“Naniji, tell me your story.”
What begins as a young woman’s question to her grandmother unexpectedly turns into a family saga.
Compiled through family albums, home videos, journal entries, and interviews, Yarn follows the life of Pragya Bhagat’s grandmother, Shyama.
At the age of ten, the Partition pushes Shyama from Pakistan to India, but this is only the first of her many migrations. As each chapter of Shyama’s life unfolds, Pragya reflects on her own experiences with her grandmother, on family and friendship, on loving and losing. In her search for Naniji’s story, Pragya discovers parts of herself.
Poignant and vulnerable, Yarn is the extraordinary tale of an ordinary Indian family, its joys and fears, its silences and secrets.
300 pp., 5.5 x 8.5 inches.
ISBN 13: 978-8193642870
ISBN 10: 8193642872
About the Author
Pragya Bhagat was born in New Delhi, but spent her childhood in five different countries. At the age of fifteen she immigrated to America, where she studied Biology at the University of Texas at Austin. After graduating, Pragya taught science to sixth and eighth grade students at a public charter middle school that focused on minority communities.
Volunteering with the survivors of the Bhopal Gas Disaster drove her to shift back to India after a decade in America. She lived in a Rajasthani village for six months and completed her Masters in Dalit and Tribal Social Work from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Pragya spent the next three years working with Teach for India in Hyderabad where she trained hundreds of fellows to teach in government and low-cost private schools.
Her essays, short stories, and articles have been published in The Open Road Review, Helter Skelter, the Huffington Post, the Hans India, the Bombay Review, and Muse India, among others.
Pragya is the author of “More Than a Memory,” a book-length collection of poetry. She has performed her poetry across India and America. She has also been featured at the Goa Arts and Literature Festival and at Spoken, India’s first spoken word festival.
She currently lives in the hills of Kumaon.