Hiraeth by Dr. Shivani Salil

DR. Shivani Salil

Book Title : Hiraeth

I’m a Doctor with an MD in Clinical Microbiology from Seth GSMC & KEM Hospital, Mumbai where I later also worked as an Assistant Professor until August 2018. My foray into writing began in 2017 and blogging was my first step towards it. A geographical move in 2018 seemed heaven sent and I am now making full use of this sabbatical to explore where my words take me. As a child I harboured two dreams- to become a doctor and to pursue literature so I could become a writer. I have loved and lived my first dream and am greedy enough to try living the second one too. I’ve been writing on a broad spectrum of issues, from parenting to health and relationships to philosophy in fiction and non-fiction format, across various platforms like Momspresso, Women’s Web, Mumbai Psychiatry Clinic, The Daily Brunch and SheThePeople. I also have a weekly space on the online portal, The Wonder Women World, called Saturdays With Shivani where I try to connect with my day-to-day observations, experiences and musings hoping that they find their way to the readers. On the occasion of Women’s Day this year, I was awarded the Literoma Naari Samman 2020 for literature. My first book Hiraeth got published in August 2019. It’s a single author anthology with 24 stories written around partition. In a bid to improve my craft, I just completed my Masters in Fine Arts which is a one year full-time course in Creative Writing from Hong Kong University. (Class of 2020)of books. 

What would you do if you were told you had minutes to leave your home? What would you take, what would you be thinking…? This thought dominated the minds of millions who moved across the newly created borders in 1947. The place they called home was not a geographical zone but an emotion. Most just locked their doors and left as if they were going on a vacation. They ended up as refugees in a foreign land with a yearning for a home they could never return to. That yearning is what Hiraeth stands for. The writer belongs to a family of such refugees. This short story collection is her tribute to them and to all refugees, on both sides of the border. These are the stories of ordinary people caught in extraordinary circumstances. It’s a chronicling of their spirit, their hard work and their resilience as they made peace with their past.

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