Bapsi Sidha, Cracking India

40238Cracking India is Pakistani writer Bapsi Sidhwa’s fascinating look at the 1947 Partition of India from the “other” side (that is to say, what the view was like from Lahore, rather than Delhi!) The narrator of the story is a young Parsi (Zoroastrian) girl named Lenny, who has a physical handicap, and as such, spends a great deal of time with her beloved Ayah, who happens to be Hindu. Although Lenny and her family are “neutral” (not belonging to any of the three religions engaged in slaughtering one another in 1948), the terrible winds of change and violence find them as well. (This novel also formed the basis of Deepa Mehta’s film “Earth” and Sidhwa wrote the “novelization” of Mehta’s film “Water.”)

(Read from March 30-March 31st, 2010)

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