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review Ice Candy Man 103 í Eight year old Lenny spirited daughter of an affluent Parsee family narrates the story of the breaking of India as she witnesses Muslims Hindus Christians and Sikhs fight for their land and their lives during the dividing of the country into Hindu India and Muslim Pakistan in 1947 This 1991 Liberatur Prize winner NYT Notable Book and ALA NIstan in 1947 This 1991 Liberatur Prize winner NYT Notable Book and ALA Notable nominee is now available in paperback for the first ti. Ice Candy Man reminds you of Ann Frank’s Diary only it’s based on a tragedy closer home the horrors of communal atrocities during the India Pakistan partition It’s a coming of age story of a little Parsee girl Lenny who lives in 1947 Lahore in a happy go lucky protected environment of a child until political social upheavals of the country change the dynamics of her world Like Ann Frank’s Diary it’s an account of a brutal world through the eyes of an innocent and in that respect has the capability to connect with the reader incomparably The author Bapsi Sidhwa has cleverly comprised different economic strata in the story by elaborating on Lenny’s relationships with her servants particularly her 18 years old growing beautiful care taker Ayah her observation of her parents’ friend circle and her associations with her own relatives Sidhwa brings parity in the subject by weaving in Lenny’s visit to her servant’s Muslim village Pir Pindo which comes under post partition India while Lahore forms part of Pakistan The massacres evacuation tales of Muslims from Pir Pindo and similar atrocities on HindusSikhs in Lahore give a balanced perspective which is interesting as the story is supposed to be limited by only what the 8 years old Lenny observes hears around her Sidhwa brings out the characters society of 1947 most vividly A culturally beautiful Lahore of communal harmony unfolds in front of your eyes as you read through the pages The language used is typically educated English of the British era interlaced with Punjabi Urdu slangs and phrases which brings local flavour and authenticityBeing written from the curious view point of a child Ice Candy Man is a narrative of discoveries As the snooping Lenny observes and writes about her everyday life including things she is not supposed to know of the story appears mysterious and humorous and even the mundane life of a family reads intriguing However where Ice Candy Man lacks is in creating sufficient depth of emotions towards the climax The story is at its high point when the Ice Candy Man has had a change of heart in the light of recent massacres The transformation of one of her most trusted friends should have been the ultimate focal point of the story as also suggested by the title of the book Incidentally this is the point where Deepa Mehta’s film 1947 Earth inspired by the book ends too and hence is much hard hitting than the novel Unfortunately in the book Sidhwa continues the story post this major incident of betrayal immediately affecting Lenny whereby this event seems to get hurried and unjustifiably short treatment Sidhwa’s objective seems to be telling the readers about the partition in Lenny’s words rather than the turmoil of Lenny’s personal world This is fine in itself if the author had aimed so but then the title of the story gives a misleading expectation to the reader The character of Godmother becomes uite powerful suddenly in the last pages which seems disconnected from the rest of the story All in all Ice Candy Man is an interesting read a gripping tale that transports you to pre India partition era and makes you feel sorry for the loss of a beautiful world that could have been

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Eight year old Lenny spirited daughter of an affluent Parsee family narrates the story of the breaking of India as she witnesses Musli. There is much disturbing talk India is going to be broken Can one break a country And what happens if they break it where our house is I ask Cousin‘Rubbish’ he says ‘no one’s going to break India It’s not made of glass’Cracking India also known as Ice Candy Man is one of those novels that 16 year old Anum interested in North American YA—not that there’s anything wrong with reading a particular genre as long as one matures enough to eventually give other genres and nationalities a chance would never have liked But 24 year old Anum can very clearly appreciate the importance of reading any and all fiction related to the 1947 partition—an event so shocking and traumatic that its repercussions still resonate in the here and now in both Pakistan and India and of course Kashmir but that is a topic for another dayFor those of you who don’t exactly know what the partition was so basically most people who aren’t Pakistani or Indian—if you are either of these two feel free to skip this whole paragraph the summary goes before 1947 there was one huge land area called the Indian subcontinent ruled by these group of power hungry eventually decadent rulers called the Mughal Emperors think Taj Mahal Akbar the Great all those cool architectural wonders in India who then lost power to the British colonial powers who went around wrecking all kinds of havoc on the land eventually causing the people in the area to want to kick the British people out demand for self independence right to rule lots of other important historical stuff that really is interesting than our history books make them sound But before the British could be kicked out a decision had to be made about who was going to rule the area upon their leaving and this led to major conflicts between the Muslims and Hindus in the subcontinent not the only religious parties in the area but certainly those in the majority who both had different ideas about what should happen Long story very very short in 1947 when the British eventually left the whole area was divided into two one piece was called India and was considered the land of the Hindus although of course other minorities continue to exist there and the state is actually secular—again a topic for another day and a completely new state called Pakistan was created—supposedly a land for Muslims but of course any well read human being will tell you that the rampant violation of human rights makes it something else entirelyImpromptu history lesson aside this book is about partition written from the point of view of a young Parsee girl Zoroastrian for you in case you didn’t know Think The Diary of Anne Frank except this is fiction and the setting is another major historical event involving lots of death and conflict and at the same time emergence of adulthood and the pains of growing upLenny our protagonist suffers from polio Pakistan is one of the two countries where children still suffer from Poliomyelitis; literally the rest of the world has managed to eradicate it a disease which affects young children and causes muscle weakness and in some cases paralysis Taken care of by her Ayah a beautiful young Hindu girl we follow Lenny’s story through the events leading up to 1947 and afterwards and even though I’ve spent literally my whole life reading dreary boring historical texts about the partition there’s something else entirely about reading how individuals got affected by the crushing brutality of those days The radio announces through the crackling ‘There have been reports of trouble in Gurdaspur The situation is reported to be under control’‘Which means there is uncontrollable butchering going on in Gurdaspur’Ayah Lenny’s vivacious and responsible caretaker who is adored by her huge group of admirers is the main proponent of our story but there are enough side characters to retain our interest Lenny with her crippled leg is interested in retaining her abnormal foot because she believes it helps her live a life pampered than other people Her doctor certainly encourages the notion by telling Lenny’s parents not to strain Lenny with studies and exams to not pressure her nerves by sending her to school to basically let Lenny live wild and free What will happen once the cast comes off What if my foot emerges immaculate fault free Will I have to behave like other children slogging for my share of love and other handouts Aren’t I too old to learn to throw tantrums – or hold my breath and have a fit While other children have to clamour and jump around to earn their candy I merely sit or stand wearing my patient butter wouldn’t melt expression and displaying my callipers – and I am showered with candyRight alongside Lenny’s growth from an innocent pampered five year old to her teen years is the story of the partition and of how the changing times enter Lenny’s household as well Her Ayah who acts as a sort of beacon for men of all religions because of her beauty and sexuality is always surrounded by Muslims Hindus Sikhs all of them intent on engaging in discussions not only about politics but about what to eat that day and where they want to meet up; mundane things silly things amongst all the serious charged atmosphere This I found truly intriguing All these people belonging to different faiths sit down regularly and have frank if sometimes bitter but mostly honest conversations about what the political climate is like and how it affects them In the current times we live in I honestly can’t imagine sitting down with a Christian or a Hindu belonging to my country and having an open conversation about the treatment of religious minorities over here or what the politics of the country are doing to the religious atmosphere ‘Funny things are happening inside the old city Stabbings Either the police can’t do anything – or they don’t want to A body was stuffed into a manhole in my locality It was discovered this morning because of the smell a young good looking man’One thing that manages to help balance the viciousness of the story’s darker side is Lenny’s own life and the characters that fill her surroundings Her loving stern mother and her uiet father her younger brother and her cousin the neighbours and the tenants the chef and gardener and guard all of these have a life of their own and dot Lenny’s life with what some might term as irrelevant rambling but I thought were necessary for one to be able to breathe amongst all the other moments of sadness Still the majority of our story being that it is situated in such a volatile period of history comes back again and again to its main central plot point that of the partition itself I become aware of religious differencesIt is sudden One day everybody is themselves – and the next day they are Hindu Muslim Sikh Christian People shrink dwindling into symbols Ayah is no longer just my all encompassing Ayah – she is also a token A HinduBut even though this story tackles such a sensitive topic about a period of history riddled with so much violence and destruction it’s still uite funny Weird but true Blatant humour subtle jesting even moments of outright hilarity occur here and there lending a lighter touch to the otherwise horrifying repetitions of rape death and kidnapping that dot the narrative ‘If we must pack off let’s go to London at least We are the English king’s subjects aren’t we So we are English’And of course it was inevitable that familiar names names I’ve seen regularly in textbooks and figures I’ve seen famous pictures of – would eventually crop up because what is a discussion about the 1947 partition without Jinnah the Pakistani leader or Gandhi the Indian one But the fascinating thing this story does is that it plants these figures in that time very solidly like figurines coming to life out of history books Suddenly the actions of Nehru and Gandhi and Jinnah and Lord Wavell and Mountbatten people who existed too long away for me to really care about suddenly seem much significant carrying so much weight ‘What’s it to us if Jinnah Nehru and Patel fight They are not fighting our fight’ says Ayah lightly‘That may be true but they are stirring up trouble for us all’But the book makes it clear that for most of the characters the machinations and manipulations of the leaders feel like they’re far away from their own lives Only a few raise their heads up and face the fact that the effects of dealings at a government level are spilling over into the streets but the idea that politics happen at a distance from the civilians who love all their neighbours eually irrespective of religion is part of an overall theme that’s repeated again ‘Our villages come from the same racial stock Muslim or Sikh we are basically Jats We are brothers How can we fight each other’And again “So what if you’re a Sikh I’m first a friend to my friends And an enemy to their enemies And then a Mussulman God and the politicians have enough servers So I serve my friends”And again ‘I’m alert to what’s happening I have a radio But our relationships with the Hindus are bound by strong ties The city folk can afford to fight we can’t We are dependent on each other bound by our toil To us villagers what does it matter if a peasant is a Hindu or a Muslim or a Sikh’However all of that crumbles and falls apart once the actual rioting starts because even though the Muslims and Sikhs and Hindus remain friends their relatives are raped and kidnapped and butchered by other Muslims and Sikhs and Hindus and it is only a matter of time before they fall upon each other And when they do when friends turn against each other it is where the story hurts the most Those were the moments when you need a break from reading this novel because you ache both for the Muslim whose family has been slaughtered during a train ride but you also pity the Hindu whose family is the one the remaining Muslims take their anger out on There’s no end to the viciousness the circle of vengeance and killing that erupted during the partition the largest mass migration in human history with millions of deaths on both side and unbelievably chilling statistics An example Some seventy five thousand women were raped and many of them were then disfigured or dismembered A naked child twitching on a spear struck between her shoulders is waved like a flag her screamless mouth agape she is staring straight up at me A crimson fury blinds me I want to dive into the bestial creature clawing entrails plucking eyes tearing limbs gouging hearts smashing brains but the creature has too many stony hearts too many sightless eyes deaf ears mindless brains and tons of entwined entrailsAt its heart the story is about Lenny’s passage into her teen years as a child suffering from polio discovering her sexuality learning the difference between white lies and truth but because it is set in such an important period of history it becomes something And even though it’s not the best thing I’ve read by far it was still chilling enough still visceral enough for me to stop and feel and think deeply about partition than the sort of second hand barely there sympathy you feel after reading about it in history books Recommendation I am Pakistani In a snap Just like thatThe story is vicious in its honesty and in how the characters react to the situations around them There really are no moments of hiding the brutality and it’s heartbreaking Definitely recommended but only if you’re in the moodI review Pakistani Fiction and talk about Pakistani fiction and want to talk to people who like to talk about fiction Pakistani and otherwise take your pick To read reviews or just contact me so you can talk about books check out my Blog or follow me on TwitterORIGINAL UPDATESo apparently Ice Candy Man and Cracking India are the same book Different names Thank god for best friends who are completing a thesis which reuires them to be smart and know this stuff Also shouldn't Goodreads have a system where they categorize this as one book

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Ice Candy ManMs Hindus Christians and Sikhs fight for their land and their lives during the dividing of the country into Hindu India and Muslim Pak. There is much disturbing talk India is going to be broken Can one break a country And what happens if they break it where our house is I ask Cousin‘Rubbish’ he says ‘no one’s going to break India It’s not made of glass’Ice Candy Man also known as Cracking India is one of those novels that 16 year old Anum interested in North American YA not that there’s anything wrong with reading a particular genre as long as one matures enough to eventually give other genres and author nationalities a chance would never have liked But 24 year old Anum can very clearly appreciate the importance of reading any and all fiction related to the 1947 partition an event so shocking and traumatic that its repercussions still resonate in the here and now in both Pakistan and India and of course Kashmir but that is a topic for another dayFor those of you who don’t exactly know what the partition was so basically most people who aren’t Pakistani or Indian – if you are either of these two skip this whole paragraph the summary goes before 1947 there was one huge land area called the Indian subcontinent ruled by these group of power hungry eventually decadent rulers called the Mughal Emperors think Taj Mahal Akbar the Great all those cool architectural wonders in India who then lost power to the British colonial powers who went around wrecking all kinds of havoc on the land eventually causing the people in the area to want to kick the British people out demand for self independence right to rule lots of other important historical stuff that really is interesting than our history books make them sound But before the British could be kicked out a decision had to be made about who was going to rule the area upon their leaving and this led to major conflicts between the Muslims and Hindus in the subcontinent not the only religious parties in the area but certainly those in the majority who both had different ideas about what should happen Long story very very short in 1947 when the British eventually left the whole area was divided into two one piece was called India and was considered the land of the Hindus although of course other minorities continue to exist there and the state is actually secular – again a topic for another day and a completely new state called Pakistan was created – supposedly a land for Muslims but of course any well read human being will tell you that the rampant violation of human rights make it something else entirelyImpromptu history lesson aside this book is about partition written from the point of view of a young Parsee girl Zoroastrian for you in case you didn’t know Think The Diary of Anne Frank except this is fiction and the setting is another major historical event involving lots of death and conflict and at the same time emergence of adulthood and the pains of growing upLenny our protagonist suffers from polio Pakistan is one of the two countries where children still suffer from Poliomyelitis; literally the rest of the world has managed to eradicate it a disease which affects young children and causes muscle weakness and in some cases paralysis Taken care of by her Ayah a beautiful young Hindu girl we follow Lenny’s story through the events leading up to 1947 and afterwards and even though I’ve spent literally my whole life reading dreary boring historical texts about the partition there’s something else entirely about reading how individuals got affected by the crushing brutality of those days The radio announces through the crackling ‘There have been reports of trouble in Gurdaspur The situation is reported to be under control’‘Which means there is uncontrollable butchering going on in Gurdaspur’Ayah as Lenny’s vivacious and responsible caretaker adored by her huge group of admirers is the main proponent of our story but there are enough side characters to retain our interest Lenny with her crippled leg is interested in retaining her abnormal foot because she believes it helps her live a life pampered than other people Her doctor certainly encourages the notion by telling Lenny’s parents not to strain Lenny with studies and exams to not pressure her nerves by sending her to school to basically let Lenny live wild and free What will happen once the cast comes off What if my foot emerges immaculate fault free Will I have to behave like other children slogging for my share of love and other handouts Aren’t I too old to learn to throw tantrums – or hold my breath and have a fit While other children have to clamour and jump around to earn their candy I merely sit or stand wearing my patient butter wouldn’t melt expression and displaying my callipers – and I am showered with candyRight alongside Lenny’s growth from an innocent pampered five year old to her teen years is the story of the partition and of how the changing times enter Lenny’s household as well Her Ayah who acts as a sort of beacon for men of all religions because of her beauty and sexuality is always surrounded by Muslims Hindus Sikhs all of them intent on engaging in discussions not only about politics but about what to eat that day and where they want to meet up; mundane things silly things amongst all the serious charged atmosphere This I found truly intriguing All these people belonging to different faiths sit down regularly and have frank if sometimes bitter but mostly honest conversations about what the political climate is like and how it affects them In the current times we live in I honestly can’t imagine sitting down with a Christian or a Hindu belonging to my country and having an open conversation about the treatment of religious minorities over here or what the politics of the country are doing to the religious atmosphere ‘Funny things are happening inside the old city Stabbings Either the police can’t do anything – or they don’t want to A body was stuffed into a manhole in my locality It was discovered this morning because of the smell a young good looking man’One thing that manages to help balance the viciousness of the story’s darker side is Lenny’s own life and the characters that fill her surroundings Her loving stern mother and her uiet father her younger brother and her cousin the neighbours and the tenants the chef and gardener and guard all of these have a life of their own and dot Lenny’s life with what some might term as irrelevant rambling but I thought were necessary for one to be able to breathe amongst all the other moments of sadness Still the majority of our story being that it is situated in such a volatile period of history comes back again and again to its main central plot point that of the partition itself I become aware of religious differencesIt is sudden One day everybody is themselves – and the next day they are Hindu Muslim Sikh Christian People shrink dwindling into symbols Ayah is no longer just my all encompassing Ayah – she is also a token A HinduBut even though this story tackles such a sensitive topic about a period of history riddled with so much violence and destruction it’s still uite funny Weird but true Blatant humour subtle jesting even moments of outright hilarity occur here and there lending a lighter touch to the otherwise horrifying repetitions of rape death and kidnapping that dot the narrative ‘If we must pack off let’s go to London at least We are the English king’s subjects aren’t we So we are English’And of course it was inevitable that familiar names names I’ve seen regularly in textbooks and figures I’ve seen famous pictures of – would eventually crop up because what is a discussion about the 1947 partition without Jinnah the Pakistani leader or Gandhi the Indian one But the fascinating thing this story does is that it plants these figures in that time very solidly like figurines coming to life out of history books Suddenly the actions of Nehru and Gandhi and Jinnah and Lord Wavell and Mountbatten people who existed too long away for me to really care about suddenly seem much significant carrying so much weight ‘What’s it to us if Jinnah Nehru and Patel fight They are not fighting our fight’ says Ayah lightly‘That may be true but they are stirring up trouble for us all’But the book makes it clear that for most of the characters the machinations and manipulations of the leaders feel like they’re far away from their own lives Only a few raise their heads up and face the fact that the effects of dealings at a government level are spilling over into the streets but the idea that politics happen at a distance from the civilians who love all their neighbours eually irrespective of religion is part of an overall theme that’s repeated again ‘Our villages come from the same racial stock Muslim or Sikh we are basically Jats We are brothers How can we fight each other’And again “So what if you’re a Sikh I’m first a friend to my friends And an enemy to their enemies And then a Mussulman God and the politicians have enough servers So I serve my friends”And again ‘I’m alert to what’s happening I have a radio But our relationships with the Hindus are bound by strong ties The city folk can afford to fight we can’t We are dependent on each other bound by our toil To us villagers what does it matter if a peasant is a Hindu or a Muslim or a Sikh’However all of that crumbles and falls apart once the actual rioting starts because even though the Muslims and Sikhs and Hindus remain friends their relatives are raped and kidnapped and butchered by other Muslims and Sikhs and Hindus and it is only a matter of time before they fall upon each other And when they do when friends turn against each other it is where the story hurts the most Those were the moments when you need a break from reading this novel because you ache both for the Muslim whose family has been slaughtered during a train ride but you also pity the Hindu whose family is the one the remaining Muslims take their anger out on There’s no end to the viciousness the circle of vengeance and killing that erupted during the partition the largest mass migration in human history with millions of deaths on both side and unbelievably chilling statistics An example Some seventy five thousand women were raped and many of them were then disfigured or dismembered A naked child twitching on a spear struck between her shoulders is waved like a flag her screamless mouth agape she is staring straight up at me A crimson fury blinds me I want to dive into the bestial creature clawing entrails plucking eyes tearing limbs gouging hearts smashing brains but the creature has too many stony hearts too many sightless eyes deaf ears mindless brains and tons of entwined entrailsAt its heart the story is about Lenny’s passage into her teen years as a child suffering from polio discovering her sexuality learning the difference between white lies and truth but because it is set in such an important period of history it becomes something And even though it’s not the best thing I’ve read by far it was still chilling enough still visceral enough for me to stop and feel and think deeply about partition than the sort of second hand barely there sympathy you feel after reading about it in history books Recommendation I am Pakistani In a snap Just like thatThe story is vicious in its honesty and in how the characters react to the situations around them There really are no moments of hiding the brutality and it’s heartbreaking Definitely recommended but only if you’re in the moodI review Pakistani Fiction and talk about Pakistani fiction and want to talk to people who like to talk about fiction Pakistani and otherwise take your pick To read reviews or just contact me so you can talk about books check out my Blog or follow me on TwitterORIGINAL UPDATEWhoa That was so much emotional than I thought it would be