City of Sin and Splendour

Writings on Lahore

Author: Bapsi Sidhwa

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9351187675

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 392

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The ancient whore, the handmaiden of dimly remembered Hindu kings, the courtesan of Mughal emperors’, the ‘Paris of the East’, Lahore is more than the grandeur of Mughal forts and gardens, mosques and mausoleums; the jewel colours of everlasting spring. It is also the city of poets, the city of love, longing, sin and splendour. This anthology brings together verse and prose: essays, stories, chronicles and profiles by people who have shared a relationship with Lahore. From the mystical poems of Madho Lal Hussain and Bulleh Shah to Iqbal’s ode and Faiz’s lament, from Maclagan and Aijazuddin’s historical treatises and Kipling’s ‘chronicles’ to Samina Quraeshi’s intricate portraits of the Old City and Irfan Husain’s delightful account of Lahori cuisine, City of Sin and Splendour is a marriage of the sacred and profane. While Pran Nevile paints a vivid sketch of Lahore’s Hira Mandi, Shahnaz Kureshy brings alive the legend of Anarkali and Khalid Hasan pays a tribute to the late ‘melody queen’ Nur Jehan. Mohsin Hamid’s essay on exile, Bina Shah’s account of the Karachi vs Lahore debate and Emma Duncan’s piece on elections are essential to the understanding of modern-day Lahore. But the city is also about Lahore remembered. Ved Mehta and Krishen Khanna write about ‘going back’ as Khushwant Singh writes about his pre-Partition years in Lahore. Sara Suleri’s memories of her hometown, the landscapes of Bapsi Sidhwa’s fiction, Khaled Ahmed’s homage to Intezar Hussain and Urvashi Butalia’s Ranamama are tributes to memory as much as they are tributes to remarkable lives and unforgettable places. Including fiction old and new—from Manto and Chughtai to Ashfaq Ahmed and Zulfikar Ghose; Saad Ashraf and Sorayya Khan to Mohsin Hamid and Rukhsana Ahmad, City of Sin and Splendour is a sumptuous collection that reflects the city it celebrates.

Cracking India

A Novel

Author: Bapsi Sidhwa

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781571310484

Category: Fiction

Page: 289

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During the 1947 Partition of India, young Lenny Sethi suffers from polio and spends her days with Ayah, her beautiful nanny, who exposes her to the differences among the Hindus, Muslims, and Sikhs, but when Ayah is kidnapped, Lenny's world erupts into religious, ethnic, and radical violence. Reprint.

Cracking India

A Novel

Author: Bapsi Sidhwa

Publisher: Milkweed Editions

ISBN: 9781571318275

Category: Fiction

Page: 296

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The 1947 Partition of India is the backdrop for this powerful novel, narrated by a precocious child who describes the brutal transition with chilling veracity. Young Lenny Sethi is kept out of school because she suffers from polio. She spends her days with Ayah, her beautiful nanny, visiting with the large group of admirers that Ayah draws. It is in the company of these working class characters that Lenny learns about religious differences, religious intolerance, and the blossoming genocidal strife on the eve of Partition. As she matures, Lenny begins to identify the differences between the Hindus, Moslems, and Sikhs engaging in political arguments all around her. Lenny enjoys a happy, privileged life in Lahore, but the kidnapping of her beloved Ayah signals a dramatic change. Soon Lenny’s world erupts in religious, ethnic, and racial violence. By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, the domestic drama serves as a microcosm for a profound political upheaval.

The Crow Eaters

Author: Bapsi Sidhwa

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9351181596

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

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Faredoon (Freddie) Junglewalla is either the jewel of the Parsi community or a murdering scoundrel. Freddie???s mother-in-law, Jerbanoo, thinks he is planning to do away with her, but Freddie has always been a pragmatist: if the old woman were to die (be murdered?) the body would have to be placed on the open-roofed Towers of Silence, in keeping with custom, and that would never do. Insurance fraud and arson, however, are well within Freddie???s repertoire???in fact he thinks he has invented the idea, so advanced is it for India, in 1901. As his ???skills??? grow he becomes a man of consequence among the Parsis, with people travelling thousands of miles to see him in Lahore, especially if they wish to escape tight spots they have got themselves into. In this wickedly comic novel, the celebrated author of Ice-Candy Man takes us into the heart of the Parsi community, portraying its varied customs and traits with contagious humour.

Water

A Novel

Author: Bapsi Sidhwa

Publisher: Milkweed Editions

ISBN: 1571319166

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

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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.

An American Brat

A Novel

Author: Bapsi Sidhwa

Publisher: Milkweed Editions

ISBN: 1571318291

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

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Feroza Ginwalla, a pampered, protected 16-year-old Pakistani girl, is sent to America by her parents, who are alarmed by the fundamentalism overtaking Pakistan — and their daughter. Hoping that a few months with her uncle, an MIT grad student, will soften the girl’s rigid thinking, they get more than they bargained for: Feroza, enthralled by American culture and her new freedom, insists on staying. A bargain is struck, allowing Feroza to attend college with the understanding that she will return home and marry well. As a student in a small western town, Feroza’s perceptions of America, her homeland, and herself begin to alter. When she falls in love with and wants to marry a Jewish American, her family is aghast. Feroza realizes just how far she has come — and wonders how much further she can go. This delightful coming-of-age novel is both remarkably a remarkably funny and acute portrayal of America as seen through the eyes of a perceptive young immigrant.

The Pakistani Bride

A Novel

Author: Bapsi Sidhwa

Publisher: Milkweed Editions

ISBN: 1571319042

Category: Fiction

Page: 248

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As a youth, Qasim leaves his tribal village in the remote Himalayas for the plains. Caught up in the strife surrounding the creation of Pakistan, he takes an orphaned girl for his daughter and brings her to the bustling, decadent city of Lahore. Amid the pungent bazaars and crowded streets, Qasim makes his fortune and a home for the two of them. As the years pass, Qasim grows nostalgic about his life in the mountains while his hopelessly romantic teenage daughter, Zaitoon, imagines Qasim's homeland as a region of tall, kindly men who roam the Himalayas like gods. Impulsively, Qasim promises his daughter in marriage to a tribesman, but Zaitoon's fantasy soon becomes a grim reality of unquestioning obedience and unending labor. Bapsi Sidhwa’s acclaimed first novel is a robust, richly plotted story of colliding worlds straddled by a spirited girl for whom escape may not be an option.

Their Language of Love

Author: Bapsi Sidhwa

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 8184759274

Category: Fiction

Page: 264

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In this brand-new collection of stories, Bapsi Sidhwa returns to chronicling the lives and loves of those on both sides of the Indo-Pak border. A wife worries for her family’s survival during the 1965 Indo-Pak war. A mother is horrified when she learns that her daughter wants to marry her American boyfriend. An American housewife living in Lahore has a tempestuous affair with a Pakistani minister. An aged matriarch travels to the USA to discover she must confront a traumatic memory from her past. Finely nuanced, and laced with Sidhwa’s sharply comic observations, this is a stellar collection of tales from one of the subcontinent’s most important and beloved writers.

New Immigrant Literatures in the United States

A Sourcebook to Our Multicultural Literary Heritage

Author: Alpana Sharma Knippling

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313289682

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 386

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Looks at literature, written since World War II, by immigrants to the United States.

An American Brat

Author: Bapsi Sidhwa

Publisher: Penguin Books India

ISBN: 9780140243710

Category: Domestic fiction

Page: 327

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Bapsi Sidhwa S Brilliant Fourth Novel Chronicles The Adventures Of A Young Pakistani Girl In America With An Enormously Satisfying Story And Characters& The Extended Family Of Feroza Ginwalla, A Lively And Temperamental Girl, Agonizes Over The Decision To Send Her To America For A Three-Month Holiday. This Act Of Apparent Audacity Arises From Concern Over Feroza S Conservative Attitudes, Which Stem From Pakistan S Rising Tide Of Fundamentalism. Feroza S Chaperone In America, An Uncle Only Six Years Her Senior, Is Her Guide, Friend, And The Bane Of Her Existence. Her Relationship And Adventures Shape Her Alternatively Hilarious And Terrifying Perceptions Of The Us. Feroza S Family In Pakistan, Meanwhile, Is In Delicious Turmoil Over The Possibility That American Ways Will Ruin Her&

Ideological Messaging and the Role of Political Literature

Author: Çak?rta?, Önder

Publisher: IGI Global

ISBN: 1522523928

Category: Political Science

Page: 317

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There are many avenues for displaying political agendas, with a prominent one being literature. Through literature, the voices of political parties and ideals can enlighten those in the present, and can even be preserved for centuries to come. Ideological Messaging and the Role of Political Literature provides a detailed study of how contemporary political messages are portrayed and interpreted via the written word. Featuring relevant coverage on topics such as literary production, women in politics, identity, and travel politics, this publication is an in-depth analysis that is suitable for academicians, students, professionals, and researchers that are interested in discovering more about political messages and their effects on society.

Women Writing Violence

The Novel and Radical Feminist Imaginaries

Author: Shreerekha Subramanian

Publisher: SAGE Publications India

ISBN: 8132117352

Category: Social Science

Page: 312

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Women Writing Violence engages with select contemporary novels in which women characters resist violence and redefine notions of community by imagining bonds with the exiled and the disempowered. The author interweaves the literary landscapes of African-American writer Toni Morrison with the oeuvre of South Asian writers Mridula Garg, Tahmina Durrani, Amrita Pritam, Bapsi Sidhwa, and Mahasweta Devi. This results in the opening of a new gateway into the thinking about violence and survival through a feminist, transnational lens. Subramanian places women's literary imaginary at the margins of both the nation-state and the patriarchal community. She creates a specifically female language and emphasizes the ingenious ways in which women characters in novels restore dignity and agency to their kin and beloved. The book focuses on voice and narrative techniques within the novel and transgresses the confines of the Enlightenment discourse to reckon with conceptual categories such as community and belonging.

Water

A Novel Based on the Film by Deepa Mehta

Author: Bapsi Sidhwa

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781571310569

Category: Fiction

Page: 237

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Water follows the life of eight-year-old Chuyia, a child-bride who is abandoned at a widows ashram after the demise of her fifty-year-old husband. There, she is forced to live out a life of penitence until death.

Mirrorwork

50 Years of Indian Writing 1947-1997

Author: Salman Rushdie,Elizabeth West

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780805057102

Category: Fiction

Page: 553

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Includes contributions by Gita Mehta, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Anita Desai, Salman Rushdie, Satyajit Ray, Sara Suleri, and Bapsi Sidhwa

Asian American Novelists

A Bio-bibliographical Critical Sourcebook

Author: Emmanuel Sampath Nelson

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313309113

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 422

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As a distinct area of literary study, Asian American literature now enjoys a level of critical recognition that was unimaginable when academic interest in the field began modestly some 25 years ago. Part of this recognition stems from the increasing contributions of Asian American novelists, whose works continue to capture growing levels of popular attention. This reference book provides alphabetically arranged entries for 70 Asian American novelists. Each entry is written by an expert contributor and provides a short biography, a discussion of major works and themes, an overview of the novelist's critical reception, and a bibliography of primary and secondary sources. In addition, the volume concludes with a selected, general bibliography.

Fiction, Film, and Indian Popular Cinema

Salman Rushdie’s Novels and the Cinematic Imagination

Author: Florian Stadtler

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135964300

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 214

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This book analyses the novels of Salman Rushdie and their stylistic conventions in the context of Indian popular cinema and its role in the elaboration of the author’s arguments about post-independence postcolonial India. Focusing on different genres of Indian popular cinema, such as the ‘Social’, ‘Mythological’ and ‘Historical’, Stadtler examines how Rushdie’s writing foregrounds the epic, the mythic, the tragic and the comic, linking them in storylines narrated in cinematic parameters. The book shows that Indian popular cinema’s syncretism becomes an aesthetic marker in Rushdie’s fiction that allows him to elaborate on the multiplicity of Indian identity, both on the subcontinent and abroad, and illustrates how Rushdie uses Indian popular cinema in his narratives to express an aesthetics of hybridity and a particular conceptualization of culture with which ‘India’ has become identified in a global context. Also highlighted are Rushdie’s uses of cinema to inflect his reading of India as a pluralist nation and of the hybrid space occupied by the Indian diaspora across the world. The book connects Rushdie’s storylines with modes of cinematic representation to explore questions about the role, place and space of the individual in relation to a fast-changing social, economic and political space in India and the wider world.

Writing Partition

Aesthetics and Ideology in Hindi and Urdu Literature

Author: Bodh Prakash

Publisher: Pearson Education India

ISBN: 9788131719329

Category: Hindi literature

Page: 220

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