We’ve got a problem: bringing it to posterity: 75 years after partition, Neha Aziz delves into her family’s history and reports first-hand in a 10-part podcast series – Chronicles
Neha Aziz (Cover photo by John Anderson)
We’ve had quite a bit of talent through our internship program over the years, but very few have ever landed on our cover – a distinction this week’s cover subject, Neha Aziz, can now claim. .
Culture Editor Richard Whittaker (Class of 2006) spoke with Neha (2013-2014) on his new 10-part podcast series, Partitionan exploration of British India’s tumultuous division between India and Pakistan, informed by Neha’s own family history.
Richard says: “It’s one of the biggest things that’s happened in the last 100 years, and there’s an amazing number of people who don’t even realize what’s happened.” Little taught in American public schools, sheet music was part of Richard’s education in the UK. He came to the United States in 2005, another point of connection with Neha, who emigrated with her family from Pakistan when she was a child. The identity of any emigrant will surely be shaped by his origin; how much more complicated it must have been for the 20 million people displaced in 1947. As Richard puts it succinctly, “What do you identify as if your country no longer existed?”
Learn more about Neha’s journey to creating the podcast here, and listen when PartitionThe first episode will be released on August 15.
The German journalist Christoph Farkas, 33, will be the guest of the the Chronicle for the next two months; he is a member of the Burns program and our third guest German journalist in 10 years. He lives in Hamburg, where he tells me there’s an amazing lake in the center of town that isn’t really a lake. (Sound familiar?)
Christoph covers cultural and social topics for the young magazine of Die Zeit. If you have a story that might be of interest to him or his German readers, or suggestions for where he can find good bread in Austin, email him at [email protected]
The 32nd edition Austin Chronicle The Hot Sauce Festival returns to the Far Out Lounge this year on September 11 and will feature hundreds of hot sauces and live musical performances from Luna Luna, TC Superstar, Mama Duke and KindKeith, with DJ McPullish spinning records all post- midday. See page 43 for more information on this year’s festival.
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