13 November, 2017


Happy Monday friends! Welcome to another edition of Monday Travels

So today we are in INDIA and we will explore:


Let's get to know Pakistani writer Bapsi Sidhwa:
Bapsi Sidhwa (born August 11, 1938) is a Pakistani novelist of Parsi descent who writes in English and is resident in the United States.
She is best known for her collaborative work with Indo-Canadian filmmaker Deepa Mehta: Sidhwa wrote both the 1991 novel Ice Candy Man which served as the basis for Mehta's 1998 film Earth as well as the 2006 novel Water: A Novel on which is based Mehta's 2005 film Water.
She has previously taught at the University of Houston, Rice University, Columbia University, Mount Holyoke College, and Brandeis University.


The renowned author Bapsi Sidhwa and the equally renowned filmmaker Deepa Mehta share a unique artistic relationship: Mehta adapted Sidhwa’s novel Cracking India for her brilliant film Earth, and here, Sidhwa adapts Mehta’s controversial film Water to the printed page.

Set in 1938, against the backdrop of Gandhi’s rise to power, Water follows the life of eight-year-old Chuyia, abandoned at a widow’s ashram after the death of her elderly husband. There, she must live in penitence until her death. Unwilling to accept her fate, she becomes a catalyst for change in the widows’s lives. When her friend Kalyani, a beautiful widow-prostitute, falls in love with a young, upper-class Gandhian idealist, the forbidden affair boldly defies Hindu tradition and threatens to undermine the ashram’s delicate balance of power. This riveting look at the lives of widows in colonial India is ultimately a haunting and lyrical story of love, faith, and redemption.


I am a big fan of Bollywood movies. I grew up watching them and I remember seeing this movie about a small girl who had her head shaved off and was given away to a house full of widows to live there until she dies, and it broke my heart. Years later I realized that this was actually a novel!

I am very keen on getting my hands on this book and reading it! I loved the movie dearly, so I hope I will love the book as well. It's very interesting to become familiar with different cultures and I am very happy with book exist.
If someone has read this book drop your comments below and let me know what you think of it!
See you next Monday!


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