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Dera Baba Nanak

Dera Baba Nanak JO g IN d ER PAUL When an incident breaks through the confines of the body and takes hold of the soul, it remains with it for a lifetime. For this very reason for nearly half a century now, this dream creeps into my sleep time and again: right in front, a herd of cows; behind them grubby roly-poly, radiant children; and aer t ft hem the aged, their beards snow white, au fl tter . . . like birds. And at the very end . . . I. But wouldn’t it be better if I narrated the whole incident? At the time of Partition, riots had flared up throughout the country. Who- ever could manage a safe escape was considered a brave heart. Hordes of people moved from this side to that and from there to here. Finally we too arrived at Dera Baba Nanak from Sialkot. When we boarded the train, we had absolutely no idea where we were heading. Do the dead and the dumbstruck ever know which frontiers to cross and which to reach? But wherever the train stopped, we the dead would begin to breathe in fear of having reached the other world, where http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Manoa University of Hawai'I Press

Dera Baba Nanak

Manoa , Volume 31 (2) – Dec 18, 2019

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Abstract

JO g IN d ER PAUL When an incident breaks through the confines of the body and takes hold of the soul, it remains with it for a lifetime. For this very reason for nearly half a century now, this dream creeps into my sleep time and again: right in front, a herd of cows; behind them grubby roly-poly, radiant children; and aer t ft hem the aged, their beards snow white, au fl tter . . . like birds. And at the very end . . . I. But wouldn’t it be better if I narrated the whole incident? At the time of Partition, riots had flared up throughout the country. Who- ever could manage a safe escape was considered a brave heart. Hordes of people moved from this side to that and from there to here. Finally we too arrived at Dera Baba Nanak from Sialkot. When we boarded the train, we had absolutely no idea where we were heading. Do the dead and the dumbstruck ever know which frontiers to cross and which to reach? But wherever the train stopped, we the dead would begin to breathe in fear of having reached the other world, where

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Published: Dec 18, 2019

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