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  • By Frank J. Hoffman
    Jan 14, 2013
    My students and I very much enjoyed using A JOURNEY ALONE: RECOLLECTIONS OF A HINDU DAUGHTER in my class on the Philosophies and Religions of India during the Fall Semester of 2012. Students and I were impressed by Kanta Bhatia’s clear, informative, and engaging description of the partition of India based on her real life experience. It was significant for them to read a book written by a Hindu woman who had attended Gandhi’s funeral after his murder by Godse, a fundamentalist Hindu. There are detailed examples of the British occupation of India too. One is of her great-grandfather’s refusal to work for the British Raj in a British-only hospital (at the cost of five years’ imprisonment), and afterwards his treating poor patients for free in his clinic. A discussion particularly stimulating to the students was the first-hand account of Kanta Bhatia’s escape on a “ghost train” to India in July of 1947 from Lahore to Amsitsar on the Indian side of the border. After partition Lahore... More > became part of Pakistan and Kanta and her relatives were left with only the clothes they were wearing, not the mansions the family had formerly occupied in Lahore. From impoverished refugee to impecunious student in America, to establishing the South Asia Collection at University of Pennsylvania, Kanta Bhatia has shown enormous intelligence, courage, and resiliency throughout her life. As a versatile woman who in her lifetime established a library for the Shah of Iran and also did an important project for the Library of Congress, Kanta Bhatia’s life is as remarkable as the turbulent events she gives witness to in the history of South Asia. Highly recommended. – Frank J. Hoffman, Department of Philosophy, West Chester University, West Chester, PA 19383< Less
  • By joan schneider
    May 31, 2012
    This extraordinarily devoted Indian woman courageously set out to complete her education, as her father wished, in the United States. She admired this country for casting off British rule, but she knew little of its culture and daily life--not even that ice was slippery! Yet scrimping and saving to send money home to support the school her father founded, she built a notable career as a librarian. As she became known for her competence, hard work, and creativity, she traveled widely in this country and abroad, often under the aegis of the Library of Congress, building a unique collection at the University of Pennsylvania and helping other libraries here and abroad, learning languages as she needed them. She even spent a successful year working in Iran. A good read, with a fascinating accounts of her narrow escape at the time of the division of India and Pakistan.
  • By Dorothy Schneider
    May 9, 2012
    Kanta Bhatia can claim triple citizenship: citizen of India by heritage, birth,and upbringing; citizen of the United States by painful choice; and citizen of the world by career. In this fascinating memoir she describes her hair-raising escape from the riots that broke out when Pakistan was divided from India, the culture clash involved in her move to the U.S., and her wide-ranging travels for the Library of Congress. She comes off the page as a woman one longs to invite for dinner--again and again. -----Carl J. and Dorothy Schneider, Historians
  • By Elva Pepper
    May 7, 2012
    A Journey Alone, the memoir of the life of Kanta Bhatia, describes a life of adventure and scholarship, family loyalty and the ability to relate to people around the globe and form new friendships wherever she went. Kanta Bhatia was a unique woman, capable of combining all these qualities with warmth, integrity and a sense of humor. Her book is a delight to read.
  • By Dennis Hyde
    May 4, 2012
    This book is the story of one Indian woman's courage and ability to adapt in the face of the many challenges that she, her family and her homeland have endured from the mid-twentieth century to the present day. Kanta Bhatia begins her autobiography at her small village in north India and continues it through transitions to urban life in Amritsar and Lahore, the calamitous partition of India in 1947, escape and resettlement in New Delhi and eventual resettlement in the United States. While she depicts family issues and complications with great honesty and warmth, her story also reveals perseverance, intellectual growth and great professional accomplishment in India, America and even in Iran.
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Product Details

ISBN
9781105603822
Edition
First Edition
Publisher
Kanta Bhatia
Published
April 25, 2012
Language
English
Pages
298
Binding
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
Weight
1.12 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
5.83 wide x 8.26 tall
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