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Aanchal Malhotra

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Aanchal Malhotra
Born1990 (age 28–29)
New Delhi, India
Period2017 – present
GenreIndian History
Notable worksRemnants of a Separation: A History of the Partition through Material Memory , Remnants of Partition: 21 Objects from a Continent Divided (Upcoming)

Aanchal Malhotra is an Indian author, best known for her work on oral history and material culture of the Partition of India in 1947.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Malhotra was born in New Delhi in 1990. She received a BFA in Traditional Printmaking and Art History from Ontario College of Art & Design, Toronto, where she won the University Medal and Sir Edmund Walker Award for Graduate Studies. She completed a MFA in Studio Art from Concordia University, Montréal.

She belongs to the family of Bahrisons Booksellers,[1] founded by her paternal grandfather, Balraj Bahri in 1953 in New Delhi. She is also the co-founder of the Museum of Material Memory,[2] a digital repository of material culture of the Indian subcontinent, tracing family history and social ethnography through heirlooms, collectibles and objects of antiquity. In the past, she has been a member of the Advisory Board of the Partition Museum, Amritsar, and worked as Assistant Curator at Chitrashala, Museum of Indian Advertising and Graphic Art, Kumaon.

Writing[edit | edit source]

Aanchal Malhotra's debut book, Remnants of a Separation : A History of the Partition through Material Memory[3] was published by HarperCollins India in 2017, to mark the 70th anniversary of Indian independence. The project (under the same name) initially began as her MFA dissertation at Concordia University, Montréal, and includes field research in India, Pakistan and England. It is an attempt to revisit the Partition through personal and intimate objects that refugees carried with them across the border during their migration. Written as a crossover between history and anthropology, it details the material culture of the Partition of India and was named A Hindustan Times 'India @ 70' book.[4][5]

Malhotra's book will be published by Hurst Publishers in the UK in March 2019, under the title Remnants of Partition : 21 Objects from a Continent Divided.[6]

Awards and honours[edit | edit source]

  • 2018, Shortlisted for the Shakti Bhatt First Book Award
  • 2018, Shortlisted for the Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay NIF Book Prize
  • 2018, Shortlisted for the Hindu Lit for Life Non Fiction Prize
  • 2018, Shortlisted for the Publishing Next Printed Book of the Year
  • 2018, Longlisted for the Tata Literature Live! First Book Award
  • 2018, Longlisted for the Oxford Book Cover Prize

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Malhotra, Aanchal. "How Bahrisons Delhi has been romancing books since 1953". Scroll.in. Retrieved 2019-01-07.
  2. "Museum of Material Memory". Museum of Material Memory. Retrieved 2019-01-07.
  3. Malhotra, Aanchal (2017). Remnants of a Separation: A History of the Partition through Material Memory. HarperCollins. pp. 1–3. ISBN 978-9352770120.
  4. "India @ 70: 5 books that capture India's freedom struggle, independence and partition". Hindustan Times. 2017-08-14. Retrieved 2019-01-07.
  5. Parkar, Hamida. (September 23, 2018)."Ambassadors of a Journey, Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved March 28, 2019.
  6. Remnants of Partition : 21 Objects from a Continent Divided. 2019. pp. 1–3.

Category:Living people Category:1990 births Category:People from New Delhi Category:Indian historians Category:OCAD University alumni Category:Concordia University alumni

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