Read the Novel “The Pakistani Bride” by Bapsi Sidhwa

ladybird By ladybird, 2nd Dec 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Bapsi Sidhwa a Pakistani writer has recreated a lovely story of Pakistan and the shattering of a young girls dreams.

A Thrilling Novel


Bapsi Sidhwa is a Pakistani woman writer. She follows the Parsi religion (Zoroaster). To have risen up in Pakistan which is a male dominated society is a feat in itself. She has now settled in USA. One of my friends gave her novel “The Pakistani Bride” to read. Bapsi Sidhwa has written many other books as well and was a lecturer in Lahore University.

Her novel “The Pakistani Bride” is a lovely book and I finished it in one sitting. The story revolves around a young Muslim girl from Pakistan who is married to a Tribal Chief’s son. On her first night instead of love and roses she is whipped and beaten before being taken. This torture continues and finally she runs away from this tyranny. The story I am told is based on a real incident and Bapsi deserves credit for an excellent book and depicting the feudal society in Pakistan. Will it ever change? All credit to Bapsi for having created such a beautiful picture however sordid for all of us.
When her book was published die hard Muslim supporters ranted against her, but luckily she was in the USA at that time.

I recommend this book to all my friends on Wikinut. It will give an excellent insight into Muslim culture in Pakistan. All I can say is it is terrible for women. Bapsi has written another book which I like and concerns the partition of India titled “Cracking India”. She is a rare breed of an English women writer from Pakistan. I wonder how Pakistan has got mired in obscurantism in contrast to India where we are moving forward. All said and done the book “The Pakistani bride” shows the intolerant society dominated by males where a woman's status is below the family pet.

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Bapsi Sidhwa, India And Pakistan, The Pakistani Bride, Women In Pakistan

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author avatar KaraSkinner
10th Dec 2016 (#)

This sounds really interesting! I've only read a couple books that take place in Pakistan, but it is a fascinating culture, even if it can be harsh, like in this book.

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