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What are the main themes in Bapsi Sidhwa's novel Cracking India?

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Cracking India is a 1991 novel written by American–Pakistani novelist Bapsi Sidhwa, originally published in 1988 as Ice Candy Man. It tells the story of Lenny, an eight-year-old disabled Parsi girl who describes her life during the Partition of India in 1947 and explains how the violence and the chaos affected her and her family.

Sidhwa incorporates many socially relevant themes such as religion, morality, intolerance, and human nature. However, she also presents Cracking India as a story about love, family, hope, and redemption. Many analysts agree that Sidhwa has created an interesting symbiosis of female victimization, oppression, and female empowerment. The majority of of the female characters are often mistreated, raped, and even tortured; however, there are also strong female characters such as Lenny’s mother and Lenny's aunt, who essentially dedicate their time to saving and taking care of the women who were hurt and abused.

For instance, the two of them manage to save Ayah from...

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