Each story in author Shobha Rao’s collection centers around the tumultuous 1947 division of British India into
modern-day India and Pakistan. Set in vastly different parts of the two countries, from stark refugee camps to the
lush verandas of the British Raj, the stories paint a vivid picture of the human cost of the Partition. We talk with
the Bay Area author about her debut collection of short stories, titled “An Unrestored Woman.”

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Shobha Rao’s Short Stories Reflect Violence, Disruption of India’s Partition 18 May,2016Michael Krasny

Shobha Rao, author of "An Unrestored Woman"


    India is one of near one hundred countries who were the victims of the bloody British divide and rule policy in all of their colonies they invaded using deception and bloody violence to invade all of these countries ,the British invaders were nothing near a civilized country ,but England was a country of thieves ,criminals ,bloody pirates….All of the problems that happened in many part of the world ,from India ,Pakistan ,Palestine the middle east ,Ireland , South Africa ,China opium war ,and other hundred countries that were ruined for centuries because of the illegal invasion of English pirates for the last 5 centuries…..I consider England through their actions in the past represents the most savage and least civilized nation and people the world have ever seen.

    • Another Mike

      But in both India and Malaya, the British united what had been a large number of small principalities. So “Divide and Rule” would not seem to apply.

      • EIDALM

        Totally wrong ,Hindu and Muslims lived in near peaceful co existence for centuries ,all was changed 10 of millions were butchered after the bloody pirate of England invaded India

    • David

      are you blaming England for the Hindu caste system?

      • EIDALM

        I am blaming England for instigating the bloody conflict between Hindus and Muslims .

  • Ben Rawner

    What are some pitfalls that you learned to avoid as a new writer?

  • Another Mike

    It strikes me that the most famous Indian authors come from the diaspora, like the Naipaul brothers. Has living here given Ms. Rao a perspective on Partition she would not have had, had she lived her life in India?


Michael Krasny

Michael Krasny, PhD, has been in broadcast journalism since 1983. He was with ABC in both radio and television and migrated to public broadcasting in 1993. He has been Professor of English at San Francisco State University and also taught at Stanford, the University of San Francisco and the University of California, as well as in the Fulbright International Institutes. A veteran interviewer for the nationally broadcast City Arts and Lectures, he is the author of a number of books, including “Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life” (Stanford University Press) “Spiritual Envy” (New World); “Sound Ideas” (with M.E. Sokolik/ McGraw-Hill); “Let There Be Laughter” (Harper-Collins) as well as the twenty-four lecture series in DVD, audio and book, “Short Story Masterpieces” (The Teaching Company). He has interviewed many of the world’s leading political, cultural, literary, science and technology figures, as well as major figures from the world of entertainment. He is the recipient of many awards and honors including the S.Y. Agnon Medal for Intellectual Achievement; The Eugene Block Award for Human Rights Journalism; the James Madison Freedom of Information Award; the Excellence in Journalism Award from the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association; Career Achievement Award from the Society of Professional Journalists and an award from the Radio and Television News Directors Association. He holds a B.A. (cum laude) and M.A. from Ohio University and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin.

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