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August 2013 - Ice Candy Man or Cracking India by Bapsi Sidhwa


Approximate cost: $14-18 (includes lunch, tax, tip, and $1 to support the meetup). May be a little less depending on location. Additional cost for anything you add from the menu (breads, beverages, chai).

Ice Candy Man or Cracking India by Bapsi Sidhwa

The book was released in England as Ice Candy Man and in the US as Cracking India. Tara says: I also read that this book was the basis for the movie “Earth”.

The narrator of Sidwha's (The Bride) timely novel about the violent 1947 partition of India is the extremely observant Lenny Sethi, whose family belongs to the Parsee community in Lahore. As a child, a polio victim and a member of a minority, she is the perfect witness (though somewhat precocious) to the historic upheaval. Sidwha tempers Lenny's hyper-awareness, however, by capturing the whole range of her fears and joys as her innocence becomes another casualty of the violence among Moslems, Sikhs and Hindus. At one point Lenny declares: "Lying doesn't become me. I can't get away with the littlest thing." Persuasive, this statement reinforces earlier comments she lets slip about herself which display this artless candor: "the manipulative power of my limp"; "I place a hypocritical arm protectively round her shoulders." Lenny's honesty is compelling, and the reader, like many in the story, cannot help but trust her. She is alternately thrilled and frightened by the events she dutifully records, and so, in the end, is the reader.

Sidhwa was born to Zoroastrian parents Peshotan and Tehmina Bhandara in Karachi and later moved with her family to Lahore. She was two when she contracted polio (which has affected her throughout her life) and nine in 1947 at the time of Partition (facts which would shape the character Lenny in her novel Ice Candy Man as well as the background for her novel). She received her B.A. from Kinnaird College for Women in Lahore in 1957.

She married at the age of 19 and moved to Bombay for five years before she divorced and remarried in Lahore with her present husband Noshir who is also Zoroastrian. She had three children in Pakistan before beginning her career as an author. One of her children is Mohur Sidhwa, who is a candidate for state representative in Arizona.

She currently resides in Houston, USA. She describes herself as a "Punjabi-Parsi-Pakistani".

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Is there any public parking available around the restaurant area?

    August 16, 2013

    • Tara

      yes. there is a small lot on the right side of the building, tucked away not really obvious. Plus there is metered street parking all along that side of the street. At that time, I usually find a spot right in front. Shouldn't be any trouble to find a good spot.

      August 17, 2013

  • CarolT

    A busy summer means that unfortunately I have to miss this meetup again. Have fun!

    August 14, 2013

  • Jyoti

    I'll be at the beach. I loved this book.

    August 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This will be my first meetup, it sounds perfect!

    July 24, 2013

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