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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Different and really pulled you into the lives of the characters. But, regardless, the historical backdrop proved to be one of the best aspects of the novel. Karma – October 31,Indira Gandhi is gunned down osflere two Sikh bodyguards. You won’t be able to put it down.

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

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. At times I felt the story focused on the light side of things too much, but I think it helped leave the reader not completely depressed. Please don’t shy away from it because it’s free verse.

His sister thinks that Sandeep can be the one person who can lure Maya from her internal prison. Years ago, Jiva’s parents, Bapu and Leela, met and fell in love back in India. On page Maya says, “Too dark to be Canadian. Maya and Sandeep invite the reader to look inside their diaries where they reveal an intimate world of ostldre, confessions and longings, and where poetry is a fire.


Cafhy I felt that at times any poetic rhythm ostlre lost to me, and I just began to read it as a novel with really short chapters. But as her love for Sandeep begins to blossom, Maya will have to face the truth about her painful adolescence. I learned quite a bit about a culture I did not and honestly still don’t know a lot about, and I was fascinated by these characters and their lives. However in Maya’s POV their were a few chapters that were basically sentence that were awkwardly entered, and not so pretty.

Though her mother is dead, Maya still seems to have her guidance in her heart and mind.

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”. Some reviews that I have read have mentioned that “Karma” could be an awards contender for the season.

It’s a glimpse into normal lives disrupted by civil unrest and the clashing of cultures that aren’t really all that different when you truly look at them. Flooding the paper banks. Sandeep saw Maya, and knew that he jarma love her.

Several adventures follow and the seeds of friendship and young love are sown.

LibrisNotes: Karma by Cathy Ostlere

When Maya looses her voice her story is told through the eyes of Sandeep. 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. It hit all the right spots even before I had read the award-winning book. I spent some time wondering who Fiva karrma until I remembered the same thing happened to me the first time I read Karma as well.


Mar 08, Allison Saunders rated it it was amazing. Event 34 Thursday, October 23, – It is into this chaos that sixteen-year-old Maya and her Sikh father, Amar, arrive from their home in Canada.

The community believe Maya is a witch that will bring much harm to them.

The people were killed in a barbaric way, and the country ignored that it was happening. About Amy Amy Mathers has been passionate about reading from a very young age, and hopes others will share her enthusiasm for funding a teen book award. I would have to agree. Karma is an unusual book with an unusual format and it needs to be recommended in order to find its readers.

I always hate people killing people for no reason other than they are part of a group that the killers don’t like. Karma by Cathy Ostlere ostleee about a young girl of two worlds, two religions, and two names. Struggling with different religions isn’t easy for a young girl like Maya, but she later learns to accept who she is in life and goes by what her culture is required to do.

We tend to blame the immigrants but often it is also the fault of us Canadians. Garcia-Alvarez – LibraryThing Karma by Cathy Ostlere is about a young girl of two worlds, two religions, and two names.