Soon after the first lockdown was announced in India in 2020, who can forget the poignant sight of countless migrants making their way back home to their native villages, hanging on trucks, trains, whatever means they could find. In her fictional work, Homebound, Puja Changoiwala, captures the pathos of this exodus through the deeply moving story of young Meher, living in Dharavi. As Covid-19 cases in the Mumbai slum soar, Meher and her family realize they have no choice but to leave for their village in Rajasthan. In this podcast, Changoiwala shares a vignette from their journey, negotiating borders.
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