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About the Author: Shauna Singh Baldwin

Shauna Singh Baldwin is a Canadian American novelist of Indian descent Her 2000 novel What the Body Remembers won the Commonwealth Writers Prize Canadian Caribbean Region , and her 2004 novel The Tiger Claw was nominated for the Giller Prize She currently lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin Baldwin and her husband own the Safe House, an espionage themed restaurant in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.



10 thoughts on “What the Body Remembers

  1. says:

    Wow This may be the best Indian historical novel I ve read to date For about a week and a half, I was utterly swept up in the world of Roop and Satya, the two wives of Sardarji Singh, a wealthy Sikh landowner who also works as an engineer for the British Indian government in 1940s Punjab Through the lives of these women, the story of the desperate struggle of Sikhs to remain in their homeland of Punjab, is beautifully illustrated They face sexism from their fathers and husbands, always encouraged to say Yes, even when the result is hurtful.The fact Shauna Singh Baldwin has created very real, and flawed, characters Satya, Sarjdarji s first wife, is bitter after the embarrassment of many years of marriage to him without a child She takes this out on Roop but as cruel as she can be, her misery to us is clear, as well as her shining intellect Roop at age 16 doesn t care about being married to an older man who already has a wife in the household she s only interested in being rich and having pretty clothes and servants, and has grown up believing it s always important to obey What a harsh awakening lies in store for her, when she becomes the victim of Satya s power strategies, which even include taking custody of Roop s young children The battles between Roop and Satya, as well as Punjab s inevitable journey to being split in 1947 into Pakistan and India, are both compelling.I learned so much about Sikkhism and Punjabi culture in this story, and I did not feel the amount of history shared was excessive, as some other readers have The last chapters deal with characters we care about attempting to flee or survive the Muslim Sikh Hindu violence of 1947, and may be pretty hard going for some But suspense, rather than violence, flavors the entire length of the book It left me a big fan of the author and hungering to read everything she s written.


  2. says:

    The reader writer connection wasn t successful for me in the early third of this book there were too many times I found myself thinking about the writing style rather than the story Part of the reason for that was a number of what one of my favourite creative writing teachers called the editorial lump where the writer steps out of the story and catches us up on world events, philosophy anything but the story Towards the end, I was totally over that, as I realized how difficult it was to talk about history from the point of view of women who weren t allowed to participate in it at all That was really the point, and it is a remarkable achievement This book is well worth reading just for the sake of knowing a bit about women s lives in India through the time of Partition, and knowing about what happened then For example, I had no idea despite reading many books about India s independence that there were many Indians who were terrified to see the British leave when they did and how they did , and rightfully so I learned a lot, and came to care for the characters.


  3. says:

    I read this book with my bookclub it was chosen because three of the members are Canadian born Sikh and wanted to learn about their history I ve read many books set in India over the years but this is the first book I ve read by a Sikh author Like many other books that discuss Indian culture, this goes into a lot of detail about British colonialism in the country, as well as the many religious beliefs and languages The story itself was quite sad As a woman, I couldn t help but empathize with the two female protagonists, especially in the patriarchal society that values women only as long as they produce offspring boys of course, girls are just visitors in their parent s home This book also does a good job in describing the beauty and culture of India and the superstitious beliefs that hold captive many of the people at least in those days Additionally, it is also reminiscent of Rushdie s Midnight s Children in that it s set around the time of India s Partition.


  4. says:

    I ve just put the book down and will need some time to process everything But as you can see, I ve given it 5 stars and strong recommendations to my friends to read this beautiful elegy to undivided Punjab.This is a book that takes time to sink in The horrors of the mass migration are in these pages, the riots, rape, and village burning It s very hard to read but Shauna Singh Baldwin treats the difficult material with incredible tenderness and empathy In fact, you d think that seeing all the destruction from a Sikh point of view my first experience of this POV would encourage feelings of blame or disgust But that s not the effect at all The story begins and ends with the character of Satya, the senior wife of an English educated Punjabi civil engineer Through her eyes, we see Sardarji in all his human weakness and fallibility because they ve been married many years Satya is smart, strong and wilful, the perfect helper for Sardarji in his official capacity But she s unable to give him children.Roop is introduced into the narrative when she s about to become Sardarji s junior wife at the age of 16 She is understandably terrified of Satya and her new role which is to bear her husband sons How she describes it She will do what women are for She is smart too but it takes the entire length of the story for her to find her strength She is naturally wilful but tries her best to be compliant.The reader also sees through the eyes of Sardarji himself, with all his responsibilities and worries He wants nothing than to provide good irrigation, waterways, and infrastructure for his beloved home region of Punjab, and sons to pass on his name He tries to please his wives and to work within the framework of the English colonial rule All three main characters are Sikh in religion but there are friends, family members and villagers of other faiths, mainly Islam and Hindu Tensions between the Hindus and Muslims increase and intensify as the creation of a Muslim state, Pakistan, looms The main problem, for a civil engineer and for every family living in the disputed region of Punjab, is where the border between India and Pakistan should fall And also the separation of a Hindu state from a Muslim state leaves no protection for minorities, like Christians, Parsis, and of course Sikhs The ensuing bloodshed is seemingly inevitable What the Body Remembers is heartbreaking but transcendent Roop, in particular, grows in strength and maturity as a wife, as a mother, as a Sikh, and as a compassionate human being It is terrible what she must live through in order to be refined in this way but she chooses to respond to tragedy by transforming herself The reader is left somber but hopeful by this beautifully told story.


  5. says:

    Roop, one of Bachan Singh s two daughters, grows up without her mother Her father, a respected however not too well off a person in the village, does his best in bringing up his daughters and son.Roop grows up believing that she is destined to a better life When Bachan Singh gets a proposal from one of the wealthiest men in the village for his daughter, he is delighted, only to be disappointed when he realizes that it is not for one of the wealthy man s sons but for an already married relative of his However, already in debt after his elder daughter s wedding, Bachan Singh does not have much of an option but to agree Bachan Singh might have been heavy hearted but Roop was delighted She was convinced that she has a wonderful fate in store for her Even becoming a second wife does not faze her She believes that she will be a little sister to her older co wife.Satya, Sardarji s wife is sophisticated, the perfect mate to the Oxford educated Sardarji Perfect, but for the fact that she is barren She tries hard to fight her fate, hoping that Sardarji will refuse to take a second wife, only to realize that despite his educational credentials, Sardarji is still bound by his roots Having an heir, a son, is very important to him.She is hit hard by the fact that the new bride has got handed all her jewellery Everything that was hers is now Roop s Satya tries everything she can to ensure that Sardarji s second marriage is ruined.It is a touching story woven through the landscape of political landscape of unrest and eventually India s Partition into India and Pakistan.Roop s initial innocence, trying hard to please everybody, believing that she and Satya would be like sisters, her compliance and her slow metamorphosis into her own person, somebody who understood that she had to fight for her rights in every way she could She learns the ways of the world to survive, to hold on to her position, as the mother of Sardarji s children.Sardarji, again a complex character, educated in England, a civil engineer, outwardly a modern person, but when it came to his inner self, someone who held on to the views of his society He tries to saddle both his worlds, wining and dining with his English colleagues, while looking down on them just as they did him , and his life in Indian society.Satya s bitterness, her inability to accept her fate, trying everything she could to ensure that Roop is just a baby maker, and not Sardarji s wife Satya comes across as a strong person, someone who knows her rights, and tries to fight society in the way she could A woman who argues with her husband, who refuses to be sweet sweet in front of her husband, a woman who believes that she is her husband s equal.The book is also sprinkled with instances of how underprivileged women and girls were in those days At her father s place, Roop had never tasted meat or fish that was reserved for her brother, because the whole family s fortune rested on him The girls would just be married off Roop s unmarried aunt, who keeps planning to leave, but everybody is aware, that she will never leave After all, as an unmarried woman, she does not have a house of her own, to go to.The book also deals with the way political unrest changed life as they knew it Once Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs lived together in harmony, but with the partition looming closer, things changed, loyalties changed Life as they knew it changed It also reflects how Sikhs viewed the partition While carving out countries keeping in mind the two main communities, Sikhs were the ones who were uprooted from their land and made to migrate into a new, foreign land One stroke of the pen that made them foreigners in their own land. A partition when one minority was almost entirely ignored A beautifully written story, leaves you moved, saddened, and a lot wiser.


  6. says:

    Finally, I finished reading this For my book club s India journey, we read this for Northern India This novel is set in Punjab and focuses on a Sikh family I ve never encountered such a setting before so that was interesting But boy was this book just as wordy as our Southern India book choice, The Forgotten Daughter What the Body Remembers is set right before the Partition of British India We meet Roop, a teenage girl from a Punjab Sikh family, who is quite naive and materialistic and whose mother recently passed away One of Roop s ear is dead, so her father is really worried if he can give her away for marriage It all depends on her kismat, you see Roop ends up marrying the landlord, so that her father can waive his debt and not be burdened with providing another dowry Roop s sister recently got married too A big theme in this novel is polygamy and the rivalry between the old wife and the new, young wife I guess this should also symbolize colonial British India and the newly emerging countries India and Pakistan.Understandably, things got very uncomfortable I just didn t like Sardaji He is a man full of conflicts and arrogance on the one hand, he wants to be a modern and respected civil engineer, but on the other hand he wants to take a second wife who can bear him children Postcolonial contradictions and being torn between two different cultures Nevertheless, I didn t like Sardaji and the crazy patriarchy that goes on in India until this day is really frustrating This really comes to life in this novel and the reader can see that most of the information we get about the events at that time are through the male characters Because the females were so restricted I learned a little bit about Sikhism and I got a way better view of the Partition period from this novel rather than Salman Rushdie s Midnight Children Unfortunately it took me almost 200 pages to get used to the writing and the names of the characters Also I ve caught the book s title several times in the novel, but I still don t get what it is supposed to mean Divide et impera That was the policy, divide and rule Separate electorate for Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs, remember The Hindu and Muslim faiths were tools, the instruments by which you British divided us, then stood back complaining how we Indians fight, never giving you any peace


  7. says:

    I originally started this book in Feb 2013 and didn t get far before I set it aside to possibly attempt another time It was a challenge that was the deciding factor in pulling it back off the shelf and wiping the dust off the cover I m glad I did.I enjoyed this intricate tale of three people embroiled in the dynamics of a marriage with two wives amidst the backdrop of a time when having a second wife was beginning to be socially frowned upon That alone could have made an interesting story, but add the maelstrom of the Partition in the 1940 s India and you have a volatile tale At times the story was riveting, yet at other times a bit dry and I found myself slogging my way through.My loyalties between the two wives shifted from the beginning of the book to the end, and I was much involved in the power struggle between them than I was the political power struggle Yet, towards the end of the book, I was drawn into that as well The immediate days surrounding Partition in August 15, 1947 were horrific 10,000,000 people were relocated without any organization One day they had a home and the next they did not 2,000,000 people men, women children died in the violence that ensued India was divided by religion I placed this on my Canadian connection shelf because the author was born in Canada.


  8. says:

    What the Body Remembers by Shauna Singh Baldwin is one of my favorite books of all time I wish I had read this book sooner It took me almost eight weeks to finish the book I read in intervals because I had to take detours to complete other reading commitments The book centers around three main characters Roop, who at the age of sixteen, becomes a second wife to a rich landowner Satya the landowner s first wife who is childless and struggles to maintain her status when a new woman comes into her world and begins to have children Sadarji is a rising man in the Indian Irrigation department For most of the book, my favorite character was Satya She was so strong and fearless I love how she questioned the gap between the intention of Sikhs to treat women as equals and the reality of women not being valued or treated the same as men The following passage is such a good example of how Satya s wishes express the struggle between the reality and her wishes for it Surely, there will come a time when just being can bring izzat in return, when a woman will be allowed to choose her owner, when a woman will not be owned, when love will be enough payment for marriage, children or no children, just because her shakti takes shape and walks the world again What she wants is really that simple Towards the end of the book, all of the characters worlds are rocked by the religious divisions between Hindus, Sikhs, and Muslims which intensify as the departing British prepare to divide the land into India and Pakistan During this period, I especially appreciated the growth in Roop She goes from being timid to finally finding her voice and having the courage to stand alone Throughout the book, I really HATED Sardarji On some level, I could sympathize with is struggle to rise in the British government that was in India However, I felt so angry with him for how he treated Satya and I did not fully understand or appreciate his need to take a second wife Towards the end of the book, there is a powerful scene at a train station in which the iciness in my heart for Sadarji began to defrost Another thing I appreciated the book is how all three characters are devout Sikhs and yet manage to question and embody the principles of Sikhism in their own ways I look forward to reading about the author in the future.


  9. says:

    5 and a This is an extraordinary book The novel deals with the struggles to form Pakistan, when Muslims fought Sikhs and Hindus, and with the traditional culture vs the modern expectations It is also a tale of woman and her place in the world Roop is just 16 when she becomes the second wife of Sandaji needed because 1st wife Satya is still barren after 20 years How Roop grows and matures, how Satya descends to madness with jealousy and hatred are themes that mirror the division of India and Pakistan Our book club had chosen it months in advance, but our discussion took place one week after Sept 11, 2001 Couldn t have been timely UPDATE April 2005I read it again for a different book club, and got even out of it.


  10. says:

    The story of Sardarji, an English educated Sikh engineer in India during the last days of British rule, but centrally of his two wives Satya is Sardaji s contemporary, strong willed and well suited to him, but unable to have children Roop, his much younger second wife, is an independent child, when we first meet her, but soon gives way to societal expectations that she be good good, sweet sweet The tensions between the three, and the restricted roles placed on Satya and Roop, are at the center of the novel, and the underlying political tensions only partly understood by the two women Near the end of the novel, when the British withdraw from India, and Partition between India and Pakistan draws near, Roop s limited understanding of the political factors of the outside world spotlights the intensity and confusion of the experience for readers, giving a different perspective than a book with a broader scope, like Midnight s Children.I felt some frustration with the book, but on reflection, it echoes the limitations on Satya and on Roop, who obsesses about doing what women are for bearing children and particularly sons But having read about Partition from Hindu and Muslim perspectives, it was particularly interesting to see the experience through the eyes of the Sikhs, as well as to learn generally about Sikh culture Thus, though the book honestly did drag in some places, I m giving it four stars.


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