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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Writings on LahoreUSWater: The masseur, the gardener, the Ice Candy Man etc. As a memoir or in some other nonfiction format it might have been interesting, but as a novel it just doesn’t work. They talk about their relations, dependencies etc. Moreover, in the first visit of Lenny to Pir Pindo, we witness that Muslims vow to protect Sikhs from the upcoming danger cnady vice versa. The Punjab abpsi been divided by the icy cards- sharks dealing out the land village by village, city by city, wheeling and dealing and doling out favors…….

I was genuinely upset by this book and the matter of fact way it deals with the tragedy unfolding. These have to be inferred from mention of world events. Through the realistic description of a fictionalized story of partition readers are made to feel as if they were present at the time of partition to witness the event and trauma. The stories of the innocents trapped in the uproar are of Lenny’s childhood friend, a boy from a Sikh village, and her beloved Hindu Amah, whose fate is sealed by being on the wrong side of the river on a map mna up thousands of miles away.

I feel people outside the subcontinent can marvel at the sublime writing here more, bapwi appreciate it more as they should, I mean that part of history is still very much sdihwa and painful to read about.

It worsened the relations among Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims. A culturally beautiful Lahore of communal harmony unfolds in front of your eyes as you read through the pages.

Good opening paragraph, sketching the Lenny’s childhood ,an.


Ice-Candy Man

She has surely succeeded in this aim; but as she destroyed the customary distance between the author and the narrator. Skip to main content. The fire of verse gives me courage and sidhws me no more to be faint.

Sidhwa is an excellent story teller. The city folk can afford to fight. It might be wrong of me to compare but bspsi put this book side by side with Persepolis which comprises of a similar themeI found the protagonist to be charmless, for the lack of a better word. She has also taught college-level English courses at St. Being the first Pakistani author I’ve read, this book has set a standard which I look forward to break by reading other writers. There’s talk of rape and sex. There exists communal harmony among the people belonging to different communities.

Perhaps I’m just in a really bad mood. Will I have to behave like other children, slogging for my share of love and other handouts? Born on August 11, in Karachi, bbapsi what is now Pakistan, and migrating shortly thereafter to Lahore, Bapsi Sidhwa witnessed the blo Bapsi Sidhwa is Pakistan’s leading diasporic writer.

Why must 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”? Refresh and try again.

Mar 23, Nicole Means rated it really liked it. Men of all religions and ages are drawn to her.

Cracking India – Wikipedia

All this show how fake is the sweetness of man. It vanishes and the iced-face comes into light when such a situation arises. I love the narration through the point of view sidhwq the young Lenny whose innocence is cracked along with her country.

Lenny’s innocence, exuberant humour, and heart-wrenching perspicacity leads us through these momentous events, revealing the irrationality of adult behaviour as the ba;si unity of a nation teeters on the cusp of historic change. I found the ending more satisfying than the movie ending. She is an inspiration, truly. Therefore, It takes place in s Lahore and is narrated by a young girl from an affluent Parsee family. I real This book was unsuccessfully challenged in DeLand, Florida, so of course, I went out and read it right way.


Lenny enjoys a happy, privileged life in Lahore, but the kidnapping of her beloved Ayah signals a dramatic change. There is a mention of Ayah’s ‘voluminous globules’ and the like every 5th page. Her family is indulgent and loving, and she is surrounded by neighbours and servants of every conceivable religious and ethnic background, who at the start, all appear to live in harmony. A heartbreaking and fascinating slice of history with continuing ramifications today.

The concept of stylistic fragmentation brilliantly resembled the thematic fragmentation of the chaotic ccandy and the perverse characters involved.

Ice-candy-man – Bapsi Sidhwa – Google Books

This would have been four maybe even five stars on the strength of the creepiest Gandhi passage in all literaturebut Ice-candy-man got off way too easy, and no matter how much sense it makes it nevertheless infuriates me. The Partition set off the largest mass migration in human history. Deepa Mehta’s movie “Earth” is based on this and I can recall the tragic ending even today several years after seeing the movie.

Crippled by polio but inquisitive and spirited, Lenny spends her days in the park with her beautiful Ayah, enjoying the company of the plethora of suitors drawn to her striking nanny.

It didn’t show us what the occupying outside force but what we did to each other.

Cracking India

Oct 22, Erika B. Bapsi Sidhwa was born in Karachi in to Parsi parents, and raised in Lahore. It reveals all the raw wounds that are still fresh, without reflecting much on the healing part, but how do you heal from the wounds you inflicted yourself?

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Her works have now been translated into Russian, French and German. The story is at its high point when the Ice-Candy-Man has had a change of heart in the light of recent massacres.