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Landscapes of Writing

Collected Essays of Bapsi Sidhwa


Bapsi Sidhwa

Edited By Teresa Russo

This book is a collection of essays by international writer Bapsi Sidhwa gathered for the first time in one edition by Teresa Russo, with a foreword written by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Deepa Mehta. Landscapes of Writing: Collected Essays of Bapsi Sidhwa provides a writer’s perspective on issues of South Asian literature, linguistics, poetry, and views of political events and globalization. In the first part of the book, Bapsi Sidhwa discusses her childhood, family life, and how she became a writer. There is also a revised essay detailing how her book Cracking India became a film by Deepa Mehta. The second part of the book focuses on her thoughts concerning war, terrorism, and how to achieve peace. This collection includes two letters, demonstrating her local and nationalistic perspectives to a larger view of an interconnected world.

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I have to thank first and foremost, Bapsi Sidhwa, who has made available her private collection of documents and photographs for me that has led to this unique edition of her essays. Thank you to her husband, Noshir Sidhwa; her daughter and grandson, Parizad Sidhwa and Nozar Sethna; her brother and his wife, Feroze and Shernaz Bhandara; and members of the Parsi community, Aban Rustomji, and Yezdi Engineer and his family who were all welcoming and made my stay in Houston so comfortable, while visiting Bapsi and researching her collection, and who are now all dear friends. I am grateful also to Bapsi’s children, Mohur Sidhwa and Koko Kermani for their assistance from afar, and to my own children and my husband, Gaetano Di Pietro, for their support while I was conducting my research.

The Zoroastrian Association of Houston (ZAH) also invited me to speak at their center with Bapsi to discuss this volume and Bapsi’s archive; the members and guests all gave Bapsi and I such a warm and hospitable reception. I thank everyone who attended and who made the event so memorable. I further acknowledge Aban Rustomji as chair of FEZANA Information, Research and Education System (FIRES) and library committee members of ZAH including Yezdi Engineer, Zubeen Mehta, Nauzer Billimoria, Arnavaz Sethna, Yasmin Pavri, Darayus Kolah, Debra Kolah, Jangoo Mistry, Rustom ← xiii | xiv → Engineer, and Meheryar Rivetna for their assistance and support for the event in Houston.

I send a big thank...

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