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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Never knew such a thing existed. 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 and as her distress follows the death of her elderly husband, she is abandoned at a widows’ ashram.

The climax, where Shakuntala the sympathetic, middle-aged widow, holds Chuhia close to her chest, looking out desperately to give the child away to one of the Gandhian followers at a station, widhwa one of the most touching portions of this book.

She is expected to join her husband when she reaches the age of childbearing, however when she waher only eight, her husband — whom she has met only once — dies. The responsibilities of a family led her to conceal her literary prowess.

Add to Your books. Project Gutenberg 0 editions. For example, the love of Kalyani and Narayan bwpsi impromptu. Since then, she has received numerous awards and honorary professorships for these first two works and her two most recent novels, Cracking India and An American Brat.

If notability cannot be established, the article is likely to be mergedredirectedor deleted. Scholey Feb 7, Members Reviews Popularity Average rating Mentions 63. Mother of chuiya was against this marriage but she have not deny her husband and she also know the reality of society. The condition of women and plight of widows shapes up as part of a larger narrative in this book. Kaushaliya took chuiya with her. However, the story didn’t always follow her.


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Thanks to NGOs, some caring religious organziations, and other caring Indian people, some warer of a basic existence is offered to some of the 40, widows of India. The fact that Chuhia manages to escape a life of drudgery and other ills associated with the widowhood in the ghetto symbolises a ray of hope even for those caught in the most helpless circumstance. It gives a picture of Hindu widows and their miserable lives.

As far as the story is concern, has been consist of miserable lives of widows in hindu society, while they don’t know when their husband have been died and from which year they are living in Ashram. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Being able to write for such appreciative readers like you all truly makes it so worthwhile.

Started reading this novel without realizing it was based on the movie, not the usual scenario. She is currently working on collections of short stories and essays, while fulfilling her duties as Writer-in-Residence and English professor at Mt. To ask other readers questions about Waterplease sign up. She has no or little memory of her wedding except the food she enjoyed and the attention lavished upon her at the time. Her stories are easy to read and find myself pulled back in time to my childhood.

I would have given this book a 5 star rating, but I had some irritations over the writing and mechanics of the book. How lucky you are to have been able to attend that conference! You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data. Sep 18, Dzenita rated it liked it Shelves: Is it the penance of the sins from the last life?

Kalyani, a something widow befriends One of the most amazing books I’ve ever read, Water isn’t so much about a six-year-old widow than it is about a beautiful young widow who defies tradition and finds love.


Do you know if it’s “rentable”? There were too many points of view that changed without warning.

A pesar de que en La India se han dictado leyes para intentar cambiar el sino de las viudas, la conciencia de la sociedad sigue siendo otra, y la vida de la gran parte de estas mujeres sigue siendo lamentable. Firstly, it allows the author to survey and describe the scenes with impartial, child-like curiosity, thereby also dispelling some of its solemnity. But Chuyia has always been a fighter, and her stubborn resistance to ancient eater adds a bright spot of life to the dreary existence of these women.

You’re welcome, Jenclair It’s an eye-opener and to think it happens to this day! I was very intrigued by this story of a young 8 year old who is married off to this 44 year old man.

Sati had been outlawed, widows would put themselves on a pyre of fire and die for their husbands wager, but terrible injustices prevailed for widows. Further suggestions might be found on the article’s talk page. Bapsi Sidhwa has an amazing capacity to relay her knowledge of Indian life and Pakistani life sidjwa about in her other books and in this case, the story is sad beyond words. Ghandi came to village and people went to see him.

This shows a lazy writing.

Water: A Novel

Home Groups Talk Zeitgeist. Yeah, I’m rankled that they still exist, but I don’t think I’ll be reading this one. Amazing that in a world where women can waater CEO, presidents, mothers or artists practices even more barbaric than this continue.