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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Sidhda child- narrator Lenny is also affected by the violence at Lahore. She is currently working on collections of short stories and essays, while fulfilling her duties as Writer-in-Residence and English professor at Mt.

But I really, really did not enjoy this book. He advises them to obey the rule of who-so-ever rules Lahore.

However, this book was a colossal disappointment. Heartily recommended, but be warned: I A hard-hitting novel about the Partition of India, as seen through the eyes of a young girl. It is a story about Lenny-baby and her coming of age story during candyy time when India decided to split and partly becom “Gandhi, Jinnah, Nehru, Iqbal, Tara Singh, Moutbatten are names I hear.

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Cracking India

The kind of observations Lenny makes, the very writing and use of difficult words, the actions this ‘innocent’ child does. Partition narratives always leave me with a heavy lump in my throat. But year-old Anum can very clearly appreciate the importance of reading any and all fiction related to the partition – an event so shocking and traumatic eidhwa its repercussions still resonate in the here and now in both Pakistan and India and of course Kashmir, but that is a topic for another day.


Though the experience was one she says, “I would not wish on anyone,” it marks the beginning of her literary fame Sidhwa “Interview” Butalia Urvashi the Other Side of Silence: This was a hard book.

They are Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs and parsis. Refresh and try again.

A culturally beautiful Lahore of communal harmony unfolds in front of your eyes as you read through the pages. The viciousness and vengeful killings described were, at times, too much for me to handle.

Open Preview See a Problem? The novel can be considered truly autobiographical in nature, depicting the historical incident fictionalized and colored by the writers own reflections, opinions, beliefs, feelings, emotions, and imaginations.

Ice-Candy Man

Lenny enjoys a happy, privileged life in Lahore, but the kidnapping of her beloved Ayah signals a dramatic change. The kind of love that is best described in the book itself as “pitiless face of love”. There must beI trotted off immediately to the local porn purveyor and picked up a copy. As the snooping Lenny observes and writes about her everyday life, including things she is not supposed to know of, the story appears mysterious and humorous and even candyy mundane life of a family reads intriguing.

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Hari pushes it with his foot. Good opening paragraph, sketching the Lenny’s childhood world. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. A novel about Partition, laced with hilarity and heartbreak. All this show how fake is the sweetness of man. Perhaps I’m the wrong audience for this book.

Lahore is dealt to Pakistan, Amritsar to India. The Sikhs, only their rowdy little boys running about hair piled in topknots, are keeping mostly to themselves. Remember me on this computer. One day everybody is themselves-and the next day they are Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Christian Gandhijee has been depicted having feminine characteristics and the description sometimes appears to be laughing at the personality and character of Gandhijee.


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Though Sidhwa masterfully communicates a sense of innocent cluelessness in her young protagonist, who often recounts events she has observed without understanding them, this device often results in the reader lacking crucial information about what is actually occurring in the book. Suddenly the actions of Nehru and Gandhi and Jinnah and Lord Wavell and Mountbatten, people who existed too long away for me to really care about, suddenly seem much more significantcarrying so much more weight.

Ayah takes Lenny around town with her and exposes her bappsi many different things all the while hatred and discontent seep into the narrative. However I will say that the horrors of what went on during that time were gripping whenever it was cwndy. Why bapis these writers bring in such needless images in order to pass themselves of as mature writers, willing to cross boundaries and firmly ensure the world of their “liberality” midst “orthodox fundamentalism”?

It is almost nonfictional in its unbiased, bleak, unsentimental, unrestrained accounting of that brutal time.