Maya Malhotra

Born: 27th January 1937

Agra, India

Date of interview: 7th June 2006

Map showing where Maya Malhotra came from

What was happening in India at the time? ... When you were a young person?

I think the ... apart from the family life we were quite happy but the most turmoil thing what happened when India got its independence nineteen forty seven, and I was just ten year old at that time. And ... you know though we were very excited at the idea of getting independence... weeks before we were making all the plans for the celebration. We were, we are going to fly the flag here, we are going to fly the flag there. That was the dream of ... all children and the young persons. But this Partition business have dampened all the happiness and the Partition was done, well, in ... at that time we didn't realise how it has been decided because we were too young to understand that ... It was just, like people were waiting anxiously on the radio news that which part is going to India, which part is going to Pakistan, and it was just divided like this.

And my husband's family, they become refugee overnight, because they were living in the, very nice area, it's near Lahore, Kasur, the name of the place is Kasur where they live, have a mansion there. But ... and nobody believed at the time that this very, this nice city will be given to Pakistan, but somebody decided that it goes to Pakistan. And when the news broke out that this is given to Pakistan, what I have been told by the family members, that they just leave home, whatever clothes they have on their body with that, because at that time the main important thing was to save your life ... and so lot of people's life had been turned upside down, with that.