Aurat Durbar: The Court of Women: Writings by Women of South Asian Origin

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Aurat Durbar - Hindi/Urdu for "the court of women" - invites readers into the world of women of South Asian origin. In this compelling collection of prose and poetry, thirty-one writers foreground the lives of women often made invisible, both within and outside their own cultures.These writers - now living in Canada, the United States, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka - confront us with passion and anger as they speak of racism, immigration, intolerance and sexuality. Writing from the particularities of their ...
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Aurat Durbar - Hindi/Urdu for "the court of women" - invites readers into the world of women of South Asian origin. In this compelling collection of prose and poetry, thirty-one writers foreground the lives of women often made invisible, both within and outside their own cultures.These writers - now living in Canada, the United States, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka - confront us with passion and anger as they speak of racism, immigration, intolerance and sexuality. Writing from the particularities of their individual experience - of origin, caste, class, ableness, sexual orientation - they critically examine their own cultural traditions as well as their lives in their new homes. Aurat Durbar is a treasury of insights and revelations bound to surprise and entice the reader.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780929005706
  • Publisher: Second Story Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1995
  • Pages: 239
  • Product dimensions: 5.97 (w) x 8.91 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Fauzia Rafiq came to North America as a refugee from her homeland of Pakistan, where she was a journalist, writer and screenwriter. She has contributed to several short story collections and is the editor of Diva: Art and Literary Hournal of Women of South Asian Origin.
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Table of Contents

Preface 11
Homecoming 13
This War Is Declared 26
You Die but Once 30
Armed Future 31
Now 33
The Transistor Radio 34
Did I Ever? 40
The Watershed 42
My Hands 44
There Is No Place Like Home 46
My Golden Brown Goddess 64
On Women, Asleep 71
Vermilion on Your Forehead 72
Cane in Arrow 73
A Piece of Indian Junk 76
Dare to Bare 80
Speech No. 27 83
First Priority of Third-Class Citizens 85
Self-Reckoning 86
The Rain within Myself 87
After Thought 88
Roses for my Dead Friend 90
Desert Storm 97
Heroine 98
Can I Be Trini? 99
Brown & White 101
Subway 102
A Private Affair 103
A Visit to a Funeral Home 111
Itch 114
Pain 115
Puzzle 117
Smoked Out 118
Making of a Cultural Schizophrenic 119
Indian Woman/English Man 131
She Will Keep Coming Back 133
From Promiscuity to Celibacy 136
Your Name 140
Woman/Man 142
Rano 143
Hierarchy 144
God 145
Reveries of a Riot 146
For December 6 Memorial, 1992 163
Race 165
A Youth Rebels 166
Shabana 168
Saheban & the Crisis of Identity 179
Just So I Can Walk 188
The Curve 191
Kitch & Talk 192
Two Love Poems 194
On First Love and Feminism at 16 196
Grappling 199
Tactics 208
Queen's Park on Labour Day's Eve 209
From the Don Valley Parkway 211
The Battle 212
Latifa 214
The Echoing Song 215
Translucent Dreams 217
Banu 218
Hamilton 221
Illegitimacy 223
To Human Race 225
Contributors' Notes 229
Glossary 236
Publication Data 239
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