Made into the film Earth-1947 by Canadian director Deepa Mehta, Bapsi Sidhwa's Ice-Candy Man takes the readers back to the partition of the subcontinent in 1947 as narrated by Lenny, the polio-stricken daughter of an affluent Parsee family in Lahore.
Lenny sees Muslims, Hindus, Christians, Parsees, and Sikhs fight for their land and their lives and is an unwilling witness to the trauma that bears the crux of the Partition tale becoming, like many others, the victim of her religion, Bapsi Sidhwa, Pakistan's most gifted yet down-to-earth novelist, resurrects the story of Partition, which is also relevant today as a tool of history and a chilling reminder of the ethic hatred that still stalks the subcontinent.
Born in Karachi and brought up in Lahore, Bapsi Sidhwa, a graduate of Kinnaird College for Women, now lives in Houston. Sidhwa held a Bunting Fellowship at Radcliffe, and received the prestigious Lila Wallace Reader's Digest Writers Award. She has taught at Columbia University, the University of Houston, Mount Holyoke College and Southampton University. She has been awarded the Sitara-i-Imtiaz, Pakistan's highest national honour in the arts.
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