Anita and Me. By Meera Syal. Anita and Me. Is Meera Syal’s first novel Was made into a film in 2002, in which she starred. Meera Syal. Is an actress, writer and novelist with a number of TV, theatre and film credits.
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In 1947, the border between India and its new neighbour Pakistan became a river of blood, as the exodus erupted into rioting.
Millions left for their promised new homeland with smiles on their faces as trains left both India and Pakistan. This is a train to Pakistan being given a warm send-off.
Over 15 million people were uprooted from their homeland and travelled on foot, bullock carts and trains to their promised new home.
An aged and abandoned Muslim couple and their grand children sitting by the roadside on this arduous journey.
In a couple of months in the summer of 1947, a million people were slaughtered on both sides in the religious rioting. Here, bodies of the victims of rioting are picked up from a city street.
The massive exchange of population that took place in the summer of 1947 was unprecedented. It left behind a trail of death and destruction. The Indian map was slashed to make way for a new country - Pakistan.
"The street was short and narrow. Lying like the garbage across the street and in its open gutters were bodies of the dead," writes Bourke-White's biographer Vicki Goldberg of this scene.
With the tragic legacy of an uncertain future, a young refugee sits on the walls of PuranaQila, transformed into a vast refugee camp in Delhi.
Men, women and children who died in the rioting were cremated on a mass scale. Villagers even used oil and kerosene when wood was scarce.
Families were cut to half as men were killed leaving women to fend for themselves.