to take any money as Sikand was the first Indian to visit his stall, the authora€™s encounters with Pakistanis from all walks of life in Lahore, Multan, Hyderabad (Sind), Moenjo Daro, Bhit Bhah, Islamabada€”among other placesa€”reveal a country that is unexpected, paradoxical and rich in diverse narratives. Departing from the fi ercely polemical rhetoric common in Indian and Pakistani accounts of each other, Yoginder Sikand not only goes beyond the strategista€™s view of the Indiaa€“Pakistan divide, but dispels the myths about Pakistan as the terrible a€˜othera€™ that have fi ltered into the Indian psyche. This brilliantly perceptive and quirky travelogue illuminates the Pakistani side of the story while telling Sikanda€™s own tale of exploration and self-discovery.... schools and organizations. Sheila was mesmerized by him, and so was I. a#39;Yes, Yogi, of course you should go to Gujranwala with Ammar beta, a#39; ... The room seemed to have been decorated by a professional interior designer. A green carpetanbsp;...

Title:Beyond The Border
Author:Yoginder Sikand
Publisher:Penguin UK - 2011-07-19


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