Dil Maya: Fragments of a Life

Michael Hutt

in Unbecoming Citizens

Published in print August 2005 | ISBN: 9780195670608
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081806 | DOI:
Dil Maya: Fragments of a Life

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This chapter is based on some nine hours of taped conversations with an elderly Lhotshampa woman, named ‘Dil Maya’ in a refugee camp. In his reconstruction, the author attempts to recover an individual's subjective experience from the collective narrative of displacement. Her story includes the events leading up to her departure from Bhutan and could be described as a ‘refugee narrative.’ However, a large part of it is also concerned with the living of a life which had other meanings and purposes. The author presents the personality and life of Dil Maya in some detail, as also how Dil Maya signed a Voluntary Migration Form before her departure from Bhutan in exchange for the freedom of her jailed son. The author concludes by pointing out that though Dil Maya cannot return to Bhuta, her belief in the necessity and inevitability of suffering in life as a way leading to union with God remains unshakable.

Keywords: Dil Maya; Lhotshampa refugees; Bhutan; refugee narrative; Nepali displacement; Voluntary Migration Form

Chapter.  11038 words. 

Subjects: Migration Studies

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