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 that they had lived through Highly recommend this and if you re not keen about the novel, at least try the movie. This is a novel that will make you love those moments depicted in the scripts, break your heart and make your eyes run a river The way the the lives of the widows in colonial India is portrayed here, it makes you want to question the boundaries and restrictions that question love, penance and existence. Do you remember getting married Your husband is dead You re a widow now Water is an excellent book and is worth reading I highly recommend it You can also watch the movie which is wonderfully done.

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Start your review of Water Write a review Shelves: most-favorite I cried thrice while reading this heartbreaking ,heart wrenching piece. It gives a picture of Hindu widows and their miserable lives. 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 prevailed for widows.

This book portrays the pain, the 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. This book portrays the pain, the unhappiness, and the injustices shown to widows.

Bapsi Sidwa is Pakistani and tells the stories of India with truth and compassion. 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 needs of her husband and reproducing sons, denouncing her as family or even human for that matter and ostracising her when her husband dies, deeming her unworthy of love and viewed as cursed, and blaming her for being such bad luck and for causing the death of her husband as a result.

On the other hand, widowers are free to live their life with respect and are not at all responsible for the death of their wives. Reading this book made me feel sad and angry at the same time. 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.

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 culture, religion, and perspective widows are to be cared for and loved and given uplifted status; not, in the culture described in this story, cast out and thrown onto the garbage heap. They instantly change from a "person" or a "she" to a "thing" or an "it". When I finished this story I immediately did some research into the treatment of widows in India in Sadly, not a lot seems to have changed.

Thanks to NGOs, some caring religious organziations, and other caring Indian people, some kind of a basic existence is offered to some of the 40,, widows of India. Dont start with this one, though.


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