Ba slipped the gold bangles from my wrists. The gold ones were plain so I didn’t mind taking them off, but I loved wearing my milk-glass bangles and the lakkh bracelets.
"A widow can't wear bangles,” she said. "They are signs of a woman's good fortune. When your husband dies it's over."
"What if my good fortune comes back?"
Pretty as a peacock, twelve-year-old
Kashmira Sheth is brilliant in writing the point of view of a rather young person - her protagonist and storyteller Leela is not even 13, and yet the story feels real. No difficult words, no overlong sentences, and as a bonus for non-Indian readers short explanations of customs and traditions that go naturally with the text.
The story itself is about Leela's year of mourning - called keeping corner - after the death of...more
A teacher came to tutor Leela at home. She encouraged Leela to keep a n...more
Her older brother, Kanubhai, comes to her defense insighting the wise man Gandhi's messa...more
Twelve-year-old Leela has always led a charmed life. A member of a high caste in India in 1918, she barely notices the unrest brewing between her countrymen and the British. When her husband dies from a snake bite, Leela’s life is completely turned upside down. Now a widow, she is forced to “keep corner” for a year and mourn her husband, even though they had not even shared a home yet. Her isolation is bearable only due to visits from her tutor and...more
There are contrasts between Leela's life before and after she had to keep corner. Her mother, Ba loved her so much and indulged her in buying bangles and sweets more than her other relatives thought were necessary....more
Keeping Corner is set in India in the early twentieth century. It is the story of a twelve-year-old girl named Leelah, who is already married per the customs of the day. She still lives with her doting parents, but is anticipating a time in the nea...more
It is the story of a young widow, Leela, who is ‘keeping corner’ or mourning her late husband by not stepping foot outside of her house for one year. Told through Leela’s eyes, the book presents the peaceful protests (satyagraha) of Gandhi against both colonization and the caste system. As teachings of Gandhi trickle through the town and...more
This book was a very compelling book! It portrays how a 13 year old Indian girl copes with being a widow. Leela got engaged at 2 and married at 9. At age 13 she was supposed to move to her husband’s house. Unexpectedly a cobra kills him. Leela’s family takes away her colorful clothes and jewelry replacing it with a plain brown sari. She has to shave her head for life and can’t let any hair grow on it and can’t marry another man. To make things worse she can’t go outside for a year...more
The good new...more
Keeping Corner is about and Indian girl whose husband dies very young. She herself is only 13 at the time and she must live the rest of her life as a widow. That means she must keep her head shaven and never wear jewelry and only on type of sari. It also means that for one year she's not allowed to leave her house because she is "grieving".
However, through education and the changing government (as this is taking...more
At eight years Sheth, left Bhavangar, for Mumbai.
She did her studying there until she was seventeen. She left Mumbai, to go to college, in Ames Iowa to do her BS at Iowa State Un...more