A Novel Based on the Film by Deepa Mehta

Book - 2006
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Set in 1938 colonial India against the backdrop of Mahatma Gandhis rise to power, Water follows the life of eight-year-old Chuyia, a child-bride who is abandoned at a widows ashram after the death of her 50-year-old husband. Unwilling to accept her fate, Chuyia disrupts daily life in the ashram and 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. Review: "A deeply moving story, elegantly told, with all the assurance of a master." M.G. Vassanji "In this book, Sidhwa deepens the reader's appreciation of Mehta's movie while adding the resonance of her own literary voice to the heart-wrenching story of a Hindu child-widow deprived of her human rights by rigid enforcement of Hindu tradition. Sidhwa not only respects Mehta's script, she maintains a complicity with the actors in the film." The Montreal Gazette
Publisher: Toronto : Key Porter Books, c2006
ISBN: 9781552637531
Branch Call Number: F SID NVD
Additional Contributors: Mehta, Deepa 1949-
Alternative Title: Water
Water (Motion picture)


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After the death of her elderly husband, eight year old child bride Chuyia is abandoned by her parents at a widows’ ashram on the Ganges. In this story set against the backdrop of Gandhi's rise to power, she becomes a catalyst for change in the lives of the ashram widows.

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