Identity In Ice Candy Man

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Abstract: The novel Ice-Candy-Man by BapsiSidhwa is remarkable for giving voice to the Parsi community who are left less than a million in the world and who are absent from the general stream of history as well as the discourse of the Partition of India. Sidhwa through the mouthpiece of an eight years Parsi girl child narrator Lenny narrates the harrowing and excruciating experiences of violence during the Partition of India. The novel throws light on the concerns and predicament of Parsi people in the contemporary sub-continent and their feelings of alienation and loss of belonging in a foreign land amidst different warring communities. The novel also acquaints us with the Parsiethos, way of life, their culture, hopes, aspirations, disillusionments, and an indomitable will to survive and do good. Keywords: Partition of India, Parsi Identity, historical discourse, Bapsi Sidhwa,postcolonial. BapsiSidhwa is a Parsi, Pakistani Punjabi woman writing in English, the best of her fiction is set in the turbulent times of the Partition of India and the postcolonial South Asia (O 'Neil 1376). BapsiSidhwa’s novel Ice-Candy-Man tries to reassess or reconstruct the history of Partition giving voice to the marginalised groups on the levels of gender, class, ethnicity and nationality. Sidhwa reviews the history of Partition from a more or less Parsi, feminist and Pakistani perspective to displace or counter the discursive tendencies of historical thought in Europe or India. The novel

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