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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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Hi Lotus, I’m wondering about some specifics about widowhood in the s. It gives a picture of Hindu widows and their miserable lives. This is a quick read in terms of complexity but with moments of heaviness that make it a difficult book at times.

But now that I’ve been published, a whole world has opened up for me. Pretty sixhwa novel based on the movie. Aug 25, Christiane rated it liked it Shelves: The renowned author Bapsi Sidhwa and the equally renowned filmmaker Deepa Mehta share a unique artistic relationship: The book is based on the movie with the same name, enjoyed reading the waater, but definitely enjoyed the movie even more. Water is set inwhen India was still under the colonial rule of the British, and when the marriage of children to older men was commonplace.

Paperbackpages. Scritto basandosi sulla sceneggiatura del film Water di Deepa Mehta, Acqua racconta la storia di Watrr, una bambina indiana, che sposata a sei anni diventa vedova a otto.

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Dec 31, Hafsa Sabira rated it it was amazing Shelves: Such a fascinating and emotional story. The year of was going on in the era Gandhi was prevailing in Indian society through his follower and the teachings. The book is based on the bapsu with the same zidhwa, had a bit of trouble understanding the beginning of the story, but as the story progressed became very sidhwz of this book.


I read as far as your link to the trailer and then watched it. Hi, Angela and Anoc Yes, it does go on today, but not to the same extent it did in the ‘s. Jul 10, Manisha Nagpal rated it liked it. You bring up a good point – but in the case of “Water”, I think the book provided nice backstories for Chuiya, Shakuntala and Kalyani the movie, due to time constraints couldn’t show us what the lives of these protagonists were like before they became widows.

I have recently read two books on Nigeria, including your own wonderful “Looming Fog” and I, too, have things I would love to ask you. 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 and in-laws, shaving her head, living at near-starvation level, wrapping herself in a piece of unstitched, of course! It’s not better than the film, which is truly outstanding within its genre, nor is it equal to Sidhwa’s masterpieces, but it is a great read and won’t disappoint anyone — unless they are comparing it to the movie.

While the novel itself is a useful chronicle in understanding a certain stinging reality, what really elevates it —even on a fictional level- is the character of 8-year-old Chuyia. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Life in a widow’s ashram in India in is not a pretty story.

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It was a fantastic book and I have already recommended it to others. I enjoyed this story it never resulted to gratuitous violent scenes to portray a rough life and the glimpse into a different culture. With the death of her husband she is caste off to the ashram at around 8 yrs of age.

When ghandi left she ask caravan to take her and handover her to Ghandi and take care of her from this miserable society and customs of this side. Oh, how I feel the strong restrictive force of schoolwork!


Mother of chuiya was against this marriage but she have not deny her husband and she also know the reality of society. Just loved the language in the book and the author’s ability to take very ordinary and mundane domestic scenes, transforming them into enchanting passages just by using her powers of observation and description. Already a huge success, writing this book must be a huge challenge for Bapsi Sidhwa.

You’re welcome, Jenclair It’s an eye-opener and to think it happens to this day!

The rest of the novel edtails her adjustment to her new life, her relationships with the other widows, and her contact with the outside world for which she yearns. I saw the movie, and it broke my heart. At the same wwater head of Ashram send chuiya for prostitution of that state.

The renowned novel was adapted from Deepa Mehta’s controversial movie of the same title. The book’s theme—a brutal examination of the lives of widows in colonial India, is riveting from the word go.

Water: A Novel

Furthermore many followers of Ghandi were with him vis-a-vis opponents particularly religous leaders were against him because they consider him rebel of traditional Hinduism. Onto the TBR list it goes! I would have given this book a 5 star rating, but I had some irritations over the writing and mechanics of the book. Jun 24, Lesley rated it really liked bapei. Unfortunately 2 years before she becomes of age to reside with her, now 50 year old, husband,he dies.

She rips your heart out with the book in such a way that you enjoy it.