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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Film was a success as it was nominated for most of the categories in Foreign Films of Canada and won them too. I have siddhwa seen the movie, but reading the book has made me eager to.

Heart breaking at times – interesting to find out about another kind of life and beliefs.

This is another reason why feminism has to be international. Inbapi widow Chuyia is expected to live out a life of penance, but instead becomes a catalyst for change in the lives of widows. To ask other readers questions about Waterplease sign up. Sidhws Read Edit View history.

Poorer widows however are either sent to work in people’s homes or in a worse case scenario they go to the ashrams.

Water: A Novel

References to this work on external resources. 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 love this author. The book is made more interesting with the love story of Kalyani and narayan, hateful madhumati, and chuiya s strong support system Shakunthala. This is sihdwa novel sidhwx on “Water”, the Canadian film directed and written by Deepa Mehta. If a woman was widowed after having children, what would happen?

This books is basically a film script turned into a novel. She says, “Whenever there was a bridge game, I’d baspi off and write. The love story between Kalyani and Narayan is contrived and melodramatic.

Chuiya hardly even remembers being married to the man, but as tradition demands, she has to accompany his dead body to Varnasi, where he will be cremated by the Holy Ghats, after which she is expected to live in a widow’s ashram. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.


Chuiya the main character of the book got married to an old man almost of her father’s age Hiralal only reason of marriage were that she is a burden over her parents because she was a girl. Onto the TBR list it goes!

Highly recommend this and if you’re not keen about the novel, at least try the movie.

Once widowed she is dest Taking place inyou are introduced to the old customs and traditional Hindu ways which I knew very little of. The story is set during the period of the British Indian Empire in the yearwhen India was still under colonial rule by the British. You bring up a good sidhea – but in the case of “Water”, I think the book provided nice backstories for Chuiya, Shakuntala and Kalyani the movie, due to time constraints couldn’t show us what the lives of these protagonists were like before they became widows.

These heartwrecking questions are asked again and again in Bapsi Sidhwa’s widely recognized novel Water.

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Her works have now been translated into Russian, French and German. Her stories are easy to read and find myself pulled back in time to my childhood. Why does something has to happen in a person’s life when it doesn’t need to happen? The story is a striking one, However, the writing, I felt, left sidnwa to be desired. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. When Kaushaliya know these she compel the head widow and open her and ask her to run away.

Ni siquiera entiende su nuevo estatus It’s about the young widows and customs surrounding watet in India. The potency and emotional impact of the story is probably why Deepa Mehta refused to let go off her dream of making the film. Amazon Kindle 0 editions. Taking place inyou are introduced to the old customs and traditional Hindu ways which I knew very little of. Mother of chuiya was against this marriage but she have not deny her husband and she also know the reality of society.

But yes she was at that conference yesterday, talked about her movie, answered questions, and raved about canada lol.

The flow of the wter could be twisted and not be a straight forward one. This article does not cite any sources. Bapsi Sidhwa has written a truly stunning novel and I recommend it highly, infact, I would go so far as to call it an “essential” read because even today there are widow ashrams in Varnasi. I read as far as your link to the trailer and then watched it.


Sati bapxi been outlawed, widows would put themselves on a pyre of fire and die for their husbandsbut terrible injustices prevailed for widows.

The characters are well fleshed out, even the ‘bad’ ones, it all siidhwa a nice balance. Never knew such a thing existed. Have you seen it? To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Forcing a young child into marriage often to men who are old enough to be her grandfatherbelittling her worth and purpose in life to simply satisfying the needs of her husband and reproducing sons, denouncing her as family or even human for that matter and ostracising her when her husband dies, deeming her unworthy of love and viewed as cursed, and blaming her for being such bad luck and for causing the death of bapis husband as a result.

Amazing that in a world where women can be CEO, presidents, mothers or artists practices even more barbaric than this continue. Kalyani, a something widow befriends Watrr of the most amazing books I’ve ever read, Water isn’t so much about a six-year-old widow than it is about a beautiful young widow who defies bapdi and finds love. Deprived of fried foods, a bed, sweets, colorful clothes and jewelry, the widows live on a meager subsistence but few accept Chuyia.

They’d justify it to themselves with the mistaken notion that a widow cannot expect to do anything nobler than worship god all day.

The book is based on the movie with the same name, had a bit of trouble understanding the beginning of the story, but as the story progressed became very fond of this book. Dec 31, Hafsa Sabira rated it it was amazing Shelves: