- Reading level: 10 - 15 years
- Hardcover: 308 pages
- Publisher: Scholastic India (5 August 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9352755340
- ISBN-13: 978-9352755349
- Package Dimensions: 18.6 x 12 x 2.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 32 customer reviews
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Ahimsa Hardcover – 5 Aug 2018
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"A simple and yet compelling story about love and tolerance. Read out Ahimsa to your children. It's an important lesson delivered through a delightful story. " - Vidhu Vinod Chopra (Director - 1942: A love Story and Eklavya: The Royal Guard)
"A poignant look at India's Independence through the eyes of a ten-year-old, Ahimsa is a well crafted tale of resistance. " - Rajkumar Hirani (Director - 3 Idiots, PK and Lage Raho Munna Bhai).
"A historical, timely, and informative story that is full of heart and belongs in most library collections." -School Library Journal, starred review
"Kelkar's first middle-grade book is filled with female empowerment, hope, family, and the power of nonviolent resistance. Drawing from her own family history, Kelkar doesn't shy from the reality that progress is slow and that one must persist even when all hope seems gone. Readers will empathize with this heartbreakingly charming debut about the universal struggle of overcoming fears and biases in order to make the world a better place." - Booklist, starred review
"This 2015 New Visions Award winner offers a complex narrative and inspires readers to check their privilege to address ongoing injustices." - Kirkus Reviews
"This is a story that is both enjoyable and hard to put down. Fluid writing and delightful, realistic point of view make Ahimsa an enjoyable period piece for young adults." - Foreword Reviews
About the Author
Born and raised in the Midwest, Supriya Kelkar learned Hindi as a child by watching three Bollywood films a week. Now she works in the film industry as a Bollywood screenwriter. She has credits on one Hollywood film and several Hindi films. Ahimsa, inspired by her great-grandmother’s role in the Indian freedom movement, is her debut middle grade novel.
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How a child see the fight through their own eyes and her innocent but challenging questions towards certain actions and ideas are thought provoking. I was amazed how foreign universities study our independent movement, but what we do know about our history?
Written By- Supriya Kelkar
Published by- Scholastic India
India is still under British rule but the quit India movement is growing stronger day by day. Set in 1942, in the backdrop of the Quit India and swadeshi movements spreading all over India, Ahimsa is the story of Anjali and her mother, who joins the movement following the principles of Gandhiji and determined to make a change in not just India's status as a soon to be independent country but also stands up against the discrimination among the Indians themselves based on caste, creed and religion. Anjali is reluctant to give up her lifestyle but slowly joins her mother in her fight. But these things comes at a high price. Will Anjali and her mother be able to withstand the backlash by their own people? (Read the book to find out)
●Supriya Kelkar wrote something so beautiful and inspiring that it's beyond words and praises.
●The story narrated by Anjali deals with not just the fight for Independence but introducing social reforms which was and sadly still is prevalent in our country.
●The narration of the story from the eyes of a 10 year old girl who did something so brave even the elders couldn't think of was perfectly stated. Choosing Anjali as the narrator was probably the best thing the author did.
●The way the book progressed bringing a change in Anjali's attitude and her desire to change our society following her mother's footsteps was simply outstanding.
If we consider Anjali as a representation of the citizens of our country and her mother as the social reform we can easily understand how much time and patience is required to change people's views and perspectives. Anjali was uncomfortable and stunned with the new and changed views of her mother, but slowly she saw reason among her methods and desires, hence she joined her. Such is also a case in our society, which will need time and patience to nurture these beliefs of social reform.
Lastly, Ahimsa is a book which should be read by every reader, specially Indians.
Ahimsa is an enthralling look at the Quit India Movement or the Freedom Movement of the Indians against the British Empire in the 1940s.
Told in the perspective of a 10 year old privileged Indian girl; Anjali – who is secure in the knowledge of being a Brahmin kid, who gets the best dresses and is the apple of her parent’s eyes. Her best friend is Irrfan; a Muslim boy, and that makes okay for Islam doesn’t really have a caste system.
Everything in her perfect world starts to splinter when her mother leaves her cushiony job with Captain Brent in the British Army – and decides to join in the Freedom Movement. Her confusion at the world around is easy to understand and definitely empathize with, for all that she has always taken at face value, the world she has believed to be right; is now slowly proving themselves to be wrong. It was amazing to see how Anjali took everything she has been told and to connect it with the world that she is now living in.
I loved how the author shows the growth of character in Anjali – from believing what she has always been told; to deciding what is right for herself through her own experiences – her confusion, her reluctance was as real as it gets.
This book is a definite recommendation for any young kid or even teenager (and I do believe, that some adults could also definitely use it!) to not only understand their legacy but also know that the path to be kind and humane isn’t easy; but it is definitely worth every second of struggle.
It is an empowering tale that shows naked truth of caste system which still sadly exists through the eyes of a young kid .The way Anjali develops understanding of patriotism by experiencing herself the struggle of her fellow people under the foreign power eventually , shows us this book aims to tell children of now to hail the ideals of equality , compassion, fraternity for all citizens irrespective of caste , creed and religion. This is a sure thing to be cherished not only by a single group but all age groups equally.
Absolutely Beautiful hardcover book of 308 pages with big nice font size and smooth easy narration that makes this a commendable work of the Author.