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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These novels examine the inexorable logic of partition as an offshoot of fundamentalism and fanaticism sparked by hardening communal attitudes. August marks the end of the British raj in the subcontinent.

The fire of verse gives me courage and bids me no more to be faint. Bapsi Sidhwa and Her Works: Mobs attacked people who were not of the majority faith. But now that I’ve been published, a whole world has opened up for me. I also found Lenny’s encounter with Gandhi particularly interesting. Bapsi Sidhwa’s novel is an incredibly moving account of the partition of India. 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 cand fundamentalism”?

Cracking India

I want to dive into the bestial creature clawing entrails, plucking eyes, tearing limbs, gouging hearts, smashing brains: I feel people outside the subcontinent can marvel at the sublime writing here more, can appreciate it more as they should, I mean that zidhwa of history is still very much hard and painful to read about. The hand that had cut your skin and sliced you Sidhwa is definitely one of my sidwha, favorite Pakistani writers.

cady During this reading, I realized that the prose wasn’t that good, compared to other Indian writers. I have a radio. But they look at Masseur as sidwa he is Not a person. Most of those particular passages contributed nothing to the story overall.


We get it, she’s attractive. I found the ending more satisfying than the movie ending. Long story very very short, in when the British eventually left, the whole area was divided into two: The fact now haunts me at night, thanks a lot. 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 that 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.

Perhaps I’m just in a really bad mood. And oh, the violence.

Ice-Candy Man

There is much disturbing talk. View all 3 comments. The Muslim men and children are butchered and Muslim women raped in the Mosques and then reduced to corpses by Sikh marauders. Sidhwa presents the tale through the eyes of a child which not only makes the account more compelling and astute, but also imparts an objectivity to it.

Though the writer herself says Lenny is not herself, one feels as if the narrator Lenny were the writer herself narrating the complete story of the partition.

With dust in my mouth, I am abject: He also becomes a poet. During this time she was an active women’s rights spokesperson, representing Pakistan in the Asian Women’s Congress of Bapdi sack slowly Topples over and Masseur spills out half on the dusty sidewalk, half on the gritty tarmac dispelling the stiletto reek of violence with smell of fresh roses.

All these incidents enrage the Muslims of Lahore and they in turn butcher the Sikhs and the Hindus in their area. He has friends from different communities. The unfolding of this narrative, however, through Lenny’s coming to understand the way her bapssi breaks apart is what makes it such a tremendous story.


Instead of water they pour fuel on the entire rows isdhwa the buildings on both the sides of the street which ignites in an incredible conflagration. These novels are remarked as partition novel.

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

Generally, in the novels of sidhwa, there are people from all walks of life and from all communities. In she received the Sitara-i- Imtiaz, Pakistan’s highest honour in the arts. Perhaps if our history books did not sugarcoat incidences such as this and others, we could actually learn from our mistakes to ensure history does not repeat itself.

People are pouring into the lanes from their houses and shops. Heartily recommended, but be warned: The kind of observations Lenny makes, the very writing and use of difficult words, the actions this ‘innocent’ child does.

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But most of the works are free from the religious and the communal bias and are written bapzi agony of compassion rather than of the anger. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The idea that during a religious turmoil people become acutely aware of their religious identity and turn into mere symbols of their religion plays a significant role in shaping the events in the novel. Trivia About Cracking India.

I think Sidhwa does a terrific job of illustrating the horror that colonialism leaves even in its aftermath.