Author Supriya Kelkar will be at the Farmington Community Library (main branch – 32737 W. 12 Mile Rd. Farmington Hills, MI 48334) on Saturday, February 17th at 2 P.M. She will be discussing and signing her new book Ahimsa. Book Beat will be supplying books for purchase. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED! To register for the event, click here. If you have any questions, please call Book Beat at (248) 968-1190.
In 1942, when Mahatma Gandhi asks Indians to give one family member to the freedom movement, ten-year-old Anjali is devastated to think of her father risking his life for the freedom struggle.
But it turns out he isn’t the one joining. Anjali’s mother is. And with this change comes many more adjustments designed to improve their country and use “ahimsa”–non-violent resistance–to stand up to the British government. First the family must trade in their fine foreign-made clothes for homespun cotton, so Anjali has to give up her prettiest belongings. Then her mother decides to reach out to the Dalit community, the “untouchables” of society. Anjali is forced to get over her past prejudices as her family becomes increasingly involved in the movement.
When Anjali’s mother is jailed, Anjali must step out of her comfort zone to take over her mother’s work, ensuring that her little part of the independence movement is completed.
Inspired by her great-grandmother’s experience working with Gandhi, New Visions Award winner Supriya Kelkar shines a light on the Indian freedom movement in this poignant debut.
This 2015 New Visions Award winner offers a complex narrative and inspires readers to check their privilege to address ongoing injustices. – Kirkus Review
The novel smoothly and realistically depicts the complex segregated world of India in those years, including characters from different castes. – Publishers Weekly
A historical, timely, and informative story that is full of heart and belongs in most library collections. —-School Library Journal, starred review
Born and raised in the metro Detroit, Supriya Kelkar learned Hindi as a child by watching three Hindi movies a week. Winner of the 2015 New Visions Award for her middle grade novel AHIMSA, (October 2, 2017), Supriya is an author and screenwriter who has worked on the writing teams for several Hindi films, including Lage Raho Munnabhai and Eklavya: The Royal Guard, India’s entry into the 2007 Academy Awards. She was an associate producer on the Hollywood feature, Broken Horses. Supriya is represented by Kathleen Rushall at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency.