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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This book is interesting if you like indian culture. He helped Maya and never left her, even when he knew the outcome would not be in his favor. Karma is an unusual book with an unusual format and it needs to be recommended in order to find its readers.

KARMA — a novel-in-verse

odtlere I had never heard of the massacre following the assassination of Indira Gandhi or the assassination of Indira Gandhi for that matter. Sometimes it’s just confusion and fear.

An orange ribbon is floating through the air. Maya and Sandeep also tended to become annoying at times. Brenna Singer – Book Review in Verse. Another important theme found in “Karma” is that of forgiveness page”The dead. 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! You won’t be disappointed.

Otherwise, this is a stunning debut young adult novel by Cathy Ostlere! Let not its plus pages scare you. In both a historical and personal context, this book touches on so much of the beauty and heartbreak of India.


Assembly Election Results Sandeep seemed to have a lot more to say and wonder about than Maya did at that point in time. 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. Mar 20, Heather rated it really liked osstlere Shelves: It not only places blame on the rioters who burn men alive and rape young girls, but on those who stand by and do nothing to stop it.

Then They can withstand anything. Jul 30, M. Maya and her father, a Sikh, are caught in the middle of the clash and catthy when their hotel is attacked. I can speak three languages. Maya and Sandeep invite the reader to look inside their diaries where they reveal an intimate world of secrets, confessions and longings, and where poetry is a fire. Overall I thought this story was fantastic.

Throughout the book, elements of romance, historical fiction, and a coming-of-age story are all woven into this novel that tells its tale through angelic and detailed prose. Mar 13, AnQi rated it really liked it Shelves: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Some reviews that I have read have mentioned that “Karma” could be an awards contender for the season. Though she wasn’t speaking, he would be her voice and hopefully bring her back where she belongs.

Karma by Cathy Ostlere

On October 31,Indira Gandhi is gunned down by caty Sikh bodyguards. If I was Maya in this book, I think that it would be difficult to understand how each culture is and how their way of life is but it would also be difficult to deal with the loss of somebody you love like Maya did in this book because she lost her father later on in the story.


Jul 13, Terri rated it it was amazing. Separated from her father, Maya must survive the repercussions of a country in turmoil The history was very attractive to me. However, I felt the novel was overly long.

No blood in the soil to stain our lives. If you are familiar with your history, you know that on October 31,Prime Minister Indira Gandhi ostkere assassinated in her garden by two of her Sykh bodyguards as revenge for the attack on the Sykh’s holy “Golden Temple.

Ostlere’s ‘Karma’ is a once-in-a-lifetime book – News18

Sadly her mother finally returns in an urn. Her parents love each other but cannot escape their difference in beliefs. May 17, Jillian rated it it was amazing. You won’t be able to put it down. I haven’t read a novel told in verse for so oarma, this came as a pleasant surprise, not what I expected but I’m enjoying it so far. She carries with her the ashes of her mother, who has recently committed suicide, and arrives in Delhi on the eve of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s assassination – one of the bloodiest riots in the country’s history.

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