In this tech age, our kids and we have a pool of opportunities awaiting us. We are free to choose a lifestyle we want. We think of our freedom fighters only on national days. What if I told a 10-year-old girl participated in the freedom struggle? It sounds surprising and unbelievable, isn’t it? At an age where not many children are capable of doing things on their own, a 10-year-old girl decides to become the strength of her mother and also participates in the freedom struggle in her own ways. This book Ahimsa written by Supriya Kelkar is a story of a 10-year-old Anjali, a Brahmin whose Mother worked for British Raj, however, had to leave the job given the struggle of freedom that changed lives of many and marks itself as the biggest struggle for freedom in the history of the world.
Page Counts: 308 pages
Opening Sentence: They wouldn’t hang a ten-year-old-girl, thought Anjali, clenching a small tin of black paint.
Publication Date: August 5th, 2018
Ahimsa is a book from a 10 yr old’s perspective. Set in the year 1940s during India’s struggle for freedom. Her world is secure and happy because of her being from the privileged caste. Anjali and her best friend, have no care in the world. The innocence of their childhood is visible in the way they happily celebrate each other’s festivals.
The narration is smooth and very easy to understand. Author has done a very good job of weaving characters beautifully into the book. The Character, I most like is Mohan. The raw emotions he exuded were very potent and I was moved to tears many times. This book is a definite read for Kids and Young Adults. I am sure, even adults would enjoy this book.