During his long career as a writer Intizar Husain had often written about the past, especially his childhood, the house,the family and the qasba where he hailed from in the third person. He was actually noticed as a writer when he wrote about the place and the people that he had left behind at the time of partition on his migration to Pakistan in his short stories. Henever went back to his ancestral qasba Dabai in the then United Province and now Uttar Pradesh till very recently. Though he had the chance to go to India a number of times and on one occasion he even went to the outskirts of the qasba but returned as it were from the gates of the settlement. Only recently when a documentary was being made on him, that he visited the house and the other localities where he had spent his childhood. He has now written about that experience in Justaju Kia Hai. His most evocative writings had embedded memories of childhood and the years of growing up. Being very conscious of it, he classified writing pervasive with the aroma of "hijrat" by many others, from all over, including Punjab who had migrated in 1947. It is perhaps not easy to go back to the past,especially the places and the houses that have been left behind. The housesthat one was made to leave due to the way events unfolded and then probablyspiralled out of control. No wonder it took Intizar Husain all these decades tomuster enough courage and go back to the streets., alleys and corners whichmeant more to him than merebricks, mortar and semi urban landscape. The memories of childhood are also veryprecious and play a formative role in the shaping of a personality; it is notsurprising that they played such an important part in the life of IntizarHusain but actually this migration and the distancing from the places thatshaped him had been treatedas building blocks of his psychologicalmake up. He was able to retain the evocative flavour of the childhood farlonger than any other person in normal circumstances.