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Ice Candy Man is a book by a woman about the women who have suffered displacement and the trauma of the Partition of 1947. The paper looks into the manner in which the women characters in the novel are portrayed, how their silence and suffering becomes a voice of about one lakh women who suffered the physical abuse and violation; rejection and dislocation; the split between the conscious and the dissociated self, as the consequence of the partition because Sidhwa believes that 'victory is celebrated on a woman's body, vengeance is taken on a woman's body. That's very much the way things are…’ While India awakened to its freedom, many women had lost theirs. Rape, violence, censure, abuse, atrocities, lynching, prostitution, brutality, are some of the epithets that only partially express the layered suffering written in the common fate of the women of different generations, different religions, different classes, different ethnicities. Bapsi Sidhwa allows a peep into the psyche of women right from a seven years old child to the old God Mother. Also, as Bapsi tells the story of partition we hear the narrative from the child, Bapsi had herself witnessed the partition as a child and the trauma became an integral part of her memory which she shared in the form of the novel.

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Ramnita Saini Sharda. (2019). Women in Ice Candy Man: The Voice and Agency of the Trauma of Partition (1947). History Research Journal, 5(6), Ramnita Saini Sharda. Retrieved from