Ahimsaby: Supriya Kelkar
About: Can one girl make a difference in the destiny of a nation? It is 1942 and 10-year-old Anjali’s mother has joined India’s freedom struggle. Anjali gets unwillingly involved in the turmoil. She has to give up her biases against the Dalit community, or the so-called untouchables, and sacrifice her foreign-made clothes for khadi. When her world turns upside down, will Anjali be able to overcome her internal struggles and summon the courage needed to complete her mother’s social reform work? Inspired by her great-grandmother’s experience working with Gandhi, Supriya Kelkar brings to life the stories of the unsung heroes of India’s War of Independence.
Publisher: Scholastic Books
Navya Khandelwal, Grade 6C –
This book is about a girl named Anjali whose mother joins the freedom fighting movement changing Anjali’s world and making her think from a perspective which she had never had thought of. Anjali is working with the freedom fighters but when she hears about the riots between the Hindus and Muslims, she is scared. Her best friend Irfaan, is Muslim and with the riots, she is frightened that she and Irfaan will get separated.
This book is about conflict during the freedom struggle when people look for peace between the Muslims and Hindus. This book is about how one girl can change lives of people and how her determination brings two together into one. This story is smooth and is always keeping people to wonder on what would happen next.
My favourite character was Irfaan actually. He was always by Anjali’s side and he helped her work toward peace or Ahimsa. Even though Irfaan was Muslim, Anjali did not care, she didn’t let religion or caste in the middle of their strong friendship.
This is one such book which every young reader should put their nose into.