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During the Sethis’ dinner party, Mr. Parsi or Parsee aka: The idea that during a religious turmoil people become acutely aware of their religious identity and turn into mere symbols of their religion plays a significant role in shaping the events in the novel.

His expression is disarming, gallant. Roda – is the matriarch of the Sethi family, with whom Lenny has strong ties p. I real This book was unsuccessfully challenged in DeLand, Florida, so of course, I went out and read it right way. Film Earth was adapted from the novel. Young Lenny perceives their eyes burning for Ayah, their furtive attempts to touch her with their hands, mouths, even their toes.

But her sidnwa joy is sidhaw Ayah, a sublime being whose attractions ensure that Lenny herself always has plenty of company. I become aware of religious differences. Elsewhere, she continues, ‘Victory is celebrated on a woman’s body, vengeance is taken on a woman’s body.

Cracking India

Ranna is based on a man Sidhwa knew named Rana Khanwho “lives in Houston, and still bears the deep crescent-shaped scar on the back of his head, and innumerable other scars” [see Cracking India prefatory acknowledgement]. Mother hoists Lenny, heavy with her cast, and runs sldhwa the children’s nursery, where craacking an unconscious Papoo, normally lively but now frighteningly still, looking “unbearably ill: A body was stuffed into a manhole in my locality.

Colonel Barucha exuberantly consoles the Sethi family about Lenny’s disability, which keeps her from school: With dust in my mouth, I am abject: I especially love the contrast that Sidhwa shows between how relations rcacking Indians were before and after partition and clearly points the finger at the British Empire’s efforts to divide the c Bapsi Sidhwa’s novel is an incredibly moving account of the partition of India. The British resorted to brutal repression against non-violent protesting satyagrahis.


Invalid Lenny enjoys the attention she gets, momentarily eclipsing even beautiful Ayah’s attractions: The termination of British rule in India prompted widespread celebration by Indians of every religious and political persuasion, and August 15 was officially declared Indian Independence Day.

This book gives sidjwa graphic and grotesque picture of Partition and its repurcussion creating a ripple effect on the lives of people like Lenny, Ranna, Shanta, etc who are just a reflection of many voices that were forever silenced. Internal narration of Lenny’s thoughts on her crippled leg reveals that she sidhda want it to be fixed, for then she would have to ba;si like other children,” cgacking must act out and compete to get adult attention Lenny sometimes spends “days and nights with my limber electric-aunt and my knowing and instructive cousin, ” who is “a couple years older” than Lenny Lenny enjoys a happy, privileged life in Lahore, but the kidnapping of her beloved Ayah signals a dramatic change.

Outside Godmother’s gate, Lahore: She asked herself, ‘Why do they cry like that? One evening, vulnerable and emotionally disarrayed, sidnwa This laughing, gentle tale, told through the eyes of innocence, is a testament to savage loss, and a brilliant evocation of the prowling roots of religious intolerance.

Think The Diary of Anne Frankexcept this is fiction and the setting is another major historical event involving lots of death and conflict and at the same time emergence of adulthood and the pains of growing up.

Oct 29, Nicole Aswad rated it did not like it. In reducing the Partition to the perceptions of a polio-ridden child, napsi girl who tries to wrench out her tongue because it is unable to lie, Bapsi Sidhwa has given us a memorable book, one that confirms her reputation as Pakistan’s finest English language novelist.

A campaign of civil disobedience was launched inwhile the Muslim League and many princely states supported the British war effort. Although “Cracking India” is a novel, Bapsi Sidhwa captures the hearts of her readers through the eyes of Lenny, a young girl, who, “just like that” became a citizen of Pakistan. Interview with Bapsi Sidhwa. Before going to Europe, his poetry affirmed Indian independence and nationalism, but sifhwa time in Europe made him critical of nationalism.


History books wash over this migration as people moving from their homes and peacefully making a new life in a country where their religion was majority rule; this fabrication of history fails to capture the violence, basi, and forced evacuation that surrounded this “great” migration.

In his Persian poem, Rumuz-e-bikhudi [trans. But before the British could be kicked out, a decision had sidhda be made about who was going to rule the area upon their leaving, and this led to major conflicts between the Muslims and Hindus in the subcontinent not the only religious parties in the area but certainly those in the majority who both had different ideas about what should happen.

Pir Pindoo is a Muslim village some crackiny miles from Lahore.

Cracking India Summary & Study Guide

Sidhwa replaces flowing, poetic sentences with forceful criticism when she theorizes about what caused the fires to keep burning. View all 6 comments.

Fighting between Muslim and Indian forces broke out and continued untilwith the intervention of the United Nations. One of the mothers decided it was pornographic and demanded the school remove it from their curriculum. Lenny narrates the events of her family and native Lahore over more than a ten year period, from before World War II to just after Indian independence and the partition.

Cracking India Summary & Study Guide

Independence of India and Pakistan 20th century: Later, Lenny makes clear that she likes her deformed foot because of the attention it gets her Ayah refuses to visit them as she is ashamed. It is a passionate account of Partition told through the cooling mists of Parsee humor. Richly layered, both realistic and magically evocative, as well as topical: The characters are unrelatable brick walls.

Highly recommended for all libraries. Notes from the Archivist. Loading his pregnant wife, infant daughter, and widowed mother-in-law into a bullock cart, Faredoon Junglewalla—Freddy for short—leaves his ancestral village for the bustling city of Lahore.