03 August, 2021

Hamburg Diary

In Outlook this week, a diary from Hamburg.

Illustration by Saahil
Hamburg Diary
Edge Of Winter

Last month, I flew from New Delhi to Ham­burg, Ger­many, for the premiere of my film The Sky Below. It was being screened at Metropolis Kino as part of India Week, a festival with around 40 different cultural events. My Partition film had been curated for a film series that focused on the northwestern region of the subcontinent. With its own ­division into East and West, the story of Partition resonates in Germany, but the German version completely diverges from the subcontinent’s—the two sides reunified in 1990.

As the plane descends, I search the landscape below for signs of what is to come. Barely anything is visible, even though it is only late afternoon. But at this time of the year in Germany, it is as dark in the afternoon as it is at midnight. Everything that is green, blue, white or yellow appears shades of grey and black. From this vantage point, I can only hope that my choice of clothing will be...

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