I am currently reading the novel Water by Pakistani author Bapsi Sidhwa. This story of realistic fiction follows a little girl forced into an arranged marriage who becomes a widow before she turns ten. Though it sounds like a chance for the child “Little Mouse” to be freed from married life, she actually is thrust into the even less pleasurable existence of a 1900s East Asian widow. Forced to wear white and beg for alms, she challenges the beliefs and traditions that have placed her in the house of widows.
And that’s as far as I’ve gotten. Once I’ve finished reading Sidhwa’s book, I think I will write some sort of short story in response. (Maybe I will try also to weave in an homage to “Sultana’s Dream” as well).
Until then, best wishes.