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Water 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 death 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 boldly defies Hindu tradition and threatens to undermine the delicate balance of power within the ashram Water offers an examination of the lives of widows in colonial India but ultimately it is a haunting and lyrical story of love faith and redemption


10 thoughts on “Water

  1. says:

    I cried thrice while reading this heartbreaking heart wrenching piece It gives a picture of Hindu widows and their miserable lives how they are forced to choose a path of self deprivation in their tender ages just go through it read the book and then watch the movie a very good adaption of the book though I am little confuse about the casting of JOHN ABRAHAM as Narayan I swear after reading the book if anyone listen to the songs of the movie adaption heshe would cry an ocean the reader can relate the lyrics with the story after reading it so perfectly that it aches in the heart


  2. says:

    She ceased to exist as a person; she was no longer daughter or daughter in lawWhile I initially gave this book four stars I'm bumping it up to five stars Why you ask? Because I can but also because I had time to sit on my thoughts for a couple of days and because this book tells a stunning tale of how widows were treated in India in the 1930s I don't know much about the practice in this day and age but widows back then did not have much of a place in the society once their husbands died The widows were sent away to an ashram where they had their heads shaved dressed completely in white unstitched clothes led a life of self denial which included eating no fried foods including sweets In this set up we find 8 year old Chuyia a child bride who becomes a child widow after the demise of her husband The reason I initially gave this book four stars was because it's not a perfect book The character of Narayan was very underdeveloped and his storyline wasn't as fleshed out as the women in the book This book is uniue because it's based on the movie Sidhwa was given three months to finish the novel to coincide the release of the book with the movie since the controversial movie faced backlash in India Because of the time crunch I can't fault Sidhwa for the shortcomings of the book Working with the script might have tied her hands a little bit which is why this book is not as developed in some parts as it is in others While watching the movie I felt a little bit underwhelmed by it because Sidhwa draws such a vivid picture of the time the treatment of the widows at the hands of men and at the hands of the other women The patriarchal setup is suffocating but so brilliantly executed that you really can't stop reading the book Sidhwa has explored religion and its interpretations well and she has shown us female bonding in this book The movie is great too but I feel like the book has of an impact on me


  3. says:

    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 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 unhappiness and the injustices shown to widows Many of India's widows were young children as young as six years old Bapsi Sidwa is Pakistani and tells the stories of India with truth and compassion


  4. says:

    She ceased to exist as a person; she was no longer either daughter or daughter in law a widow's head is shaved her ornaments removed and she is expected to remain in perpetual morning 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 This is my first book by an Indian author and I loved it 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


  5. says:

    This story is heart wrenchingly sad Life in a widow's ashram in India in 1939 is not a pretty story 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 sariswhite being the colour of mourning 'Water' is the story of a child who was married off at 6yrs but remained at her family home until puberty Fortunately or unfortunately her 45yrs husband dies before she ever gets to leave her own family and go to his house 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 2012 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 40000000 widows of India If you have not read any of Bapsi Sidhwa's books then do yourself a favour and pick one up Dont start with this one though Try 'Cracking India'


  6. says:

    Why does something has to happen in a person's life when it doesn't need to happen? Is it karma? Is it the penance of the sins from the last life? These heartwrecking uestions are asked again and again in Bapsi Sidhwa's widely recognized novel Water The renowned novel was adapted from Deepa Mehta's controversial movie of the same title The plot is set in 1938 as Gandhi rises to power in the background of the story Water follows the struggles of eight year old Chuyiaas she is married off and as her distress follows the death of her elderly husband she is abandoned at a widows' ashram There she is forced to live a life without any kind of behaviouractivity which may arouse the 'sinner' in her Defiant and feisty Chuyia the little mouse gradually starts to accept her fate but at the same time unknowingly takes part in changing the lives of others around her When Kalyani the beautiful widow prostitute falls in love with a young upper class Gandhian idealist Narayan the forbidden affair threatens the Hindu tradition and the ashram’s maintenance of hypocrisy In attempt to keep things balanced Kalyani and Chuyia must sacrifice something beyond their imaginationThis 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 uestion the boundaries and restrictions that uestion love penance and existence


  7. says:

    This is a shocking novel dealing with the plight of widows in Brahmin culture exemplified by the child Chuyia who is married to a middle aged widower at the age of six becomes a widow at eight and is then dumped into a dilapidated ashram to spend the rest of her life in poverty misery and perpetual mourning for the husband she never knewDue to bad Karma accumulated during a previous sinful life a widow is responsible for the death of her husband and can only atone for this by being disowned by her family and in laws shaving her head living at near starvation level wrapping herself in a piece of unstitched of course white cloth wearing no ornaments sleeping on the floor begging ceasing to exist as a person not even thinking of remarriage regretting her continued existence and remaining celibate which doesn’t stop the head widow in the ashram from forcing the prettier widows into prostitution The saddest thing is that there seems to be no female solidarity in that society whatsoever not even among the widows themselves The child Chuyia enters the ashram without any preconceived notions and her innocent uestions reveal the absurdity of the tradition as when she asks “Where is the house for the men widows ?” and the women are aghast at the thought that a fate as horrible as theirs should befall a man Widowers of course are in no way responsible for the death of their wives and old men may happily marry young children as the holy texts say that Brahmins can sleep with whomever they want including sinful inauspicious and polluted widows and the women they sleep with are blessed Didn’t Krishna marry 8000 women and take up with any of the milkmaids that took his fleeting fancy ?Unfortunately Bapsi Sidhwa’s writing is not up to her usual standard maybe because she wrote the novel based on a film or maybe because of deadline pressureThe love story between Kalyani and Narayan is contrived and melodramatic


  8. says:

    These are some of the last words Chuyia hears from anyone familiar to her as her condition abandons her in an ashram for Hindu widows to spend the rest of her life in renunciation Chuyia failing to realize her condition upon arrival enters the ashram innocent and naive as the elderly widows surround her and one proceeds shave her soft head Watching Chuyia begin to understand her circumstance as she terrifyingly runs for escape screaming for her family one can only feel a tragic catharsis watching an eight year old being sentenced to life in prison for a “crime” she did not commit The ideas and criticisms that come to one’s mind are undoubtedly what writer and director Deepa Mehta aimed to evoke – injustice patriarchy and oppression by way of religionUnwilling 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 boldly defies Hindu tradition and threatens to undermine the delicate balance of power within the ashram Water offers an examination of the lives of widows in colonial India but ultimately it is a haunting and lyrical story of love faith and redemptionDo 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


  9. says:

    Based on the script Terribly written The movie is in subtitles which ualifies it as a book Read the movie instead


  10. says:

    The book has been started with normal scenery of village and the cheering sound of children Story has been following the 6 7 year old girl name as Chuiya little mouse who was sharp and stubborn girls She played in streets with childern with dog tun tun The year of 1938 was going on in the era Gandhi was prevailing in Indian society through his follower and the teachings Ghandi has been proven as catalyst towards hindu religion as well as old traditions which were strict to happen but inadeuate for the change of time He started his mission by visiting various places of India as well as preach Hindus about change is reuired in their society Further many followers of Ghandi were with him vis a vis opponents particularly religous leaders were against him because they consider him rebel of traditional Hinduism As far as the story is concern has been consist of miserable lives of widows in hindu society while they don't know when their husband have been died and from which year they are living in Ashram Chuiya the main character of the book got married to an old man almost of her father's age Hiralal only reason of marriage were that she is a burden over her parents because she was a girl Mother of chuiya was against this marriage but she have not deny her husband and she also know the reality of society The old man who has married to Chuiya bear all expenses of wedding as well as no dowry will be taken from the parents of Chuiya and she can live with her parents untill she reached at the age of went to in laws Saddest thing happened soon after two year the old man have been died and leave chuiya a nine year old girl as his widow for all her life Widows in hindu society have only 3 options to live i to leave all colors of life and start living in religous devotion without any liberation ii if the family is agreed then to get married with the younger brother of deceased husband iii to burn herself with the body of husband Satti But no other option have been left for her if she remained alive she can't wear any color eat any delicious food attend weddings or any thing happen in normal life So the chuiya's husband died and her father let her to the place where they burnt dead bodies as well as shaved her head and left her to Widows Ashram where all widows live in miserable life and have no option to go back to life Because remarry of widow is considered as sin and she can not see any dream in her life as well In Ashram chuiya met various widows in which Kalyani and Kaushaliya Kaushaliya played mother figure for chuiya in whole novel Kalyani was a widow who have no idea from when she was living in Ashram And she remain as prostitute widow to Barhamn rich man for supporting Ashram financially In the novel a character Naryan came who was follower of Gandhi and met Kalyani and Chuiya while they were at ghat to give bath to Kaludog He fall in love with her and meet him various time at night They decided to get married but when head of widow ashram who was also a widow came to knoe she shaved Kalyani's head and locked her room after saying remarriage is sin for a widow Kashuliya who devoted her life for religion and always busy in serving Ashram and other widows When she came to know about Kalyani and Naryan affair She consult all these issues with the pandit came ghat He told her that Ghandi is giving education of learning and to spread love for widows and remarry of a widow is her right She is unaware of love society should allow these human beings for their rights When Kaushaliya know these she compel the head widow and open her and ask her to run away When Naryan and kalyani reached at Naryan's home then she came to know she is already mistress of his father She ask him to turn back and ask her father When Naryan talked to his father he said she is no goddess just take her a mistress and live your lifeKalyani reached ashram and met head of Ashram she ask her to go to that Barhman again she drowned herself in Ganga and do suicide And end her lifeAt the same night head of Ashram send chuiya for prostitution of that state Kashuliya found her everywhere but when she came to know she ran towards ghat and ask boat man to take her otherside but no one listen to her at mid night Suddenly chuiya and Gulabithe dealer came back And chuiya became the part of lust if Barhamn at that time kaushaliya decided to take her anywhere she live a safe life from this ill custom society Ghandi came to village and people went to see him Kaushaliya took chuiya with her When ghandi left she ask caravan to take her and handover her to Ghandi and take care of her from this miserable society and customs of this side Naryan took her with himself and left the area This story made me cry various time om miserable condition of women in pre partition era As well as we can say Ghandi is prophet for the time being in Hinduism He ask them to change the life of women talk about parallel rights of man and women and stop these child marriages which make little girls miserable and push her to live below the life style no matter of her age How critical that timr and place were for women one women can imagine all these thing after keeping her at that placeBapsi wrote this story very beautifully which kept reader capture and took reader towards past in that difficult time where girls were burden and for lessening the burdeb she married to old man and ruin her life


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