Ice Candy Man is a novel by Bapsi Sidhwa that was first published in 1988. The novel tells the story of a young Pakistani girl named Lenny and her experiences during the partition of India in 1947. Lenny is a Hindu girl who lives in Lahore, which is now in Pakistan. Her best friend is a Muslim girl named Zainab. As the violence between Hindus and Muslims escalates, Lenny’s family decides to leave for India. Lenny is reluctant to go and says goodbye to her friends, not knowing if she will ever see them again.The novel follows Lenny as she adjusts to life in India and the changes that come with partition. Lenny’s father is killed in the violence and her mother remarries. Lenny has a difficult time accepting her new stepfather and stepbrother. She also has to deal with the fact that her best friend Zainab is now living in Pakistan. The novel ends with Lenny’s return to Lahore to visit Zainab. Ice Candy Man is a novel about the effects of partition on the lives of ordinary people. It is a story of friendship, family, and the strength of the human spirit.
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