Division of a Country and Its Aftermath
A Sad Story From Bapsi Shidwa's Ice-Candy Man's Disable Character Lenny's Perspective
During partition, Hindus and Muslims were not only affected, division of a country called India put every community in the ocean of troubles. The novelist named Bapsi Shidwa was a Parsi and she has experienced the pains and agonies of that existed times and periods. The novel Cracking India/Ice Candy Man is not a mere novel. According to Houston Chronicle, this novel is “a multifaceted jewel of a novel”. Washington Post and Book World praised this book and said “a mysterious and wonderful novel”. Being a reader one can easily notice a tremendous gaps in relations during pre and post partition. Lenny, the narrator of the novel, is a small character and physically she is polio-stricken. Ice-Candy-Man by Bapsi Sidhwa is a straightforward and honest analysis of the shifting sociopolitical complexities of the Indian subcontinent just before division of India. The narrative's central themes are communal disharmony, self identity, geographical statuary, and political viciousness. It displays the Parsi Pakistani viewpoint on separation as well as the Parsi sticking point of maintaining allegiance to political representatives. The novel by Bapsi Sidhwa informs the reader that they should learn and take lesson from past. She is a good-natured Parsi who investigates the effects of partition, diffusion, displacement and polarization. Her imagination creates various scenery. Bapsi Sidhwa is opposed to any communal view point. Ice-Candy-Man portrays Ayah's kidnapping, as well as communal acrimony. Lenny, an innocent girl, observed the division and the victimization of people.
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