The Love Song of Amrita Pritam (& Sahir Ludhianvi)

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The Love Song of Amrita Pritam (& Sahir Ludhianvi)

Illustration: Saachi Mehta/ Arré

“M

arriage is for the birds. Concentrate on finding love…”

One day in August 1997, I found myself outside a nondescript cottage in a leafy bylane of south Delhi’s Hauz Khas neighbourhood. I was 24, a high-strung TV news reporter who’d just been commissioned to make a feature documentary on one of India’s most respected authors. The place looked deserted, the garden a tangled mass of shrubs and weeds, the gate rusty and forbidding. Did I even have the right address for my subject? Where was the bell? There – almost hidden by the address plate that read K-25 in a floral script.

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