Book Review – Water• Author : Bapsi Sidhawa• Publisher : Penguin Group.• Published in year : 2006
About the author - Bapsi SidhwaBapsi Sidhwa is the internationally acclaimed awardwinning author of four novels : an American Brat, ThePakistani Bride, The Crow Eater An Ice Candy Man.Which was the New York Times notable note book of theyear and was made into the film 1947: Earth by DeepaMehta.Her work has been published in ten countries and hasbeen translated into several languages. Born in Karachi,and bought up in Lahore, Sidhwa now lives in Houston,Texas.
Introduction of Water• Water follows the life of eight year old girl Chuyia, a childbride who is abandoned at a widows ashram in Banaresafter her fifty year old husband dies. There, she isexpected to spend the rest of her life in penitence.• Unwilling to accept her fare, Chuyia becomes a catalystfor the change in the lives of the widows. When herfriend , the beautiful widows – prostitute Kalyani, falls inlove with Narayan, A young, upper- class Gandhianidealist, the affair boldly defies Hindu tradition andthreatens to undermine the delicate balance of powerwithin the ashram.• Sidhwa’s sensitive storytelling makes this a novel richwith unforgettable characters.
Introduction of Water ( Contd .. )Water offers a riveting examination of the lives of widowsin colonial India, but ultimately it is a haunting and lyricalstory of love , faith and redemption.