[Epub] ➞ Water ➟ Bapsi Sidhwa – Furosemidelasix.info

Water This is a wonderful story, a painful story, of young widows and old widows, who were deserted by their in laws when their husbands died, to live out their lives in an ashram An ashram or a brothel You need to read this book to find out the terrors and injustice that befell widows in India during Colonial times Sati had been outlawed, widows would put themselves on a pyre of fire and die for their husbands , but terrible injustices prevai Why does something has to happen in a person s life when it doesn t need to happen Is it karma Is it the penance of the sins from the last life These heartwrecking questions are asked again and again in Bapsi Sidhwa s widely recognized novel Water The renowned novel was adapted from Deepa Mehta s controversial movie of the same title The plot is set in 1938, as Gandhi rises to power in the background of the story, Water follows the struggles of eight year old Chuyia,as she is married off and as her distress follows the death of her elderly husband, she is abandoned at a widows ashram There, she is forced to live a life without any kind of behaviour activity which may arouse the sinner in her Defiant and feisty Chuyia, the little mouse, gradually starts to accept her fate but at the same time, unknowingly takes part in changing the lives o She ceased to exist as a person she was no longer either daughter or daughter in law a widow s head is shaved, her ornaments removed, and she is expected to remain in perpetual morning She is to observe fasts, give up eating hot foods in order to cool her sexual energy, avoid auspicious occasions because she is considered inauspicious for having caused her husband s death , and to remain celibate, devout and loyal to her husband s memory This is my first book by an Indian author and I loved it However, this is a heartbreaking story Bapsi managed to give readers glimpses of the Brahmin religious views and how widows, and even women, were in some places still are unjustly treated in India unworthy of anything humane Forcing a young child into marriage often to men who are old enough to be her grandfather , belittling her worth and purpose in life to simply satisfying the This story is heart wrenchingly sad Life in a widow s ashram in India in 1939 is not a pretty story Rules of the Brahmin caste state widows must go through a life of seclusion and separation if their husbands die They live out their lives in ashrams with shaved heads and white saris white being the colour of mourning Water is the story of a child, who was married off at 6yrs but remained at her family home until puberty Fortunately or unfortunately her 45 yrs husband dies before she ever gets to leave her own family and go to his house She has no or little memory of her wedding except the food she enjoyed and the attention lavished upon her at the time With the death of her husband she is caste off to the ashram at around 8 yrs of age The story is about the lives of the child and other widows in the ashram and how their relationships evolve Bapsi Sidhwa has an amazing capacity to relay her knowledge of Indian life and Pakistani life written about in her other books and in this case, the story is sad beyond words Sad, because from my c These are some of the last words Chuyia hears from anyone familiar to her, as her condition abandons her in an ashram for Hindu widows to spend the rest of her life in renunciation Chuyia, failing to realize her condition upon arrival, enters the ashram innocent and naive, as the elderly widows surround her and one proceeds shave her soft head Watching Chuyia begin to understand her circumstance as she terrifyingly runs for escape screaming for her family, one can only feel a tragic catharsis watching an eight year old being sentenced to life in prison for a crime she did not commit The ideas and criticisms that come to one s mind are undoubtedly what writer and director, Deepa Mehta, aimed to evoke injustice, patriarchy, and oppression by way of religion Unwilling to accept her fate, Chuyia becomes a catalyst for change in the li This is a shocking novel dealing with the plight of widows in Brahmin culture, exemplified by the child Chuyia who is married to a middle aged widower at the age of six, becomes a widow at eight and is then dumped into a dilapidated ashram to spend the rest of her life in poverty, misery and perpetual mourning for the husband she never knew.Due to bad Karma accumulated during a previous sinful life a widow is responsible for the death of her husband and can only atone for this by being disowned by her family and in laws, shaving her head, living at near starvation level, wrapping herself in a piece of unstitched, of course white cloth, wearing no ornaments, sleeping on the floor, begging, ceasing to exist as a person, not even thinking of remarriage, regretting her continued existence and remaining celibate which doesn t stop the head widow in the ashram from forcing the prettier widows into prostitution The saddest thing is that there seems to be no female solidarity in that society whatsoever, not even among the widows themselves The child Chuyia enters the ashram without any preconceived notions and her innocent questions reveal the absurdity of the tradition, as when she asks Where is the house for the men widows and the women are aghast at the thought that a fate as horrible as theirs should befa Based on the script Terribly written The movie is in subtitles which qualifies it as a book Read the movie instead. The book has been started with normal scenery of village and the cheering sound of children Story has been following the 6 7 year old girl name as Chuiya little mouse who was sharp and stubborn girls She played in streets with childern, with dog tun tun The year of 1938 was going on in the era Gandhi was prevailing in Indian society through his follower and the teachings Ghandi has been proven as catalyst towards hindu religion as well as old traditions which were strict to happen but inadequate for the change of time He started his mission by visiting various places of India as well as preach Hindus about change is required in their society Further many followers of Ghandi were with him vis a vis opponents particularly religous leaders were against him because they consider him rebel of traditional Hinduism As far as the story is concern, has been consist of miserable lives of widows in hindu society, while they don t know when their husband have been died and from which year they are living in Ashram Chuiya the main character of the book got marrie Set In 1938 Colonial India Against The Backdrop Of Mahatma Gandhi S Rise To Power, Water Follows The Life Of Eight Year Old Chuyia, A Child Bride Who Is Abandoned At A Widow S Ashram After The Demise Of Her Fifty Year Old Husband There, She Is Forced To Live Out A Life Of Penitence Until Death Unwilling To Accept Her Fate, Chuyia Becomes A Catalyst For Change In The Lives Of The Widows When Her Friend, The Beautiful Widow Prostitute Kalyani, Falls In Love With A Young, Upper Class Gandhian Idealist, The Forbidden Affair Boldly Defies Hindu Tradition And Threatens To Undermine The Delicate Balance Of Power Within The Ashram Water Offers An Examination Of The Lives Of Widows In Colonial India, But Ultimately It Is A Haunting And Lyrical Story Of Love, Faith And Redemption. This is the novel based on Water , the Canadian film directed and written by Deepa Mehta It is also the third part of Mehta s Elemental Trilogy, preceded by Fire and Earth I really liked all three films but with water, I had to struggle to experience the emotional factor which was lost in the movie due to the bad acting of Lisa Ray and John Abraham However having said that, I still really liked it so I grabbed the book the first time I saw it and hoped I ll be able to find those emotions in the book, and I did to a certain extend and I felt the author had done a wonderful job with editing this into a novel The story is set during the period of the British Indian Empire in the year 1938, when India was still under colonial rule by the British It follows the life of eight year old Chuyia, a child bride, abandoned at a widow s ashram after the death of her elderly husband There, she must live among other Hindu widows to spend the rest of her life in renunciation Unwilling to accept her fate, she becomes a catalyst for change in the widows s lives.She befriend Kalyani, a young beautiful widow prostitute, who will eventually falls in love with a young, upper class Brahmin Gandhian idealist, the forbidden affair boldly defies Hindu tradition and threatens to undermine the ashram s balance of power.What I find really amazing is the symbolism of water in this tale which is incredible You could really specify that it was in terms to purify the characters and wash away negativities th

About the Author: Bapsi Sidhwa

Bapsi Sidhwa is Pakistan s leading diasporic writer She has produced four novels in English that reflect her personal experience of the Indian subcontinent s Partition, abuse against women, immigration to the US, and membership in the Parsi Zoroastrian community Born on August 11, 1938 in Karachi, in what is now Pakistan, and migrating shortly thereafter to Lahore, Bapsi Sidhwa witnessed the blo

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