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Many departures from conformity

Book review of Off the Beaten Track: The Story of My Unconventional Life

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Radhika Oberoi
A change of address is hardly ever a mere shift in geography. Often, it signals a departure from one’s childhood — the home or neighbourhood one grew up in, believing that it contained the world. Sometimes, it is a fleeing. And almost always, it suggests a leaving behind — of people, of objects, a familiar smell, a beloved street.

Saeeda Bano’s memoir, Off the Beaten Track: The Story of My Unconventional Life, published in October this year, is a narrative of departures. Her life would have remained within the conventional realm of the household, had it not been for the

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First Published: Nov 27 2020 | 2:00 AM IST

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