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Troubled Pilgrimage

Passage to Pakistan

by Balwant Bhaneja

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Troubled Pilgrimage: A Passage to Pakistan is about a journey by the author, a retired Canadian diplomat, who is visiting his ancestral land of Sindh and Punjab in Pakistan, the first visit since he was five. Bhaneja's Hindu family had to leave their homeland following the Partition of the Indian subcontinent in August 1947.

The author's journey begins at the Birla House in New Delhi, India where Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated by a Hindu extremist over sixty years ago, from where he travels into Pakistan during the troubled and violent spring of 2006. The reader is taken through bustling Islamabad, the back streets of the author's birthplace Lahore, and to the more remote, and mysterious towns of Sukkur, Rohiri, and Shikarpur in Upper Sindh, the ancestral land from which he and his family were exiled. After revelations about his past, his nation and his people he returns to Delhi for an audience with the "Refugee" Prime Minister I.K. Gujral.

The trans-cultural narrative deals with the universal theme of displacement and how it impacts mind and psyche of those involved. It is a thoughtful work about how our multiple identities shape and get played out in a globalized world. What makes some to leave their homelands while others to stay on despite fears and uncertainties of impending future? is about a journey by the author, a retired Canadian diplomat, who is visiting his ancestral land of Sindh and Punjab in Pakistan, the first visit since he was five. Bhaneja's Hindu family had to leave their homeland following the Partition of the Indian subcontinent in August 1947.

The author's journey begins at the Birla House in New Delhi, India where Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated by a Hindu extremist over sixty years ago, from where he travels into Pakistan during the troubled and violent spring of 2006. The reader is taken through bustling Islamabad, the back streets of the author's birthplace Lahore, and to the more remote, and mysterious towns of Sukkur, Rohiri, and Shikarpur in Upper Sindh, the ancestral land from which he and his family were exiled. After revelations about his past, his nation and his people he returns to Delhi for an audience with the "Refugee" Prime Minister I.K. Gujral.

The trans-cultural narrative deals with the universal theme of displacement and how it impacts mind and psyche of those involved. It is a thoughtful work about how our multiple identities shape and get played out in a globalized world. What makes some to leave their homelands while others to stay on despite fears and uncertainties of impending future”

Contributor Notes

Balwant Bhaneja was born in Lahore and left India in 1965 for Canada. Author of five books, he has written widely on politics, science and arts. His recent works include: collaboration with Indian playwright Vijay Tendulkar, entitled: Two Plays: The Cyclist and His Fifth Woman (2006) published by Oxford University Press (India) and Quest for Gandhi: A Nonkilling Journey (2011) by the Center of Global Nonkilling, Honolulu, Hawaii. Bhaneja's short fiction has appeared in South Asian periodicals and his plays have been produced by the BBC World Service and Toronto's Maya Theatre at Harbourfront. Currently, he is doing the play adaptation of a novel, Fabrizio's Return by Mark Frutkin for Ottawa's Odyssey Theatre.

Editorial Review

"[Troubled Pilgrimage] is a celebration of pluralism" --Quill & Quire

"Bill Bhaneja delivers an unusual and captivating on-the-ground view of the Upper Sindh region of Pakistan. Having spent his early childhood there, a Canadian diplomat of East Indian ancestry he returns many years later to hunt for his past. As expected, some things are the same but many other realities have changed. This is an enjoyable story of a pilgrimage to a part of the world few Western tourists have explored. His travels to Sindh are book-ended by another hunt: for the great leader and teacher, Mahatma Gandhi, who Bhaneja, as a young child, saw many times at prayer gatherings. Altogether, a fascinating journey." --Mark Frutkin

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