ISBN 9788189975463,Unsettled : Notes From A Shifting Life

Unsettled : Notes From A Shifting Life


Tranquebar Press



Tranquebar Press

Publication Year 2008

ISBN 9788189975463

ISBN-10 8189975463


Number of Pages 184 Pages
Language (English)

Literature: special interest

In 2004, in Sudan, the two decade old civil war in the south was coming to an end, just as the conflict in Darfur was starting to take up space in the international pages. In the midst of all this, the author went to work in a little known part of Eastern Sudan, in the field of refugee protection. Her experiences there and later in Liberia, gave her an unforgettable and poignant sense of what it means to be uprooted, rendered homeless, to grow up in camps, to always feel like and be an outsider. As she turned thirty, she started to face a sense of personal rootlessness; in Indian terms, she was "unsettled" in every way that mattered. As a young Indian woman, she traveled between the world of Africans and the world of Europeans and Americans?she had a passport to both, but she belonged to none. She came of age in Sudan and Liberia, falling in love, fighting for what mattered to her, struggling to find a place for herself in the world. In this extraordinary and moving personal memoir, Kamini Karlekar explores what it means to be unsettled?and to belong. About Author: Kamini Karlekar has lived in Delhi for most of her life, and through her years of studying abroad and working in Africa with a UN organization, has always returned to the same home. This sense of rootedness is precious to her, but also fuelled her desire to travel, and to work in the field of refugee protection.