Water, her latest, is set in , when the traditions of colonial India were Bapsi Sidhwa’s novel about an exiled child-widow evokes Gandhi’s. A Novel Water by Bapsi Sidhwa. KP. Krishna Patel. Updated 5 June Transcript. Significance. Themes. Lack of women’s rights. Throughout the novel. All about Water: A Novel by Bapsi Sidhwa. LibraryThing is a cataloging and social networking site for booklovers.

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Water: A Novel

A sad story of a young girl who becomes a widow and who is left by her family to live with other widows in a house for widows. It was a good book, but not one that I would read again.

The plot is set inas Gandhi rises to power in the background of the story, Water follows the struggles of eight-year-old Chuyia,as she is married off wated Why does something has to happen in a person’s life when it doesn’t need to happen?

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Dec 18, Kelly rated it it was ok Shelves: I found the book helped explain a lot of the traditions and customs of marriage and widowhood in Indian society. Life in a widow’s ashram in India in is not a pretty story.

Born on Bqpsi 11, in Karachi, in what is now Pakistan, and migrating shortly thereafter to Lahore, Bapsi Sidhwa witnessed the bloody Partition of the Indian Subcontinent as a young child in I’ve added the book to my list and will add the film to my Netflix que. This book portrays the pain, the unhapp This is a wonderful story, a painful story, of young widows and old widows, who were deserted by their in-laws when their husbands died, to live out their lives in an ashram.

Jun 24, Lesley rated it really liked it. I enjoyed this story it never resulted to gratuitous violent scenes to portray a rough life and the glimpse into a different culture. The book has been started with normal scenery of village and the cheering sound of children. Due to bad Karma accumulated during a previous sinful life a widow is responsible for the death of her husband and can only atone for this by being disowned by her family sodhwa in-laws, shaving her head, living at near-starvation level, wrapping herself in a piece of unstitched, of course!


Published March 29th by Milkweed Editions first published It’s about the young widows and customs surrounding them in India. Thanks for this review! I’m all worn out, just thinking about it. Why were widows treated this way in India of the ‘s? They live out their lives in ashrams with shaved heads and white saris. I could’ve read this over a lifetime. Despite wwter focus bapzi being on the plight of widows of Ind This is a longer version of the screenplay of the movie by Deepa Mehta.

On the other hand, widowers are free to live their life warer respect and are not at all responsible for the death of their wives.

And stuff like this still goes on today! Watre Kindle 0 editions. An amazing novel written by Bapsi Sidhwa! Thnk-you for telling your blogger friends about this movie and book. Bapsi Sidhwa based on the film by Deepa Mehta. She is currently sater on zidhwa of short stories and essays, while fulfilling her duties as Writer-in-Residence and English professor at Mt.

Water is a novel by author Bapsi Sidhwa that was published in Thanks to your recommendations it’s next on my list.

She is unaware of love society should allow these human beings for their rights. Retrieved from ” https: She consult all these issues with the pandit came ghat. Saddest thing happened soon after two year the sihdwa man have been died and leave chuiya a nine year old girl as his widow for all her life.

Naryan took her with himself and left the area. Even though she is married she continues to live with her family for 8 years like a guest, for daughters never belong to the house in which they were born. Many of India’s widows were young children, as young as six years old. An ashram or a brothel? Take a look if you can: These heartwrecking questions are asked again and again in Bapsi Sidhwa’s widely recognized novel Water. Watching Chuyia begin to understand her circumstance as she terrifyingly runs for escape screaming for her family, one can only feel a tragic catharsis These are sidhaa of the last words Chuyia hears from anyone familiar to her, as her condition abandons her in an ashram for Hindu widows to spend the rest of her life in renunciation.


Isdhwa instance, widows from rich households no longer have to go to the ashrams because they are no longer considered “bad luck”. The journey with chuiya the protagonist is sdihwa, and makes us thankful that all these policies and practices is done for. I will have a post up about it this evening so you can read it!!: This riveting look at the lives of widows in colonial India is ultimately a haunting and lyrical story of love, faith, and redemption.

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Oct 10, Laura rated it really liked it Shelves: The story is set during the period watsr the British Indian Empire in the yearwhen India was still under colonial rule by the British. SabinaE Jan 23, I was fascinated by this novel. Names were given to characters that the main character hadn’t learned yet. Sad, because from my culture, religion, and perspective widows are to be cared for and loved and given uplifted status; not, in the culture described in this story, cast out and thrown onto the garbage heap.

The potency and emotional impact sidhwz the story is probably why Deepa Mehta refused to let go off her dream of making the film. The comments above make it even more intriguing.