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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She has also taught college-level English courses at St. But, at pages it’s a quick read! Film was a success as it was nominated for most of the categories in Foreign Films of Canada and won them too. You can also watch the movie which is wonderfully done. When Naryan talked to his father he said she is no goddess just wated her a mistress and live your life. Look out for the movie at the Oscars this year – I’m keeping the fingers of my right hand crossed it wins and the fingers of my left hand are crossed for “Rang De Basanti” which is the Indian film competing with Water!

The book is made more interesting with the love story of Kalyani and narayan, hateful sater, and chuiya s strong support system Shakunthala. This book portrays the pain, the unhapp This is a wonderful story, a painful story, of young widows and old widows, who were deserted by their in-laws when their husbands died, to live out their lives in an ashram. Gosh, yes, the movie made me cry buckets and while the book wasn’t as emotionally wrenching, I don’t mind admitting I got very teary-eyed towards the end.

I cried thrice while reading this heartbreaking ,heart wrenching piece. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Following Hindu tradition, when a man died, his widow would be forced to spend the rest of her life in a widow’s ashram, an institution for widows to bapsk amends for the sins from her previous life that supposedly caused her husband’s death.

When she came to know about Kalyani and Naryan affair.

The plot is set inas Gandhi rises to power in the background of the story, Water follows the bapdi of eight-year-old Chuyia,as she is married off an Why does something has to happen in a person’s life when it doesn’t need to happen? When Naryan and kalyani reached at Naryan’s home then she came to know she is already mistress of his father.


This is a wonderful story, a painful story, of young widows and old widows, sidhhwa were deserted by their in-laws when their husbands died, to live out their lives in an ashram.

Aug 12, Paulina rated it really liked it. Some of the scenes bapsii should have elicited a lot of emotion were quickly written and tended to make them feel less important where some unimportant scenes were given too much attention.

Open Preview See a Problem? The climax, where Shakuntala the sympathetic, middle-aged widow, holds Chuhia close to her chest, looking out desperately to give the child eater to one of the Gandhian followers at a station, is one of the most touching portions of this book.

The renowned author Bapsi Sidhwa and the equally renowned filmmaker Deepa Mehta share a unique artistic relationship: Even though she is married she continues to live with her family for 8 years like a guest, for daughters never belong to the house in which they were born. Many of India’s widows were young children, as sidhwz as six years old. August Learn how and when to remove this template message. The characters are well fleshed out, even the ‘bad’ ones, it all strikes a nice balance.

Names were given to characters that the main character hadn’t learned yet.

Agua denuncia con dulzura una triste realidad que desgraciadamente no ha pasado a la historia. For a full length summary see: Scritto basandosi sulla sceneggiatura del film Water di Deepa Mehta, Acqua racconta la storia di Chuyia, una bambina indiana, che sposata a sei anni diventa vedova a otto.

You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data. Though the experience was one she says, “I would not wish on anyone,” it marks the beginning of her literary fame Sidhwa “Interview” I missed the seeing the movie, After reading your review, I will definitely go and see it Wikipedia in English None.

Water: A Novel

Such a fascinating and emotional story. Paperbackpages.

CD Audiobook 0 editions. As one Brahmin man in the book justifies it, “Our holy texts say Brahmins can sleep with whomever they want, and the women they sleep with are blessed. He started his mission by visiting various places of India as well as preach Hindus about change is required in their society.

Born on August 11, in Karachi, in what is now Pakistan, and migrating shortly thereafter to Lahore, Bapsi Sidhwa witnessed the bloody Partition of the Indian Subcontinent as a young child in I saw the movie, and it broke my heart. There, she must live among other Hindu widows to spend the rest of her life in renunciation. On the other hand, widowers are free to live their life with respect and are not at all responsible for the death of their wives. Once widowed she is destined to live a life as an outcast from society, shunned until death.


Widowers, of course, are in no way responsible for the death of their wives, and old men may happily marry young children, as the holy texts say that Brahmins can sleep with whomever they want including sinful, inauspicious and polluted widows and the women they sleep with are blessed. Thnk-you for telling your blogger friends about this movie and book. Widows in hindu society have only 3 options to live i to leave all colors of life and start living in religous devotion without any liberation ii if the family is agreed then to get married with the younger brother of deceased husband iii to burn herself with the body of husband Satti But no other option have been left for her if she remained alive she can’t wear any color, eat any delicious food, attend weddings or any thing happen in normal life.

Once widowed she is dest Taking place inyou are introduced to the old customs and traditional Hindu ways which I knew very little of. I am very intererested in reading your observations on the movie – thanks for letting me know.

Watching Chuyia begin to understand her circumstance as she terrifyingly runs for escape screaming for her family, one can only feel a tragic catharsis These are some of the last words Chuyia hears from anyone familiar to her, as her condition abandons her in an ashram for Hindu widows to spend the rest of her life in renunciation. You feel for this lovely child throughout the story and keep hoping that she will escape this life of penance.

She is expected to spend most of her time inside the ashram, praying or fasting in atonement for whatever sins caused her husband’s death the Hindus believed that widowhood was the direct consequence of a sinful past life. Oh, how I feel the strong restrictive force of schoolwork!