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A Memoir of Pre-Partition PunjabRuchi Ram Sahni, 1863-1948$
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Neera Burra

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199474004

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199474004.001.0001

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High School Education at Jhang and Lahore

High School Education at Jhang and Lahore


(p.74) 3 High School Education at Jhang and Lahore
A Memoir of Pre-Partition Punjab

Ruchi Ram Sahni

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Ruchi Ram Sahni describes three eventful years during which he left Dera Ismail Khan in order to finish a high school education—first in the town of Jhang, more than a hundred miles away, across a waterless desert, then in Lahore. Part of the chronicle involves his adventures getting to and from Jhang, first by boat and then on camel-back; on another occasion walking the entire distance in order to save money; and on a third almost being drowned on a boat crossing the River Chenab. After his favourite teacher retires from the school in Jhang, Sahni runs away to Lahore to seek a more challenging education. Much of the narrative relates to his education in Lahore—his teachers, his increasingly cosmopolitan schoolmates, and a growing awareness of his nature as a ‘social rebel’ who challenges Hindu religious practices and superstitions.

Keywords:   High school education, Jhang, Lahore, adventures, challenging education, social rebel, Hindu religious practices and superstitions

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