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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Amidst the chaos, her beloved Ayah is abducted. A heartbreaking and fascinating slice of history with continuing ramifications today.

Writings on LahoreUSWater: The book itself is well written and worth a read. The vast volume of partition fiction in English, Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi, Bengali and many other languages of the subcontinent faithfully records the disaster in wake of partition.

The story is vicious in its honesty, and in how the characters react to the situations around them. Bapsi Sidhwa was born in Karachi in to Parsi parents, and raised in Lahore. This would be a wonderful book to teach and read in school. Godmother helps Shanta to go back to Amritsar to her family. I A hard-hitting novel about the Partition of India, as seen through the eyes of a young girl. The kind of love that is best described in Ice-candy-man is set in Lahore and has the partition of India as the backdrop.


Apr 04, OMalleycat rated it it was amazing. India doesn’t so much crack as it splinters into mutually distrusting ethnic and religious factions.

Cracking India – Wikipedia

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. In the novel while Lenny and Himmat Ali sidbwa walking on the Warris road, on the way icee find a bulging gunny-sack in which was found the Masseur dead.

Trivia About Cracking India. Such a sad and beautiful story. Therefore, It takes sichwa in s Lahore and is narrated by a young girl from siehwa affluent Parsee family. There is much disturbing talk. It is consequently difficult to develop any sort of emotional stock in the characters, who flit in and out and ultimately mostly are killed off abruptly “offscreen” without much dimensionality or purpose. Her works have now been translated into Russian, French and German. Here it seems the author has portrayed the character of Gandhijee focusing on very few traits of his personality.

More books by this author. The city folk can afford to fight. Some seventy-five thousand women were raped, and many of them were then disfigured or dismembered. Sidhwa writes about her childhood, “….

Her novels in English reflect her personal experience of the Partition of Indian subcontinent, abuse against women, immigration to the US, and membership in the Parsi or Zoroastrian community. The more I learn about the world’s history the more I am reminded that history constantly repeats itself.


Cracking India

It worsened the relations among Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims. 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. One day everybody is themselves — and the next day they are Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Christian. ive

View all 6 comments. Lahore is dealt to Pakistan, Amritsar to India. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

The kind of observations Lenny makes, the very writing and use of difficult words, the actions this ‘innocent’ child does. Sidhwa gives descriptions of burning Lahore in the novel that she witnessed during her childhood.

Refresh and try again. People are pouring into the lanes from their houses and shops. So, I serve my friends. The hand that had icw your skin and sliced your limbs was unsurprisingly your own.