This chapter discusses the importance of Urdu poetry for Mohanji and Roshanji, who were refugees of Partition of India. Urdu poetry provided a sense of “re-homing,” regret, and nostalgia for the refugees of Partition of India. Urdu verses can be found in Mohanji’s autobiography and Roshanji’s notebook. Mohanji wrote an autobiography, in which he combined the narration of his life with Urdu verses to create an interesting chronological and poetic account of his life. For him, Urdu is the language of emotion, the natural language of the self. On the other hand, Roshanji wrote poems of communal unity written in Hindi, Urdu, and English in his notebook to express his longing for his home.
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