Keeping Corner

Keeping Corner

by Kashmira Sheth

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Keeping Corner by Kashmira Sheth

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?"

"It doesn't."


Pretty as a peacock, twelve-year-old Leela had been spoiled all her life. She doesn't care for school and barely marks the growing unrest between the British colonists and her own countrymen. Why should she? Her future has been planned since her engagement at two and marriage at nine.

Leela's whole life changes, though, when her husband dies. She's now expected to behave like a proper widow: shaving her head and trading her jewel-toned saris for rough, earth-colored ones. Leela is considered unlucky now, and will have to stay confined to her house for a year-keep corner-in preparation for a life of mourning for a boy she barely knew.

When her schoolteacher hears of her fate, she offers Leela lessons at home. For the first time, despite her confinement, Leela opens her eyes to the changing world around her. India is suffering from a severe drought, and farmers are unable to pay taxes to the British. She learns about a new leader of the people, a man named Gandhi, who starts a political movement and practices satyagraha-non-violent protest against the colonists as well as the caste system. The quiet strength ofsatyagraha may liberate her country. Could she use the same path to liberate herself?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786838608
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication date: 03/17/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 318,834
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 2.30(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Kashmira Sheth was inspired to write her first novel, Blue Jasmine, by her own experiences as a teenager who moved from India to the United States. The book went on to win an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award. Kashmira is also the author of the young adult book, Koyal Dark, Mango Sweet. Kashmira lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her family.

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Keeping Corner 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for anyone interested in India, Gandhi, or women's rights anywhere in the world. Leela is strong character who is determined to stand up for herself against society's pressures to stay out of sight. Sheth skillfully weaves India's struggle for independence into Leela's personal struggle for freedom. An excellent book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good enough story to make me thankful I grew up in America in a time when a 12 year old is still a kid. However, I thought it ended a bit abruptly.
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