Cracking India

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Cracking India
Author Bapsi Sidhwa
Country United States
Language English
Genre Novel
Publisher Milkweed Editions
Publication date
Media type Print (hardback & paperback)
Pages 289 pp (first edition, hardback)
ISBN 0-915943-51-4 (first edition, hardback)
OCLC 23462280
823 20
LC Class PR9540.9.S53 I34 1991

Cracking India, (1991, U.S., 1992, India; originally published as Ice Candy Man, 1988, England) is a novel by author Bapsi Sidhwa.

Sidhwa's novel deals with the partition of India and its aftermaths. This is the first novel by a female novelist from Pakistan which describes the fate of people in Lahore. The novel deals with "the bloody partition of India through the eyes of a girl Lenny growing up in a Parsee family, surviving through female bonding and rebellion."


  • Filmmaker Deepa Mehta's 1998 film, Earth (titled Earth 1947), is based on Cracking India.


  • A complaint was filed in Volusia County, Florida, arguing that Cracking India, which was on a high school reading list, contained "pornographic material" and should be banned from the county's public schools.[1] The district decided not to ban the book.[2]


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