Cracking India is a novel by author Bapsi Sidhwa. Sidhwa’s novel deals with the partition of “Diasporic Trauma: Ice Candy Man as a Partition Novel”. This page guide for “Ice Candy Man” by Bapsi Sidhwa includes detailed chapter summaries and analysis covering 32 chapters, as well as several more. There’s the Sikh zoo-keeper, the Masseur, the Pathan, strong Imman Din, and Ice -Candy Man, peddling popsicles along with political unrest through the streets.

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She doesn’t blame anyonejust narrates the story of partition of subcontinent. There are various other instances in the novel where writer defends Jinnah. But before the British could be kicked out, a decision had to be made about who was going to rule the area upon their leaving, and this led to major kce between the Muslims and Hindus in the subcontinent not canyd only religious parties in the area but certainly those in the majority who both had different ideas about what should happen.

Sidhwa is definitely one of my favorite, favorite Pakistani writers. S Naipaul and R. Here the writer puts forth her own belief about the division.

Her skin will bloom like roses. One day everybody is themselves — and the next day they are Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Christian. Bapsi Sidhwa’s novel is an incredibly moving account of the partition of India. This incident changes him into a villain. Again, I’m probably not the right person to appreciate this book.

But now that I’ve been published, a whole world has opened up for me. I want to dive into the bestial creature clawing entrails, plucking eyes, tearing limbs, gouging hearts, smashing brains: Thank god for best friends who are completing a thesis which requires them to be smart and know this stuff. Feb 10, Tilly rated it really liked it.

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God and the politicians have enough servers. What do I say about this novel Sidhwa gives descriptions of burning Lahore in the novel that she witnessed during her childhood.

But again we find a transformation in his character. To us villagers, what does it matter if a peasant is a Hindu, or a Muslim, or a Sikh? Have you read these? Mar 23, Nicole Means rated it really liked it. The responsibilities of a family led her to conceal her literary prowess. The movie highlighted a period often ignored and not looked into much deeply, but it is a fascinating piece of history that continues to teach us more about ourselves than we’d care to admit.

Cracking India

The characters are unrelatable brick walls. It takes place in s Lahore and is narrated by a young girl from an affluent Parsee family. Email – ankushmahajan7dec gmail. Click here to sign up.

Sichwa then, she has received numerous awards and honorary professorships for these first two works and her two most recent novels, Cracking India and An American Brat. Many people talk about the consequences of rules of Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs.

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Most of those particular passages contributed nothing to the story overall. Growing up with polio, she was educated at home until age 15, reading extensively. It has such graphic unnecessary according to me details, it ruined the authentic partition feel for me.

The more I learn about the world’s history the more I am reminded that history constantly repeats itself. As the story of the novel develops, the fraternity that once existed among different communities withers away and the dread violence of communalism takes its place. Earth inspired by the bookends too, and hence is much more hard-hitting than the novel.


This book gives a graphic and grotesque picture of Partition and its repurcussion creating a ripple effect on the lives of people like Lenny, Ranna, Shanta, etc who are just a reflection of many voices that were bapsu silenced.

The stories of the innocents trapped in the uproar are of Lenny’s childhood friend, a boy basi a Sikh village, and her beloved Hindu Amah, whose fate is sealed by being on the wrong side of the river on a map drawn up thousands of miles away. Basically it was a book in the local high school’s IB International Baccalaureate curriculum.

Here the tragedy is intensified by betrayal. These novels examine the inexorable logic of partition as an offshoot of fundamentalism and fanaticism sparked by hardening communal attitudes.

For this reason, Marianne Wiggins and many others rightly find fault with the narrative voice. He also sees the sack filled with the breasts of Muslim women. Lenny-baby lives with her relatively upper class family live in India amongst a wide diversity of religions.

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I’d never have read this book if it wasn’t for what this idiot did: Reading Sidhwa’s novel made me realise how thoroughly ignorant I was about Partition. It didn’t show us what the occupying outside force but what we did to each other. The unfolding of this narrative, however, through Lenny’s coming to understand the way her country breaks apart is what makes it such a tremendous story.