This book is set during the independence movement, but the topics of caste, religion, integrity are so so relevant in the present day scenario. It is a moving, heartwarming and positive book that leaves you introspecting.
My 9 year old had basic idea of India's struggle for independence, but when I read this book to him his understanding of the real struggle got better. The struggle of the untouchables, non-violence, cast,relegion, class division, women deprivation, etc. 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?
Name- Ahimsa Written By- Supriya Kelkar Published by- Scholastic India Pages- 295 Ratings- 5🌟 Storyline- 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) Review- ●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. Personal Views- 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.
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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.
Authored by Supriya Kelker inspired from her own Grand Ma 's life experiences from the freedom struggle days , this book from the perspective of a 10 year old girl born and brought up in Brahmin family , taught to disregard backward/ lower community & classes , wear foreign made dresses in the backdrops of 1942 , the famous Indian struggle for independence under the leadership of MK Gandhi when her own mother quits her British govt based job to contribute in the independence movement , learning to judge herself if she is taught wrong and what needs to be done , is a heart wrenching educational fiction that is effective in making its mark in the hearts of modern kids of today 's world . . . . 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.
Ahimsa is about 10 year old Anjali whose mother, a british captain’s assistant decides to be conducive in the freedom struggle against the British. This decision distorts Anjali’s perfect and happy life. The book takes you from Anjali finding happiness in designer gagra-choli to wearing khadi one’s. From her being a Brahmin to standing up against village for Dalits. The story however is beyond the sacrifices made by Anjali. It also talks about the freedom struggle of India against British as well as within her own people. And mostly Anjali’s and her family’s contribution in it. I thoroughly enjoyed and loved reading this book. It is one of the most simple, outstanding and non-violent description or fictional retelling of the fight for freedom rein. Even if it is from a 10 year old’s vista it is a enlightening read for all. The book instills a feeling of self belief and standing up for it. Anjali and her mother’s characters are very well woven not failing to make you fall for their love and bond. Anjali’s mother is a very strong and opinionated woman leading her daughter in this journey of becoming a freedom fighter also setting goals for Anjali and for us at the same time. I absolutely adored her. Even if I wasn’t reading this book or was doing something else I was constantly hit by her strength and fortitude. Anjali like all 10 year olds is quiet immature but very determined and courageous, exhibiting her mother’s traits. Her character development is very realistic and some what influential. Her transition is applaudable and again sets goals for us. I would recommend this book to all those who are interested in reading about our freedom struggle in a fictional and different perspective. Also a great read for children.
Thank you to the author and scholastic india for providing me with a review copy in return of an honest review!
For a kids' book to deliver the lessons about Ahima, caste and gender discrimination and other social injustices, the author need to be extremely talented especially if the story is based on the background of freedom struggle. Supriya Kelkar is one such author whose could make the impossible seem possible.
The story is about Anjali who was brought up amidst luxury. Till the time her mother joined the freedom struggle, she was unaware pf what is happening around her. Once she opened her eyes, she could see that the life and the world around is not what could be seen on the periphery. She decides to side with her mother and do whatever possible from her end. She cleans toilet, convinces her Dalit friends to come to school and do everything in her possibility to eradicate inequality. While Anjali is trying to do her part, her mother gets arrested and a communal riot erupts. Anjali is heartbroken to see that her best friend Irfan is on the other sight of the fight and her innocent friendship gets affected. Further what happens make the rest of the story.
How the author conveys her messages about Ahimsa,equality and relationships. Most of the Indians have only academical knowledge about the freedom struggle and tends to imbibe everything the Gandhiji said. The rift between Gandhiji and B.R. Ambedkar regarding the names Harijan and Dalit and that the backward caste or the untouchables preferred the term Dalit would be a new revelation to many Indians.
Overall the book is educating, empowering and engaging. The style of narration is such that the kids will be engaged and at the same time author has set a benchmark that enables the kids to develop their language. The characters are ideal and hence the kids have a lot to learn from the kind of transformation that happens to the characters, especially Anjali, Irfan and Suman.