Division of a Country and Its Aftermath

A Sad Story From Bapsi Shidwa's Ice-Candy Man's Disable Character Lenny's Perspective

  • Jamirul Islam Malla Reddy College of Engineering and Technology
Keywords: Regional division, communal unrest, victimization, feminism and socio-cultural depiction


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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Author Biography

Jamirul Islam, Malla Reddy College of Engineering and Technology

Jamirul  Islam is an Assistant Professor, with Department of English (H&S), Malla Reddy College of Engineering and Technology (MRCET), Maisammaguda, Hyderabad.


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How to Cite
Islam, J. “Division of a Country and Its Aftermath”. Contemporary Literary Review India, Vol. 10, no. 2, May 2023, pp. 43-53, https://literaryjournal.in/index.php/clri/article/view/1159.
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