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Karma by Cathy Ostlere
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it was amazing
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I haven't read a novel told in verse for so long, this came as a pleasant surprise, not what I expected but I'm enjoying it so far. I imagine Dev Patel as Sandeep and Freida Pinto as Maya.

Māyā means illusion or more accurately a delusion. Though given two names as a daughter for two parents from different religions, she always favored the name her Hindu mother has given her "Maya". Her Sikh name given by her father is "Jiva" which means soul.

Maya is a Canadian, with an Indian family, a Hindu mother who commits suicide because she misses India and a father who plucks her from all that is a familiar and thrusts her into a 1984 war between Sikh and Hindus where she is orphaned and lost.

Sandeep is a desert boy, the moment he sees the silent sad Maya knows that she is his mirage.

The story is filled with love, hate, hope, despair, courage and weakness, grief and happiness. But the ending is bittersweet yet filled with hope.

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Reading Progress

March 23, 2014 – Started Reading
March 23, 2014 – Shelved
March 23, 2014 –
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7.49%
March 23, 2014 –
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13.11%
March 23, 2014 –
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16.48%
May 11, 2014 –
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20.04%
May 11, 2014 –
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25.09%
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38.2%
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56.18%
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96.07%
May 13, 2014 – Finished Reading
January 21, 2016 – Shelved as: own

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