Contributor residences (city, state or country if outside the US or Canada):
Born in Karachi, Pakistan and raised in Lahore, Bapsi Sidhwa has been lauded as Pakistan’s finest English-language novelist.” Sidhwa is the author of four novels: The Bride, Crow Eaters, An American Brat, and Cracking India (Ice-Candy-Man), which was a New York Times Notable Book, nominated by the American Library Association as Notable Book, and won the LiBerature Prize in Germany in 1991, and was made into the award-winning film Earth by Indian director Deepa Mehta in 1999. Sidhwa was the recipient the Sitara-i-Imtiaz, Pakistan’s highest honor in the arts in 1991, and was inducted into the Zoroastrian Hall of Fame in 2000. She has been awarded the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Writer’s Award, and the Bunting Fellowship from Radcliffe, amongst other honors. Her novels have been published abroad in India, Pakistan, the United Kingdom, Russia, France, Germany, Greece, and Italy. She has taught at several universities in the United States and the United Kingdom. Though she now resides with her husband in Houston, Texas, Sidhwa travels often to Pakistan, seeking the inspiration of Lahore and working as an activist for women’s and minority rights.
Contributor residences (city, state or country if outside the US or Canada): Houston, TX
Water: A Novelby Bapsi Sidhwa
Set in 1938, against the backdrop of Gandhi’s rise to/i>/i>/i>
The renowned author Bapsi Sidhwa and the equally renowned filmmaker Deepa Mehta share a unique artistic relationship: Mehta adapted Sidhwa’s novel Cracking India for her brilliant film Earth, and here, Sidhwa adapts Mehta’s controversial film Water to the printed page.
Set in 1938, against the backdrop of Gandhi’s rise to power, Water follows the life of eight-year-old Chuyia, abandoned at a widow’s ashram after the death of her elderly husband. There, she must live in penitence until her death. Unwilling to accept her fate, she becomes a catalyst for change in the widows’s lives. When her friend Kalyani, a beautiful widow-prostitute, falls in love with a young, upper-class Gandhian idealist, the forbidden affair boldly defies Hindu tradition and threatens to undermine the ashram’s delicate balance of power. This riveting look at the lives of widows in colonial India is ultimately a haunting and lyrical story of love, faith, and redemption.
Meet the Author
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
See all customer reviews
I SAW THE MOVIE "WATER" A WHILE BACK AND WAS ALWAYS INTERESTED IN READING THE BOOK, THIS IS A GREAT BOOK, I PASSED IT ON TO A FRIEND AND SHE PASSED IT ON TO HER CHURCH GROUP. THE MORE WE KNOW ABOUT OTHER CULTURES THE BETTER WE UNDERSTAND THE WORLD WE LIVE IN. I LOVED THIS BOOK, MUCH MORE DETAILED THAN THE MOVIE.
Loved this book. One of my favourites.