“Naniji, tell me your story.”
What begins as a young woman’s question to her grandmother unexpectedly turns into a family saga.
Compiled through family albums, home videos, journal entries, and interviews, Yarn follows the life of Pragya Bhagat’s grandmother, Shyama.
At the age of ten, the Partition pushes Shyama from Pakistan to India, but this is only the first of her many migrations. As each chapter of Shyama’s life unfolds, Pragya reflects on her own experiences with her grandmother, on family and friendship, on loving and losing. In her search for Naniji’s story, Pragya discovers parts of herself.
Poignant and vulnerable, Yarn is the extraordinary tale of an ordinary Indian family, its joys and fears, its silences and secrets.
About the Author
After spending ten years in Texas, teaching science for two years, studying Biology and Social Work, volunteering with the Bhopal gas survivors and teaching in a Rajasthani village, Pragya now lives in the hills of Kumaon, writing.