Picking up where the story of a family’s expulsion and relocation during the Partition leaves off in The Night Diary, master of imagery and psyche, Veera Hiranandani creates another stunning work with Amil and the After. Told from the brother’s point of view, readers get a taste - and look, and smell, and feel - of what life is like for Amil and his sister “after.” What does “normal” mean after the Partition? What’s correct, expected, possible, predictable in a new place? Amil’s coping mechanisms to process his new life include asking lots of questions and getting absorbed into his drawings. Amil discovers how, in fact, humans bring all kinds of partitions upon themselves in everyday life, and what can be done to help break down the barriers from one person to another.