Anees Jung :

In the year 1985 when she ventured on a journey that was to become the book 'Unveiling India', she found herself discovering a country turned mythical because of its women. India, she recognised, was essentially a country female in spirit. The same spirit seemed to pervade the subcontinent. When she travelled some years later researching 'Seven Sisters', a companion volume on women in South Asia, she realised that there were no borders in the territory where women live. Though arrival in each country began at a checkpoint, though a passport had to be stamped and a visa scrutinized, though the language of the men who ushered her in at times seemed alien, she forgot it all when she went out and met the women. In each of their worlds, separate yet identical, she saw few contradictions. She sensed a warmth of intensity and intimacy that shamed the conflicting geopolitical realities. Born out of a common root, the seven regions of South Asia seemed to her like seven sisters sharing spirituality a destiny determined by geography, culture, custom and the overwhelming presence of religion. Fettered but strong, Indians were accepting and sharing a common destiny. As a poet-friend of hers in Lahore, Jocelyn Saeed, writes:
        It's all the same wherever we go
         Birth, love, death
         And a thousand peripheral things
         And the pain between breath and breath.


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