22 January, 2021

Indus Potsherd Of Our Times

A son takes two broken pieces of his ancestry to fuse a searing memoir

Jitender Gupta
Indus Potsherd Of Our Times

Like many aspiring writers in their mid-20s, Aatish Taseer had a failed novel in his drawer and was struggling with another—a fictional version of his own dramatic life story. Briefly, the story is this: a short, intense relationship between a Pakistani politician, Salmaan Taseer, and an Indian journalist, Tavleen Singh, produces a child. As the relationship founders, the father (by his son's account) abandons the mother and infant in London. They move to Delhi, where the boy, Aatish, grows up in an elite Sikh family but with an awareness of being 'different' because of his Muslim and Pakistani ancestry. Twice in his childhood, he makes long-distance overtures to his father, but is rebuffed.

Dad Pak Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer, Mom journalist Tavleen Singh

In 2002, at the age of 21, he tries again, by simply landing up in Lahore, and meets with greater success. Salmaan's political career has...



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