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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But now that I’ve been published, a sihwa world has opened up for me. People as whole are divided, in any place even within the same place.

Looking at iice massacre and madness of the Partition from the perspective of a child was a very different experience. Jul 31, Anushree Thareja rated it really liked it. But this is a harrowing and a very grim novel.

Cracking India

This is reflected in the novel where the author does not show partisanship between the ethnic groups. For now the tide is turned- and the Hindus are being favored over the Sidwa by the remnants of the Raj.

With dust in my mouth, I am abject: I become aware of religious differences. Unfortunately, in the book, Sidhwa continues the story post this major incident of betrayal immediately affecting Lenny, whereby this event seems to get hurried and unjustifiably short treatment.

Hence the title Ice Candy Man of the novel carries great and profound significance both in terms of humanity as well as the individual.

Ice-Candy Man

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 drawn up thousands of miles away. The unfolding of this narrative, however, through Lenny’s coming to understand the bxpsi her country breaks apart is what makes it such a tremendous story.

In spite having sensitive discussions, they remain friends and all are the admirers of Shanta Devi who is a Hindu. Sidhwa gives descriptions of burning Lahore in the novel that she witnessed during her childhood. Being written from the curious view point of a child, Ice-Candy-Man is a narrative of discoveries.


I’d never have read this book if it wasn’t for what this idiot did: 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. Also, shouldn’t Goodreads have a system where they categorize this as one book? A hard-hitting novel about the Partition of India, as seen through the eyes of a young girl. Think The Diary of Anne Frankexcept this is fiction and the setting is another major historical event involving lots of death and conflict and at the same time emergence of adulthood and the pains of growing up.

Perhaps I’m the wrong audience for this book. Mar 07, Hesper rated it liked it Shelves: Bapsi Sidhwa is a prolific and an eminent Pakistani diasporic writer.

Cracking India by Bapsi Sidhwa

Moreover, it focuses on feminism. But this candy-like situation vanishes with the breaking of violence of partition and the ice portion becomes visible. I feel people outside the subcontinent can marvel at the sublime writing here more, can appreciate it more as they should, I mean that part of history is still very much hard and painful to read about. Butalia Urvashi the Other Side of Silence: Ankush Mahajan, is a pursuing M.

Ayah takes Lenny around town with her and exposes her to many different things all the while hatred and discontent seep into the narrative. It examines the inexorable logic of Partition as an offshoot baapsi fundamentalism sparked by communal hatred. I really don’t know much about this, so I had to look a lot of things up. The actual details of the partition are lost between this bland narration.

A novel about Partition, laced with hilarity and heartbreak As the British eke out the final days of their rule of India, the threat of Partition gathers and sectarian violence escalates, spreading across the nation and jan ever closer to the affluent fringes of Lahore.

Log In Sign Up. Young Lenny Sethi is kept out of school because she suffers from polio. Sidhwa remains a potent voice among the modern feminist writers. Yet I still found it to be boring, uneven, and poorly suited to Perhaps I’m the wrong audience for this book. 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.


He possesses the qualities of wit and humour and entertains the readers with his funny actions. Regarding this change, Lenny remarks: So, I serve my friends.

Being a parsi, sidhwa through her novels focuses attention on rapidly changing scenario in her parsi polity and culture. The story is essentially of Ayah, a character who represents the thousands of women who fell prey to men-turned-beasts. But all-in-all, I will hurriedly pass this book on to the next poor junior who will have to read this for a series of tasteless Literature classes in their final year. More books by this author.

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. I give them enemas myself there is no shame in it- I am like their mother you can see how smooth and moist their skin is look at their shining eyes! It takes place in s Lahore and is narrated by a young girl from an affluent Parsee family.

Ice-candy-man – Bapsi Sidhwa – Google Books

Barucha, who is a dominant figure of the Parsi community arranges meetings and asks sihwa people to remain neutral as they are minority. Sidhwa tells the story of the partition of India through the eyes of young Lenny, who is a Parsee girl living in Lahore. To us villagers, what does it matter if a peasant is a Hindu, or a Muslim, or a Sikh? Oct 09, Anum Shaharyar rated it really liked it Shelves: We get it, she’s attractive.

The child- narrator Lenny is also affected by the violence at Lahore.