Ahimsa by Supriya Kelkar

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Read Ahimsa Online Free - In 1942, when Mahatma Gandhi asks Indians to give one family member to the freedom movement, ten-year-old Anjali is devastated to think of her father risking his life for the freedom struggle.

But it turns out he isn't the one joining. Anjali's mother is. And with this change comes many more adjustments designed to improve their country and use "ahimsa"—non-violent resistance—to stand up to the British government. First the family must trade in their fine foreign-made clothes for homespun cotton, so Anjali has to give up her prettiest belongings. Then her mother decides to reach out to the Dalit community, the "untouchables" of society. Anjali is forced to get over her past prejudices as her family becomes increasingly involved in the movement.

When Anjali's mother is jailed, Anjali must step out of her comfort zone to take over her mother's work, ensuring that her little part of the independence movement is completed.

Inspired by her great-grandmother's experience working with Gandhi, New Visions Award winner Supriya Kelkar shines a light on the Indian freedom movement in this poignant debut.

Title : Ahimsa
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ISBN : 1620143569
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 304 pages


TheSkepticalReader rated it ★★★★★

March 05, 2018

Review originally posted on A Skeptical Reader. Ahimsa is about a ten-year-old Anjali who’s mother has just quit her job working under the British Raj for undisclosed reasons and a rising Independence movement is about to take her entire life by storm. It opens up with a black Q painted on the sid...

Elisabeth rated it ★★★★★

July 11, 2017

Ahimsa offers a fascinating glimpse into the world of the freedom movement in India in the 1940s. While I knew a little about Indian history from movies like Gandhi and Water, it was interesting seeing it all from the perspective of 10-year-old Anjali. I think kids will really connect with her as...

Danielle rated it ★★★★★

March 16, 2018

Complex and captivating, with a truly moving and emotional climax, this is a wonderful novel that will educate and inspire. "even a small number of dedicated people can alter the course of history." (p. 195)

Ms. rated it ★★★☆☆

June 30, 2017

E ARC provided by Edelweiss Above the Treeline In a small town in India in 1942, Anjali is worried that her mother has lost her job working for a British colonel, Brent. At the age of ten, her biggest worry is that there won't be enough money to buy a new dress for her for the holiday. It turns ou...

Kate rated it ★★★★★

October 01, 2017

A stunning tale of social justice set in 1940s India, AHIMSA gives readers a glimpse into what the true meaning of non-violent resistance is. A required purchase for school libraries. Thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for the digital review copy of this title This story has now become my ab...

Mississippi Library rated it ★★★★★

January 09, 2018

Inspired by her great-grandmother's role in the Indian freedom movement, Kelkar has delivered a five-star book for middle grade readers about an ordinary young girl, her family, and their surprising contribution to history. While many students will recognize Gandhi's name, they may not know much...

Alex rated it ★★★★☆

December 05, 2017

It’s 1942 and while Britain and the rest of the world are engaged in WWII, in Bombay (today’s Mumbai), the Quit India movement, whose goal is to rid India of British rule and gain independence, is begun with a speech by Mahatma Gandhi on August 8th. The very next day, August 9, 1942, Gandhi is ar...

Heidi rated it ★★★★★

February 13, 2018

This is a fabulous written, powerfully told story about the independence movement in 1942 India. Anjali is shocked when she learns of her mother's intention to join Gandhiji's non-violent freedom movement. But as she gets involved in her mother's efforts to non-violently fight the British and hel...

Sarah rated it ★★★★★

January 01, 2018

Ahimsa: Nonviolence. Anjali's world seems to be filled with aggression and violence as India struggles against the British government in 1942. The people are also struggling against each other. Graffiti, vandalism, riots, beatings and other forms of violence build throughout this story. Anjali's...

Karina rated it ★★★★★

June 28, 2017

This was a touching and informative read about the freedom movement in India to reclaim the country's government and economy from the British. I loved the nuances in this story, and it gave me a better understanding of that area and political climate in the 1940s. The main character Anjali, a ten...

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