An Autobiography
Sutinder Singh Noor
WHOM TO TELL MY TALE by K.S. Duggal National Book Trust, 2007, 222 pp., 65
August 2007, volume 31, No 8

Whom to Tell My Tale is K.S. Duggal’sautobiography. When in 1985, Duggal published this autobio- graphy in Punjabi (Kis Peh Kholon Ganthdi) it was appreciated in a comparative way, because Amrita Pritam’s, Sant Singh Sekhon’s and Ajit Kaur’s autobiographies had already created a discussion about the genric developments. Amrita and Ajit Kaur were sensational in style and Sant Singh Sekhon was ideological and interpretative about the paradigm of history. Comparatively Duggal was more informative and observant about the time and society. Whom To Tell My Tale should be assessed comparatively in the growth of this genre in Indian Literature. The author, a well known fiction writer with 13 novels, 26 collections of short stories has written this book in a fictional style with a consciousness of history. He starts the narration from his birth, childhood and cultural ethos of Pothohar, but this autobiography becomes more significant when it narrates the tragedy of partition.

Duggal, again and again has portrayed this tragedy in his fiction and every time he narrates more tragic details. Autobiography gives him a chance to dwell on his own fate and experience during the days of partition. He is also analytical about that historical carnage:

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