By Anirban Dhar
Price: Rs. 990 | Genre: Fiction | Pages: 474 | Language: English | Binding: Paperback | ISBN: 978-93-87855-36-6
This novel named ‘The Descendents’ authored by Pratima Dhar, translated from Bengali by Amitava Chatterjee, accounts for a first-hand experience of the author as a child who, along with her family, migrated to West Bengal, from East Pakistan, now called Bangladesh, during the Partition of undivided India into India and West and East Pakistan. She talks about how people united by the same language, Bengali, were now divided based on their religion, Hindu or Muslim, and how the people of the minority religion were exploited by the majority even to give up their religion for the sake of their lives. She recalls how once the most joyful topic of discussion for her parents, their homeland, could no longer bring smiles on their faces. The country which was once ruled by foreigners had now become foreign to its natives itself. After the partition, they were ever since deprived of the land that belonged to her forefathers which now belonged to East Pakistan. The novel tries to puts forward the emotional turmoil men, women and children had to go through during such a life-changing event and the trauma that carries on for generations.