I enjoy learning about countries and cultures through fiction. I am interested in finding out more about the author, Ostlere. Is she from Indian background and what kind of research did she complete to write this novel? Set in 1984 when India's prime minister is killed and religious genocides occur.
Maya, fifteen years old, is growing up in Canada where her parents immigrated to from India. Her father is Sikh and her mother is Hindu--completely ...more
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Not my usual genre of YA book, I was blown away by KARMA – the writing, the story, description and characters all drew me in and kept me captive for the length of the book (and it’s not short!). Maya is an Indian-Canadian teenage girl. The story is written through verse, and is Maya’s diary. Through her, we learn about her family, culture, and life in a small prairie town. Despite the cultural differences, and so ...more
This novel illustrates the difficulties of ...more
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 novel 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...more
The year is 1984. Fifteen year old Maya packs a suitcase for a trip to India with her father. They are going to lay Maya's recently deceased Hindu mother to rest. Not long after they arrive, however, tumultuous religious differences between the Sikhs and Hindus explode into violence when prime minister Indira Gandhi is assassinated.
Maya and her father, a Sikh, are caught in the middle of the clash and separated when their hotel is attacked. Afraid for her safety because o ...more
I had to read this book for white pine and at first found it to be very interesting. It follows a hindu/seik girl named Maya whose father brings her to india to say goodbye to her mother's ashes. During their stay, all hell breaks lose in India and Maya is separated from her dad and fostered by a family who is very strict and ...more
Karma is the story of Maya, a half-Hindu half-Sikh teenager, who is traveling to India with her father to spread the ashes of her recently deceased mother. The first night Maya and her father, whom she calls Bapu, arrive, the Prime Minister Indira Gandh ...more
What a heartbreaking novel. I always hate people ...more
I do feel the main character acts/speaks a little older than her age at times, she was raised differently tha ...more
Mostly, this is a story of a canadian immigrant girl who comes back to India and her bond with a boy name Sandeep.
The verses, are simple to understand, and yet they touch your every chord of your heart. The story grows on you on such a level, that you start even talking to yourself in verse.
Give this a read, for its a simple story to ...more
One o ...more
At first I wasn't sure how I felt about the prose and the writing style, but it grew on me quickly. Once I got used to the narrative voice it was a breeze to read, and I whipped through the book really easily because the longest entries are only a couple of pages (some are only a few words). Also, though each entry is titled, there's no Chapter markers, and it's not sectioned off like a typical novel it reads like a diary.
I thought the w ...more
Maya and her father take her mother's ...more
Characters: Maya/Jiva, sixteen year old Indo-Canadian; Sandeep, caretaker and close friend of Maya; Amar/Bapu, Maya’s Sikh father; Leela, Maya’s depressed Hindu mother; Helen and Michael, Maya’s Canadian classmates
Setting: Canada and Delhi, India.
Theme: multicultural, cultural and religious identity, teenage love
Genre: poetry (verse), historical fiction, YA
Summary: Following the diaries of Maya, and later her friend Sandeep ...more