Loss of home and family exposes women, making them vulnerable and more accessible than men, to men. Reading about the Partition of India in August 1947, I realized how forced migrations led to panic and oppression. As a twenty-first-century, modern, independent woman, I find, unfortunately, that even after seventy years some aspects of this vulnerability continue to prevail in our society.

Even after having the agency to decide and willingly migrate, the trauma of loss of home and family, vulnerability of the unknown, and distress associated with being the “other,” more specific to gender, runs parallel in the journeys of the modern researcher (me) and one of the women who endured the Partition—my grandmother.

I have been a researcher for six years. To talk about my experiences and legacies, add my voice to literature, and to expand sociological understanding, I have chosen to employ autoethnography.1 I migrated as a...

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