Cracking India Author:Bapsi Sidhwa The 1947 Partition of India is the backdrop for this powerful novel, narrated by a precocious child who describes the brutal transition with chilling veracity. — Young Lenny Sethi is kept out of school because she suffers from polio. She spends her days with Ayah, her beautiful nanny, visiting with the large group of admirers that Ayah draws. It ... more »is in the company of these working class characters that Lenny learns about religious differences, religious intolerance, and the blossoming genocidal strife on the eve of Partition. As she matures, Lenny begins to identify the differences between the Hindus, Moslems, and Sikhs engaging in political arguments all around her. Lenny enjoys a happy, privileged life in Lahore, but the kidnapping of her beloved Ayah signals a dramatic change. Soon Lenny’s world erupts in religious, ethnic, and racial violence.
By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, the domestic drama serves as a microcosm for a profound political upheaval.
Originally published in Great Britain by William Heinemann Ltd. as Ice-Candy-Man (1988)« less
In Cracking India baby Lenny is our child story teller. We view the violent and brutal division in India through her sensitive and innocent eyes. My heart broke reading about the violence, rape, and bloodshed against innocent people. Definitely not a favorite for me, I didn't respond to the manner it was written in, it seemed to "wordy", and like the author was having a conversation with herself instead of telling the story to an outsider. I will still read An American Brat by Bapsi, and see how I like it.