A complete catalogue of Aanchal's writing.

Books

Main, solo & full-length works

Remnants of a Separation: The History of the Partition of India through Material Memory

HARPER COLLINS, 2017

Remnants of a Separation is an Oral History archive and the first and only material study of the Partition of India, studying those objects that refugees brought with them when they migrated across the border at the Partition of the Subcontinent in 1947. These objects tell stories of families, society, love, relationships, loss, displacement and yearning for a home that now exists on the other side of an unnatural border.

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Other Books

Contributions to various anthologies and publications.

South Asian Popular Culture, Vol. 1-2

TAYLOR & FRANCIS, 2016

A Gaz and a Ghar: From Lahore to Amritsar

Collectively, what is presented in this Special Issue is a juxtaposition of form and content of graphic novels and visual culture in terms of their aesthetics, forms of production, their possible critical readings, and the different relationships and points of intersections across text, genres, different media and the cul- tural politics that they occupy amongst artists, practitioners of the form, fans and readers, scholars and consumers. These configurations chart how visual cultures across South Asia are responding to a new world order.

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SHIFT: Conventions

OCAD STUDENT PRESS, 2011

Altering Perspective: An Analysis on Reading Images Internally

What is in a convention? A convention evolves out of necessity, repetition, and familiarity. Conventions are in place to ensure that comfortable constants are available to facilitate ease of use, transfer of knowledge, and most things that require communication in the broadest sense of the word. Everything you will find in this issue of Shift: Conventions represents the remarkable potential of language—both written and pictorial—to inform, excite, and express ideas.

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Other Writing

Writing for various newspapers, blogs, and journals.

That Which Remains

LIVE MINT, OCTOBER 2016

“At independence, Karachi was relatively safe,” says the woman sitting before me. “And we were Sindhi before anything else. Indian or Pakistani didn’t matter to us much, and if Sindh was in Pakistan, well, that is where we would remain.”

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Jamun: The humble fruit that holds a special place in India’s history and mythology

LIVE MINT, OCTOBER 2016

“Four annas, that’s how much a handful of jamuns cost in 1960,” exclaims my grandmother, holding up the ripe fruit in her hands. Her eyes light up as she remembers the wide roads around India Gate lined with the vibrant jamun trees all through summer.

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If there’s a heaven, it’s just opened its first independent bookshop

SCROLL.IN, MARCH 2016

One night at dinner, as we discussed these three great men and the legacies they have left behind, my father jokingly said heaven must now be looking forward to opening its first independent bookshop under the tutelage of the pioneers of Indian bookselling.

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Letter from Jor Bagh

THE DELHIWALLA, MARCH 2016

Sitting on the park bench with her, I felt a kind of calm that I didn’t even know was attainable. Perhaps it was because we were talking about her husband and my grandfather, and by extension about her and my grandmother,

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I don't love Delhi

SCROLL.IN, JANUARY 2016

“Sometimes, I think many people have this misconception that I love Delhi. I don’t love Delhi,” he says. “For me, it’s like this – you know when you’re in a comfortable relationship with someone, or have been living with them for a long time, they become a sort of habit. Delhi for me is the same. It’s become my habit.”

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Why I became a Memory Keeper

SCROLL.IN, DECEMBER 2016

Every single one of us, young or old, have a responsibility towards our history. We must act as its reservoirs, fill ourselves with the memories of ancestors, their stories, their longing, their lessons and their triumphs. 

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