Shilpi Suneja‘s (Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Fellow ’18) novel-in-progress A House of Caravans remembers a history that’s often been silent.
The story is inspired by Suneja’s grandfather’s experience during The Partition of India in 1947, when the British Indian Empire was divided into India and Pakistan. Suneja says the disruption it caused still shapes the sociocultural fabric of South Asia.
“When you practice a culture of hate and isolation,” she said, “it has repercussions for all of us.”
In this audio clip, Suneja reads a section of A House of Caravans. She also discusses why she chose to write about the Partition – and the role writing plays in her life.
Listen to Shilpi Suneja. Read a transcript.
Shilpi Suneja is a 2018 recipient of the Mass Cultural Council Fellowship in Fiction/Creative Nonfiction, a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow, and a Desai Fellow from Jack Jones Literary Arts. Her work has appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, Bat City Review, Little Fiction, Hyphen, Consequence, Kartika Review, Solstice, Stirring, Breakwater Review, Kafila.online, and TwoCircles.net, among other places.