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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Parsi Community in Ice Candy Man by Bapsi Sidhwa | English Summary

Sidhwa also criticizes the British design, commenting that obtaining their objective to divide India, they favored Hindus over Muslims. Maybe that’s the whole point, this book serves as a mirror, a witness. Lenny enjoys a happy, privileged life in Lahore, but the kidnapping of her beloved Ayah signals a dramatic change. The Partition of India is the backdrop for this powerful novel, narrated by a precocious child who describes the brutal transition with chilling veracity.

Remember me on this computer. It might be wrong of me to compare but to 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.

If I hadn’t been forced to read it, I would sidbwa have gone even 5 miles near it. The character of Godmother becomes quite powerful suddenly in the last pages, which seems disconnected from the rest of the story. The transformation of one of her most trusted friends should have been the cie focal point of the story, as siidhwa suggested by the title of the book. Generally, in the novels of sidhwa, there are people from all walks of life and from all communities.

With some ironic exposures, Bapsi bpasi shows the brutalization which communal frenzy causes. Ice Siduwa Man who was once an admirer of Shanta Devi, being enraged by violence, helps the lustful crowd in dragging her out of the house, mah take her to kotha and gang rape her.


Bapsi Sidhwa is a prolific and an eminent Pakistani diasporic writer. The central character, Lenny, is about four years old when the novel opens, growing up in Lahore in a prosperous family from the tiny Parsi Zoroastrian religious minority, but with her physical development affected by polio.

Ayah takes Lenny around town with her and exposes her to many different things all the while hatred and discontent seep into the narrative.

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Deepa Mehta’s movie “Earth” is based on this and I can recall the tragic ending even today several years after aidhwa the movie. Cracking India by Bapsi Sidhwa. 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. The Partition set off the largest mass migration in human history.

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I think Camdy does a terrific job of illustrating the horror that colonialism leaves even in its aftermath. This book was unsuccessfully challenged in DeLand, Florida, so of course, I went out and read it right way.

Bapsi Sidhwa was born in Karachi in to Parsi parents, and raised in Lahore. Most of those particular passages contributed nothing to the story overall.

Bapsi Sidhwa and Her Works: Therefore, 8-year-old Lenny is able to listen in on political discussions that take place amongst the Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, and Christians who flock to Ayah.

How can we fight each other? Cracking India by Bapsi Sidhwa 1 7 Jul 27, Title of the novel Ice Candy Man seems to be contradictory as Lenny is the protagonist of the novel and the story revolves around the bloody partition of Indian Sub-continent during the late s.

Oct 05, Paige rated it it was amazing. Sidhaa picked this up after hearing the author read and speak on a panel. A naked child, twitching on a spear struck between her shoulders, is waved like a flag: The book got slightly interesting starting from part where Ayah is captured, other than that I found it to be slow at the beginning and it didn’t really get any better towards the middle. He tries to convince Ayah about his true love for her but she leaves for Amritsar and he follows her to the border.


The character of Lenny could also at times be an odd mix of childhood naivete and sharp intelligence, but overall I thought this was a very high quality novel, and an uncomfortable warning as to how quickly it can all fall apart.

Unless you are looking for Indian Pornography. A hard-hitting novel about the Partition of India, as seen through the eyes of a young girl. It deals with this period of time with no background information. To ask other readers questions about Cracking Indiaplease sign up.

Maan helps Shanta to go back to Amritsar to her family. He possesses the qualities of sidhda and humour and entertains the readers with his funny actions. The train to Pakistan comes to Lahore having the dead bodies of Muslims. She was delightful, and I wish I had time to binge read her novels.

The sorrow is too close and personal, so I cannot bring myself to finish reading cajdy book. A body was stuffed into a manhole in my locality.

Cracking India

She reproduces the experiences and events in a manner that makes reader feel the same, though the 21 century readers may not have witnessed the events themselves. Partition based fictional autobiography Kce Later she is forced to become a prostitute. Instead of water they pour fuel on the entire rows of the buildings on both the sides of the street which ignites in an incredible conflagration.

Ice Candy Man is a good person having humorous nature when we meet him in the beginning.

There must beI trotted off immediately to the local porn purveyor and picked up a copy. Can one break a country?