Book Launch

Bapsi Sidhwa





Bapsi Sidhwa
Bapsi Sidhwa
Author of the new novel,


based on the film by Deepa Mehta
Also author of Cracking India, The Crow Eaters, An American Brat


7-9 pm
Tamarind Art Gallery, 142East 39th Street, (bet.Lex & 3rd), New York City.

Bapsi Sidhwa will read from Water at 7:15 pm following which she will be interviewed by Phillip Lopate.

Wine & Beer courtesy Bilimoria Wines & Krait Beer will be served during the book sale and signing.


WATER: A Film by Deepa Mehta. A novel by Bapsi Sidhwa.

“Brilliant....Bapsi Sidhwa adds richness and depth to the beautiful
film,Water.Sidhwa historicizes the images,lends greater poignancy to faces, and provides speech where the film must leave the women silent.”
                           —Sara Suleri Goodyear,Yale University.

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 widows ashram after the death of her 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.
Water (the film) is distributed by Fox Searchlight.Water (the book) is published by Milkweed Editions (
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