Saturday, August 14, 2010
Bapsi Sidhwa is the author of four internationally acclaimed novels. She lives in Houston, Texas, but was born in Karachi, Pakistan, and raised in Lahore. She graduated from Kinnaird College for Women, Lahore, and began writing in her twenties after the birth of two children.
Her book 'Ice Candy Man' has also been made into the film '1947 Earth' by director Bollywood Director Deepa Mehta.'1947 Earth 'was released around the world, and starred Amir Khan and Nandita Das.
Bapsi, represented the Punjab at the Asian Women's Conference at Alma Ata, was on the Advisory Committee to Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto on Women's Development till 1996. She has worked among women to create an awareness of their rights, and protested using street-power, the platform, and the media against repressive measures aimed at women and the minority communities in Pakistan. She has been voluntary secretary in the Destitute Women's and Children's Home in Lahore for several years.
Bapsi is an inspiration to women in Pakistan, and all over the world.