This photograph of my grandfather Dr Preetam Pal Singh with his college mates was taken in 1933 or 1934 at King Edward Medical College in Lahore (now Pakistan). He was around 25 years old.
The men in this picture were the only non-white students of their batch. My grandfather was a doctor in the British Army, posted at Manora Island Cantonment, near Karachi, when Partition took place. The family boarded the train to Firozpur and later reached Faridkot, where they spent three nights at the railway platform before the Maharaja of Faridkot employed my grandfather as his personal physician.
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PHOTO: SARAH J KAZI/INDIAN MEMORY PROJECT
CONCEPT: SANAM MAHER
DESIGN: SAMRA AMIR
This August, The Express Tribune will feature photographs from contributions to an open call for images from the struggle for independence and Pakistan’s formative years.
Concept: Sanam Maher
Published in The Express Tribune, August 3rd, 2014.
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