We are pleased to invite you for an afternoon of conversation between us on Supriya Singh’s The Girls Ate Last: Partition, Education and the life of Inder Kaur.
Inder Kaur, the author’s mother, grew up in the early 20th century. Girls were expected to eat last after the men and boys, and were often given only a few years of schooling. It is a story of women that is still repeated. With a Year 8 education, Inder Kaur turned the Partition of India into a personal victory. Seeking employment in Delhi, she educated herself one step at a time, as her marriage and home disintegrated, to become the founding principal of three women’s colleges.
This story of changing gender and kinship frameworks is also a story of love and loss. But in the end it is a story of a woman having the courage to value herself and helping other women do the same.
Venue: Indian Women’s Press Corp (IWPC), 5 Windsor Place, Ashoka Road, Tel: +91 11 2332 5366
Date: Friday, March 7, 2014
Time: 3.30 – 5.30 pm
Please join us for tea after the reading and discussion. The book will be available at the IWPC. It is also available on http://www.manoharbooks.com/
An RSVP to either of us would be appreciated.
Anita Anand, Director, Com First (India) Private Ltd firstname.lastname@example.org
Supriya Singh, Professor and Author, email@example.com
Amritsar’s Rotary Club, Civil Lines, hosted a very gracious launch of the Indian edition of The Girls Ate Last: Partition, Education and the Life of Inder Kaur. I was touched by the honour of the flower rangoli and the lighting of the lamp. We had a rich conversation about continuing gender disparity; Partition, survival and education; family breakup and parental communication; friendship; love and loss. I would particularly like to thank Dr Sant Prakash Singh Dhillon and Penny for this evening of friendship and dialogue followed by a sumptuous dinner.
The Indian hardback edition of The Girls Ate Last: Partition, Education and the Life of Inder Kaur is now being distributed in India by Manohar Publishers and Distributors. It retails for Rs 595. It is available on www. manoharbooks.com
Globalization and Money: A Global South Perspective is published in India by Orient BlackSwan. It is available in hardback for Rs 775 on http://www.orientblackswan.com/display.asp?categoryID=27&isbn=978-81-250-5112-1
Jasvinder Sidhu, a colleague from RMIT who led an Australian group on a visit to Punjab, took a copy of The Girls Ate Last to present to Dr. Sukhbir K Mahal, Principal of Khalsa College for Women in Amritsar. My mother was the College’s founding Principal, 1969-1972. As a result I have connected again with the College through its Principal.
Jasvinder presenting the book
- Inder Kaur, Founding Principal Khalsa College for Women, 1969-1972
The Australian Group in front of Khalsa College for Women
My presentation will be based on my two new books: The Girls Ate Last and Globalization and Money: A Global South Perspective at the Melbourne South Asian Group on Friday 22 November, at the Australia India Institute, 147-149 Barry Street, Carlton, at 5.15 pm.
The first perspective is a personal one published in the book The Girls Ate Last. It is based on my mother’s story, 1911-1996. Girls were expected to eat last after the men and boys, and were often given only a few years of schooling. It is a story of women that is still repeated. With a Year 8 education, my mother turned the Partition of India into a personal victory. Having to seek employment in Delhi, she educated herself one step at a time, as her marriage and home disintegrated, to become the founding principal of three women’s colleges.
The second related picture is in Globalization and Money: A Global South Perspective. It is a story of globalization but also a story of the absence of women from the headlines, from financial inclusion, access to technology and from wealth. Women are half the world’s population, do most of the work, produce half the food in the world, earn 10 percent of the income and own one percent of the property. A gender focus to poverty and exclusion is increasingly becoming important. But gender and empowerment remains a story still to be told.