Troubled Pilgrimage: Passage to Pakistan
|Born in Lahore
in present-day Pakistan, Balwant Bhaneja grew up in the
exiled Sindhi Hindu community of Delhi, before emigrating to
Canada. Troubled Pilgrimage is his account of a
journey to his ancestral Sindh in Pakistan. Struggling
against the preconceptions nurtured in post-1947 India, and
his own recent fears of the country he’s about to visit,
Bhaneja finds in Sindh the familiar and the strange, a
homeland whose experience is as warm as it is wrenching,
dispelling misunderstandings while raising profound
questions about himself. This account is at once a
meditation on exile, home, and identity, and on being a
modern Canadian, as it is a journey into the enchanting,
mystical land that was lost to his people at the Partition.
“The book’s value is in the view it offers of a place . . . that most Canadians will never visit and the understanding that comes from such a view.”
—The Ottawa Citizen
"[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. 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, author of Fabrizio's Return
"Troubled Pilgrimage is the moving account of Balwant Bhaneja’s search for his ancestral roots in post-911 Pakistan...along the way sharing his reflections on memory, identity, irrevocable loss and strange twists of fate that determine our lives."
—james loney, author of Captivity: 118 Days in Iraq and The Struggle for a World Without War
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-927494-26-4
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eBook ISBN: 978-1-927494-35-6 (EPUB)
Publication Date: October 2013
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