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Literature, Arts, and Medicine Database52nd ed. Some seventy-five thousand women were raped, and many of them were then disfigured or dismembered.

What if my foot emerges immaculate, fault-free?

Cracking India – Bapsi Sidhwa. Before our disbelieving eyes, she performs the remarkable feat of bringing together the ribald farce of Parsee family life and the stark drama and horrors of the riots and massacres of Slavesister, sister of Godmother and who lives with Godmother and Oldhusband. We are shown only a handful of fully-drawn characters. But now that I’ve been published, a whole world has opened up for me.

There’s talk of rape and sex.

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But “educational” is really all this story has going for it. Inia mean, we are a rich mixture of all sorts of forces as well, and our lives are very much worth living. It is a book in which several people are harassed or killed by religious extremists, and in which half of the characters die or disappear.


Internal narration of Lenny’s thoughts on her crippled leg reveals that she doesn’t want it to be fixed, for then she would have to “behave like other children,” who must act out and compete to get adult attention View all 6 comments. To us villagers, what does it matter if a peasant is a Hindu, or a Muslim, or a Sikh?

Cracking India

At age four her world is circumscribed not only by her age and gender, but by the effects of polio as an infant. Ayah responds that she would be paid less money if she dressed as a traditional Punjabi, rather than as a Hindu Multiple Points of View: Oct 09, Anum Shaharyar rated it really liked it Shelves: Muhammad Ikbal ] b.

Am I the rose to suffer its cry in silence year after year? Colonel Barucha exuberantly consoles the Sethi family about Lenny’s disability, which keeps her from school: And an enemy to their enemies. During the Sethis’ dinner party, Mr.

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She is clever and extremely observant narrator, though many times her understanding is limited by her young age. The Parsis largely avoided the violence that occurred in the era of the [] partition; however, other characters, such as Lenny’s Hindu nanny Ayahare members of religions directly involved in the strife.

It appears as if realizations such as this inspired Sidhwa’s later imdia for the cause of women’s rights ” Malmberg. From Agatucci, Cora, ed.

Point of View and Some Themes in Cracking India ” Women’s issues, the implications of colonization, and the bitterly divided quagmire of partisan politics that the British left in their wake are reevaluated in the novel, picked apart by the sharp questions of a child. It is a story about Lenny-baby and her coming of age story during a time when India decided to split and partly becom “Gandhi, Jinnah, Nehru, Iqbal, Tara Singh, Moutbatten are names I hear.


Mother calls her husband “Jana” from “Jan: This crackinh is violent. Thousands of women were kidnapped’ Sidhwa, ” New Neighbors”. In the Punjab including Lahoreand map where the line of demarcation between India and West Pakistan brought nearly 2 million Sikhstraditionally anti-Muslim, under the jurisdiction of Pakistan, bitter fighting broke out.

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 The cast removed, Lenny is pleased that her leg, though straighter and more functional, is still “gratifyingly abnormal” Something approaching million people were displaced, and between 1 and 3 million were killed in what many later referred to as a ‘summer of insanity’, and this novel gave me sixhwa brilliant understanding crackihg the historical era and happenings that constitute its setting.