The life and times of India’s first female radio newsreader Saeeda Bano will be published in a new book, originally written in Urdu as a memoir, Penguin Random House India announced on Monday.
The book, titled “Off the Beaten Track”, is translated into English by Bano’s granddaughter Shahna Raza from her 1994 memoir “Dagar Se Hataar”.
The memoir takes the reader through events of great personal impact in her life such as dropping out of a suffocating marriage, witnessing the violence of Partition, moving to Lucknow as a single mother from Delhi, a toast with Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru Khana and Girna fall in love with a married man – Nuruddin Ahmed, who, during their twenty-five-year relationship, became the Mayor of Delhi.
“Unflinching and Riving, ‘Off the Beaten Track’ provides a personal account of the partition of a newly independent India and the capital city of the capital.” A tale of hope and resilience, it is an unforgettable exploration of a charming woman; in a statement The publishers said that readers have to face excitement and social pressure to reflect what it means to live.
The book, co-published by Juban Publishers, will hit Stands on October 12.
(This story is published from a wire agency feed without textual modifications.)
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