At the heart of Ship of Sorrows is a group of young friends, men and women, Hindu and Muslim, living in Lucknow on the cusp of Indian Independence. Like the rest of the country, their lives are in turmoil. As the certainities of an old order begin fraying and the prospect of division becomes inevitable, they are confronted with having to make the kind of decisions that their hitherto carefree, privileged lives had not required. Qurratulain Hyder places the six friends in situations that reflect this changing context and reveal their altered reality. As the partition of the country looms, and their seperation from each other and from their known worlds become imminent, their cargo of sorrows gets heavier. Yet, the ship of sorrows is not a doomed ship-through a tangle of sounds, images and emotions, Hyder navigates it to a harbour that promises hope and renewal.
Shipping & Returns