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Aruna Kohli

The author was, Editor of Delhi Diary, a weekly magazine, devoted to tourism and culture. Her articles have been published in erstwhile Eve’s Weekly, a women’s magazine. Fascinated by the culture and stories related by her parents who were natives of Dera Ismail Khan, she took upon herself the task of compiling and documenting the oral culture of the Hindu migrants for posterity. The author has led a peripatetic life with her parents and later with her husband in an army milieu absorbing diverse experiences with frequent travels. She is based in Bangalore for the past 25 years.Read More...


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This book is about the life and culture of the Hindu migrants from Dera Ismail Khan, a city by the Indus River, a commercial hub on the trade route from Afghanistan. The Hindus fled the city in 1947 when India got divided.  They left their homes empty-handed but carried with them a rich legacy of an unwritten culture, memories and an ancient language.  With the passage of years their language, Derewali, is rarely spoken in India and most of the traditions an

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