Water Author:Bapsi Sidhwa Based on Deepa Mehta's Academy Award Nominated Film. — 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 d... more »eath.
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 boldy defies Hindu tradition and threatens to undsermine the delicate balance of power within the ashram.
"Water" offers a riveting examination of the lives of widows in colonial India, but ultimately it is a haunting and lyrical story of love, faith, and redemption.« less