India’s political instability is the backdrop and catalyst for Maya’s awakening to the world. KARMA is the story of how a young woman, straddling two cultures and. Karma is the story of how she straddles two cultures, endures Karma. Front Cover. Cathy Ostlere. PRH Canada Young Readers, Mar It is , and fifteen-year-old Maya is on her way to India with her father. She carries with her the ashes of her mother, who has recently committed suicide, and .
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Cathy Ostlere brings to life a moving and rich post World War II novel about a girl named Jiva who must struggle to find her father in the religiously divided country of India. Throughout the book, elements of romance, historical fiction, and a coming-of-age story are all woven into this fathy that tells its tale through angelic and detailed prose. Jiva, who’s name means ‘life’, has always been different, even in her home country of India, where her ancestors a.
Jiva, who’s name means ‘life’, has always been different, even in her home country of India, where her ancestors are derived from. For one thing, her mother is Hindu, and her father is Sikh-religions that continuously battle each other for supremacy in the Asian country. And even though Jiva is Indian, her family leads a life in Canada so as to avoid the religious turmoil in her parents’ homes.
When one day Jiva discovers her mother’s body after commiting suicide, her father decides that they must go back to India to lay her mother’s ashes to rest. Jiva’s journey thoughout this dramatic and intricate story leads to disaster, hope, and renewal. You will find yourself drawn into the magnificent world that is Jiva’s, and urge yourself to read until you are finished and satisfied with Jiva’s outcome.
Though confusing with countless flashblacks and time lapses, Karma is a book that will weave you through a journey that moves and swells with emotion and philosophy. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Karma by Cathy Ostlere. Karma by Cathy Ostlere Goodreads Author.
On October 31,Indira Gandhi is gunned down by two Sikh bodyguards. It is into this chaos that sixteen-year-old Maya and her Sikh father, Amar, arrive from their home in Canada.
Hardcoverpages. Published March 31st by Razorbill first published March 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Karmaplease sign up. How did you come up with such a book? Lists with This Book. Sep 01, Cindy rated it really liked it Shelves: Karma is a moving fictionalization of the horrific massacre of Sikhs in India, told through verse and from the perspective of a teenage Canadian girl.
Dear Maya, Life is an illusion. And as it turns out, so is death. What remains when we all fade away? As a whole, though, this is an amazing book in its characterization and its unflinching willingness to explore complex theme Karma is a moving fictionalization of the horrific massacre of Sikhs in India, told through verse and from the perspective of a teenage Canadian girl.
KARMA — a novel-in-verse
As a whole, though, this is an amazing book in its characterization and its unflinching willingness to explore complex themes. Jun 30, Jessica J rated it liked it. Goodness, this book was quite fascinating! This book was a bit choppy in my opinion because the book was written as several poems which forms a story that you would have to picture in your mind alone. Overall I actually kinda liked it.
Jul 13, Terri rated it it was amazing. I have read some great multicultural pieces this summer that I can’t wait to booktalk in the fall! The piece takes place in India from late October through late December with flashbacks to earlier in the main character’s life.
If you are familiar with your history, you know that on October 31,Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated in her garden by two of her Sykh bodyguards as revenge for the attack on the Sykh’s holy “Golden I have read some great multicultural pieces this summer that I can’t wait to booktalk in the fall!
If you are familiar with your history, you know that on October 31,Prime Minister Indira Carhy was assassinated in her garden by two of her Sykh bodyguards as revenge for the attack on the Sykh’s holy “Golden Temple. By December of that year, Sykhs and Hindu’s were denying that anything had happened. As the main character says on page” We are a nation accustomed to pain.
Maya, who is half Hindu and half Sikh, was born and raised in Elsinore, Canada. Her parents story is very much a “Romeo and Juliet” story, a recurring theme krma the novel. Their marriage of a Hindu to a Sykh was not approved by either of their families. Thus, after having been born and raised in India, the two sought refuge kaema Canada where they did not fit in either.
Matu’s unhappiness grew over the years, and her desire to go home was discouraged cathj Bapu. With no job, no Indian community members with whom to find friendship, Matu carhy slowly driven mad. After her death, as “Karma” begins, Bapu and Maya bring Matu’s ashes back to India, where Bapu seeks to deal with his guilt and to honor Matu – in ways Maya is not at first aware of. Soon after they arrive in New Dehli, Gandhi is murdered. Bapu, who is easily identifiable as a Sykh, must cut off his hair and give up his turban which is like betraying his faith and denying everything about himself in order to survive.
When he goes out to find help and doesn’t return, Maya is left to fend for herself. She too caty off her hair and dresses as a boy.
She flees to the train staiton, boards a train to an unknown destination, and witnesses brutality that forever changes her life and who she is. As a result of what she sees, she becomes mute and is taken in by the doctor, Parvrati, to whom she is brought after her collapse in a crowd.
Parvati sends her to live with her Hindu family Amma, Barindra, and the seventeen year old son they took in at age six, Sandeep. Parvati makes Sandeep promise to watch over Maya and to get her to talk and reveal her true identity and her story. Thus begins a great adventure, and eventually another “Romeo and Juliet” like relationship.
Presented as a page novel-in-verse, it reads very quickly. The story is told in a first person journal format by osstlere Maya and then Sandeep, whose voices are both distinct and memorable.
Filled with vivid imagery, Vathy is able to bring the sights, the smells, the colors, the emotions, and the sounds that surround Maya and Sandeep caathy life. It is in this way that the reader gets a real sense of the time and the place. For an American teen this is ostlerw beautiful introduction to India, and its history and cultures. Some reviews that I have read have mentioned that “Karma” could be an awards contender for the season. I would have to agree.
There is a wealth of thematic material here for thought, discussion, and writing.
On page Maya says, “Too dark to be Canadian. Too tall for a girl. Too pretty for a boy. I can speak three languages. Hiding in her skin. Another important theme found in “Karma” is that ostoere forgiveness page”The dead.
This is what they try to tell us. Everything can be forgiven. Maya talks of second chances: Everyone deserves a second chance, don’t you think? Racism isn’t always hatred. Sometimes it’s just confusion and fear. It’s their own hearts, they’re not sure about. Another cahty discussion would be on why the book is named “Karma.
While it is really beautiful, the bright pink and yellow cover will make it a book primarily for girls – and there is so much here for any teen! Even if I got a teen boy to take a look at the book, through booktalking, it is doubtful that oetlere boys would be willing to carry around this gigantic pink book!
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Otherwise, this is a stunning debut young adult novel by Cathy Ostlere! Oct 31, Book Concierge rated it liked it Shelves: They arrive, however, on the same day as Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is assassinated by two of her guards. This young adult catby is told entirely in verse, making for a very fast read. It includes some pretty serious matter, however: Somehow, she comes across as resilient, resourceful and tenacious, even when paralyzed by fear or indecision. The differences in their religions and socio-economic status will not deter him.
Apr 03, Marcie rated it it was amazing. Karma is defined as action, seen as bringing upon oneself inevitable results, good or bad, either in this life or in reincarnation. This is the main theme woven throughout this novel. The main part of this story takes place during the riots osflere broke out after Indria Gahndi is gunned down in Maya is the main character in this novel.
She writes down the unfolding of these horrific events in her diary.