New book on Gulzar’s Partition musings!

New Delhi, Sep 20 (PTI) Legendary poet-lyricist Gulzar, who had witnessed the horrors of Partition first-hand and has often written on it, has come with a collection of prose and poetry on the subject.

“Footprints on Zero Line: Writings on the Partition”, however, does not stop at the events of 1947 but looks at how these continue to affect our lives to this day.

Partition is a theme that Gulzar has gone back to again and again in his writings, publishers HarperCollins India said.

“It is not only a collection on a cataclysmic event in the history of our nation by one of our best contemporary writers but also a timely reminder that those who forget the errors of the past are doomed to repeat them,” a HCI statement said.

Translated by Rakhshanda Jalil, this compilation marks 70 years of India’s Independence.

Born in Dina (now in Pakistan), Gulzar writes in the poem ‘Zero Line’: “… I am back at the Zero Line/My shadow whispers from behind me,/’When you give up this body/Come back to your home/Your birthplace, your motherland’.”

A stalwart of Indian literature and one of the finest poets, Gulzar has a number of poetry and short-story collections to his credit.