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Two edited books "Crossing Borders" and "Bridge Across The River" unveiled in Jaipur
At a gathering of old colleagues, friends and well-wishers in Jaipur, two books "Crossing Borders: Essays on Literature, Culture, and Society in Honour of Amritjit Singh" and "Bridge Across The River: Partition memories from the Two Punjab" were unveiled and excerpts shared in the presence of Professor Amritjit Singh who flew from the United States to unveil the books. He also recited his favourite English poetry at the get together.

It was told that that 'Crossing Borders' had twenty original, interdisciplinary essays on the paradigm of borders in African American literature, multi-ethnic US studies, and South Asian studies with discourses on modernity, diasporic mobility, populism, migration, exile, sub-nation, and trans-nation as well as the formation of nationalities, communities, and identities.

Furthermore, it was clarified that word 'Borders' signified the social and national inequities and hierarchies and also the ways to challenge and transgress entrenched barriers sanctioned by habit, custom, and law.

Keeping in view the noteworthy contribution to research in English literature, the book honours the life and work of Amritjit Singh as a teacher, mentor, author, scholar, and editor over half a century. Many contributors to the book have worked with him and have a great respect for his scholarship, which was also evident at the gathering.

Edited by Tapan Basu and Tasneem Shahnaaz of University of Delhi, the book was published by the Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, USA, in May this year. The book is available in hardcover and it covers 376 pages. Efforts are on to bring out the soft cover version of the book for larger circulation.

On the other hand, the second book, 'Bridge Across The River', presents very vivid and moving tales of partition and sufferings of people who had to migrate from West Pakistan. One of the editors of the book has undergone the pains of the participation. The editor was of the view that the partition narrative had been a complex web of political and religious discourse overlaid with diverse emotional experiences and responses. Therefore, the narrative keeps on reappearing through print and visual media every now and then.

The volume, edited by Jasbir Jain and Tripti Jain and published by Niyogi Books has 16 short stories written by authors such as Keki Daruwala, Kulwant Singh Virk, Gulzar Singh Sandhu, Surjit Sarna, Ahmed Salim and Tahira Iqbal. The authors successfully unfold the agony, violence, gender issues, optimism, hope and reflection. Professor Jasbir Jain is retired from University of Rajasthan and has worked with Professor Amirjit Singh.

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