8 Free Articles on Partition: Wasafiri (free until end of September)

This post contains links to 8 articles on partition by Wasafiri Magazine featuring Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi literature and culture, as well as other communities who were caught in the upheaval. These are free to read online until end of September 2017

The articles span the 33 year history of Wasafiri Magazine and include a piece on Independence Day from 1997, an interview with Salman Rushdie and an overview of South Asian Publishing, follow the links below for the full articles:


  • Volume 1 Issue 1 (1984)
  • S Menon Marath

S. Menon Marath made Ms literary debut in 1960 with the publication of The Wound of Spring. This was followed in 1968 with The Sale of an Island. Janu, from which this extract is taken, is unpublished. Like Marath’s previous novels it is particularly concerned with the world of Kerala in southern India.

Reflections in broken mirrors: Diverse diasporas in recent Parsi fiction

  • Volume 10 Issue 21 (1995)
  • Nilufer E. Bharucha

Among Indian English writers in diaspora, the case of Parsi writers is the most problematic. Other Indian expatriate writers are part of the postcolonial phenomenon of the ‘Empire Writing Back’. The Parsis, however, were in diaspora even in pre-colonial and colonial India. They are in fact in diverse diasporas.

Independence day: Reading Indian literatures in the 1990s

  • Volume 13 Issue 26 (1997)
  • Ashok Bery

It cannot have escaped anyone’s attention that independent India and Pakistan are 50 years old this year. The anniversary has been unavoidable. 1997 has already seen a stream of events and publications commemorating the anniversary, and more are to come: special issues of Granta, the New Yorker and the London Magazine; Sunil Khilnani’s timely book The Idea of India; an anthology of Indian writing edited by Salman Rushdie; conferences at the Universities of Cambridge, Sussex and Bologna, among other places. The special section of fiction, poetry and criticism in this issue is Wasafiri’s own, relatively restrained, contribution to the occasion.

Salman Rushdie talks to Alastair Niven

  • Volume 13 Issue 26 (1997)
  • Alastair Niven

Salman Rushdie is the author of six novels: Grimus, Midnights Children (awarded the Booker Prize and the James Tait Black Prize), Shame (winner of the French Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger), The Satanic Verses (winner of the Whitbread Prize for Best Novel) and The Moor’s Last Sigh. He has published two collections of short stories, Haroun and the Sea of Stories and East, West, as well as an acclaimed volume of critical essays entitled Imaginary Homelands. He has also worked on television documentaries and in brand advertising. In the autumn of 1994, just before the publication of East, West, Salman Rushdie was one of the distinguished guests present at a conference held at the University of London’s, Queen Mary & Westfield College on literatures of the South Asian ‘diasporas’ in Britain. He talked to Dr. Alastair Niven, Literature Director of the Arts Council of England, about his recent work and his own position as an Asian writer resident in Britain. The following interview is a shortened transcript of that discussion.

South Asian Literature and Global Publishing

  • Volume 22 Issue 3 (2007)
  • Sarah Brouillette

In what follows I highlight developments in publishing that challenge existing understandings of the relationship between South Asian literature and globalisation.

History of the Indian Ocean: A Review Essay

  • Volume 26 Issue 2 (2011)
  • Michael Pearson

In a much-quoted cautionary statement, the great historian of the Mediterranean, Fernand Braudel, wrote that ‘A historical study centred on a stretch of water has all the charms but undoubtedly all the dangers of a new departure’ (vol. 1 19). Undaunted, over the last few years there have been a host of new publications on the Indian Ocean. This essay addresses some of the most recent work published in English, while also mentioning a few older works which have some standing as seminal or foundational texts dealing specifically with the Indian Ocean.

‘Alive and significant’

  • Volume 27 Issue 2 (2012)
  • Sarah Victoria Turner

On 12 November 1940, as London was besieged by the bombings of the Blitz, a photographic exhibition entitled ‘Aspects of Indian Art’ opened in the Reading Rooms of the Warburg Institute, then housed at the Imperial Institute in South Kensington. It was curated by the Austrian-Jewish-turned-Hindu art historian Stella Kramrisch. As a cultural occasion, this exhibition has since been little remarked on. It was, however, by no means small or unambitious, consisting of 250 photographs, which were shown first in London and then subsequently toured around a number of provincial cities and towns, including Manchester, Liverpool, Darlington and Cambridge.

The Hijra Comes in from the Heat and Dust

  • Volume 30 Issue 4 (2015)
  • Kaiser Haq

Anyone who has been to South Asia has come across hijras in towns and cities, conspicuously different from the average man or woman, in appearance, garb, demeanour. They do regular rounds in markets, collecting what could be called a tithe from shopkeepers. Always in small groups, they hustle people in cars waiting at crossroads for the go signal. Given half a chance they whisk away mobile phones or other valuable objects and make a quick getaway in the thick traffic.

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