“My mother had a Muslim friend. Her name was Khairunnissa Khatun. I just remember Khairunnissa Di, she’s perhaps passed away.”
Sunanda Biswas along with all her female relatives moved from Sylhet, Bangladesh to Silchar, India in 1947. She recollects the friendly Hindu-Muslim relations of the Pre-Partition times and mentions tales of her father’s Muslim colleague, her Islamic friend, and others. She calls her journey a vacation because they didn’t know at the time that it was a permanent migration. Recalling the lush greenery of Sylhet, she misses the place even now.