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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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Author’s Preface


I am excited to see this volume come to fruition. I want to thank family members that have been with me through my writing career. I am grateful to my wonderful husband, Noshir Sidhwa; my children and their spouses, Mohur Sidhwa, Khodadad Gustad and Bakhtavar Kermani, Parizad Sidhwa and Khurshed Sethna; my grandsons Behram K. Kermani, Zerses Kermani, Cambysis Kermani, and Nozar Sethna; my late brother, Minochair Bhandara and his wife Goshusp Bhandara, and my dear brother Feroze Bhandara and his wife, Shernaz Bhandara; my nieces, Munizeh Sidhwa and Zarin Bhandara; my nephew and his wife, Isphanyar and Jasmine Bhandara; my nephew Zubin and his wife Eloisa Bhandara; and my nephew Berzin Bhandara.

This collection is dedicated to my husband and brothers: for my husband Noshir whose love and strength have sustained me, for my late brother Minoo who continues to live in my heart, and for my brother Feroze whose presence in my life is a blessing.

Bapsi Sidhwa

Houston, June 2018

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