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The novel is based on the script for the film Water, the film was written and directed by Indian-Canadian filmmaker Deepa Mehta.

Sidhwa acceded to the task and succeeded at it as well with the book and film being released on the same day.

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You need to read this book to find out the terrors and injustice that befell widows in India during Colonial times. Mehta asked Sidhwa to novelize the movie in about 4 months so the book and the film would be released at the same time.

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However, this is a heartbreaking story. This book portrays the pain, the unhappiness, and the injustices shown to widows. Inside the widow-ashram Chuyia encounters the strong and the weak, the corrupt and the honest, the victims and the victors. This is a powerful, moving book that complements the film but also holds up well as an independent work — with quite a few passages that are more compelling than their cinematic equivalents. Without these cookies, we can't provide services to you. 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 They live out their lives in ashrams with shaved heads and white saris. But Abraham and Ray are the most obvious soft targets, and this film is problematic for other reasons too. To learn more about how we use and protect your data, please see our privacy policy. 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. Chuyia is befriended by the beautiful and young widow, Kalyani, who earns money for the ashram as a prostitute. That is all!

According to Hindu tradition of the time, she is discarded to a widow-ashram, her head shorn, her life given over to penitence. Reading this book made me feel sad and angry at the same time.

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One wonders if Deepa Mehta should have been given co-credit — after all, the story and the dialogue are mainly by her. Sidhwa paints the street scenes of India like Brueghel might have. Kalyani loves a young Brahmin upper caste idealistic follower of Gandhi named Narayan. Please review the types of cookies we use below. 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. They live out their lives in ashrams with shaved heads and white saris. Shelves: most-favorite , I cried thrice while reading this heartbreaking ,heart wrenching piece. Required Cookies These cookies allow you to explore OverDrive services and use our core features. 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 kind of love is forbidden and upsets the arrangements of the ashram.

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In fact, a happier past is the one thing that keeps each widow from despair.

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Water by Bapsi Sidhwa