Kashmira Sheth
Keeping Corner
February 20, 2019 Comments.. 199
Keeping Corner 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

  • Title: Keeping Corner
  • Author: Kashmira Sheth
  • ISBN: 9780786838608
  • Page: 220
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 oldBa 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

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    1. Judy says:

      I picked this book up looking for a glimpse into the Indian caste system. It was in the YA section of my library which I believe is incorrect. If this is a YA book, it is a young YA book as it reads more like an older child's book. However, none of that really matters because it was an excellent choice for my first learn-about-the-caste-system book. There is an nice look at the Brahmin caste. The story starts with Leela as a pre-teen engaged to be married to Ramanlal a boy she likes very much. A [...]

    2. Anna Ganey says:

      The concept of the book was fascinating, and I wish we could have heard stories from other widows. I found the multiple Hindi words per page slightly annoying. I get it, it's about Indian culture, but it was disruptive to constantly be looking back and forth from the glossary. As others have said, it is a slow book, but I enjoyed being inside Leela's head during this time. My favorite line in the book was: I wanted to ask Ba why sometimes I was treated like a child and other times I was expected [...]

    3. Stephany says:

      This book is about a girl named Leela who is living in Ghandi-era India. When Leela's husband dies, she is subjected to live the life of a widow, having to shave her head and "keep corner" in her house for a full year, even though she only is 12. Leela learns to appreciate the world around her and find the good in bad situations during her year of keeping corner, and she finds that sometimes tradtion needs to be broken so that new ideas can improve life.

    4. Monique says:

      Unlike money, knowledge increases many folds when you part with it” (pg. 170)“Don’t forget that sense arrives before beauty. God gives sense at sixteen and beauty at twenty for some reason.” (pg 65) So- took a foray into a new culture and one of our library’s more diverse books—an Indian novel set in 1918 about a thirteen-year old widow. So Leela our protagonist has been engaged since three and married since nine only she has not yet moved in with her betrothed. She lives at home wit [...]

    5. Crystal says:

      Crystal Hansen LS 583. Sheth, K. (2007). Keeping corner. New York: Hyperion Books for Children. Genre: Multicultural. Format: print book. Selected from: Cooperative Children's Book Center 30 Multicultural Books Every Teen Should Know. Highly Recommend Keeping Corner is set in India in the early twentieth century. It is the story of a twelve-year-old girl named Leelah, who is already married per the customs of the day. She still lives with her doting parents, but is anticipating a time in the nea [...]

    6. Sovotchka says:

      "Keeping Corner" tells the story of a child widow in India in Ghandis' time. Kashmira Sheth is brilliant in writing the point of view of a rather young person - her protagonist and storyteller Leela is not even 13, and yet the story feels real. No difficult words, no overlong sentences, and as a bonus for non-Indian readers short explanations of customs and traditions that go naturally with the text. The story itself is about Leela's year of mourning - called keeping corner - after the death of [...]

    7. Kiran Galsinh says:

      Leela, a twelve year old girl who lives in India, has grew up to be a very spoiled girl. She has never cared for school or the outside world. Leela got engaged when she was two and was married at the age of nine. She was supposed to be sent off to her in laws house but a few weeks before her husband Ramanlal dies of a snake bite. He leaves her to live the rest of her life as a widow. After shaving her silky hair and taking all her jewelry Leela has to keep corner for a year and not step out of t [...]

    8. Seher_E1 says:

      Keeping Corner by the amazing Kashmira Sheth really is an open door for outsiders to see what an amazing life of a young Indian girl is and how the life of an young Indian girl to turn in to a horrid devastating tale. This book really just made me think about how a beautiful blooming flower could lose all its petals and beauty and thats just the end of its life, no one cares about it and no one stops to admire it anymore. This is exactly what happened to twelve-year-old Leela. Pretty as a peacoc [...]

    9. Kim says:

      Keeping Corner is the story of a young girl in India who is betrothed at age 2, married at age 9, and before she goes to live with her husband (after her "anu") her husband is killed by a snake bite and she becomes a 12 year old widow. Widows in her caste are never allowed to marry again and are forced to live in the shadows of society. It is based on the life of the author's aunt and takes place in 1918. Keeping Corner is the ritual where a widow does not leave her home for a year after her hus [...]

    10. Pooja Dimba says:

      This book was very well written and amazingly pure. Leela a girl who was engaged when she was two, married when she was nine and widowed when she was thirteen, is a very brave girl who has lots of courage. Leela is forced to shave her head and give up all her pretty jewellery and clothes and keep away in a corner for a year. She is treated very badly, and when her principle from her old school comes and offers to educate her, her mother and father accept. She learns about how Gandhi is doing som [...]

    11. J.Elle says:

      Although fiction, the jacket said this was based on a true story. It was actually very compelling and a good account of what happens in Indian culture when a woman's husband dies. Unfortunately for the woman, she was actually a child and it was her fiance who died, but the rules and customs were the same. This book was intriguing.

    12. Wendy says:

      I really liked this book. It is about a young girl in India during some revolutionary times, with Ghandi and the war. It is a story about the struggle between tradition and change. Even though it is fiction, it really helped me learn more about Indian people and culture, a thing I know very little about. I recommend this book!

    13. sarafem says:

      It's only February and I have discovered several outstanding children's books this year, I feel very lucky. This is a wonderful introduction to Indian culture (the good, the bad, the beautiful, the ugly), the teachings of Gandhi, and women's rights. Really an inspiration to girls to better themselves. Another one up there with Stargirl.

    14. Valentina says:

      I love this book. It is very informational, however it tells you the life of a fictional character. This is the type of book that at first you might not like. However, after a few pages it gets really interesting. If you want to learn a little about Indian culture than this is the book for you.

    15. Jumana says:

      I thought this book was very interesting because I had a chance to learn someone elses culture. I also learned a few Hindi words. But other than that the book was really good.

    16. Littlecloud says:

      I read this book in 6th grade I was 11, and still am. Anyway, it's pretty good!

    17. Nandini Menon says:

      I really enjoyed this book. And, honestly, that was extremely surprising. With its underwhelming cover and weirdly-spaced text, I thought there was no way that I could ever enjoy this book. But, I needed some light reading and this is all that I had so I thought I should give it a shot and started to read.I was pleasantly surprised. With its rich and ripping narrative, Keeping Corner tells the tale of a twelve-year old girl named Leela. Destined to marry a boy she that she never really knew, Lee [...]

    18. Megan Vosk says:

      A quiet, but powerful tale about a women's struggle for basic rights and freedoms during turn of the century India. This is the tale of a child bride who finds herself cruelly widowed at the age of 13, a fate that normally resulted in a life of isolation and ostracism. Her quest for fair treatment under the circumstances is quite compelling. Teenage girls in our modern world of today will naturally find themselves comparing their lives with that of the main character. Feminism has come a long wa [...]

    19. Catherine says:

      I was not a huge fan of this book. It told a lot about Indian culture, but it was very slow. There were parts that were definitely stretched out longer than they needed to be. I think that new points of the story line should have been introduced earlier than they were. I did learn a lot about small villages in India, and what it is like to be a young widow. It is interesting to think there are young girls going through this in the present day world. Overall, I was not a fan of this book, and I w [...]

    20. Madison Tiner says:

      I loved how this story taught you to appreciate things in life whether you asked for them or not. It takes place in a historical time period where people wanted to be free of others control and rules, including the main character, where she was forced to do many things she didn't agree with. The story also teaches you to appreciate what you a have and to not take it for granted.

    21. Rose says:

      Wonderfully written, the author brings the sites and smells of India to life. What I loved most about her descriptions was she used the colors and flavors of India to describe everything. And she described the food in ways that you could almost taste it. The story was captivating but her writing is poetic.

    22. Lin Lei says:

      This book is very interesting as it is set in the 1920s,when the Brittish colonized India,in a small town where traditions and beliefs are taken too seriously,It's really good and I would recommend it to people who want to read a book about a different lifestyle.

    23. Mark Bratkowski says:

      I liked the protagonist's struggle against culture and tradition. She is forced to live the barren life of a widow due to custom and societal expectation. Frequent mention of Gandhi and his nonviolent protest is an interesting parallel that illuminates the struggle of a woman living in Indian society during the end of the first World War. However, this was one that didn't "check all the boxes" for me. The main actions, protests in Indian cities; Gandhi's Satyagrah; etc. seemed to be happening "a [...]

    24. Lucy Potter says:

      Great book, gives you a very different perspective on things.

    25. Laura says:

      I didn't realize that this was written by the same author as Blue Jasmine, but I should have because the metatheme is the same: old traditions are not always best, and change is modern and good.Here, Leela is a young wife - so young, in fact, that she hasn't yet left her parent's home (nor has she really spent any time with her husband). She's in school, waiting for her anu (the ceremony where she'll leave home and join her in-law's household), and just starting to notice and have feelings for h [...]

    26. Bookworm1858 says:

      Keeping Corner by Kashmira ShethHyperion, 2007272 pagesYA; Historical3.5/5 starsSource: LibraryRead for Book Battle; I was really excited to see that this was about India and it had some cool intersections with the discussions of my class about Indian literature.Leela is a very spoiled twelve-year old who is about to have her anu, the ceremony that will have her go live with her husband and his family. Before that can happen though, he dies, making her a child-widow who must remain inside for a [...]

    27. Heather says:

      Keeping Corner is about a young girl, Leela, who lives in India in the 1940’s. Leela’s family arranged her marriage; she was engaged when she was two and married when she was nine. This was not uncommon in this culture and she is not expected to move in with her husband until she is 13. Anyway, in the story, Leela is now 12 and she is actually quite happy with her marriage, surprisingly enough. She likes her mother in law and has a cute, young husband. She is not overly distressed about leav [...]

    28. Barb Novak says:

      Set in rural India in 1918, The Keeping Corner tells the story of Leela’s twelfth year. As part of the privileged Brahmin caste, Leela’s life is filled with jewelry, celebrations, and pampering. This all changes when the boy she is promised to in an arranged marriage dies. Ramanlal’s death makes Leela a widow; despite her young age, Leela must adhere to Brahmin traditions for widows. Leela must “keep corner” to honor Ramanlal’s memory which includes not wearing jewelry, replacing her [...]

    29. Lana Del Slay says:

      NUTSHELL: Sheth immerses the reader in the world of late colonial-era India, and the best part? It's based on the life of her great-aunt. This earns a solid 9 from me.Late when now? [sigh] Gandhi's getting his satyagraha movement together, and that's a considerable part of the characters' world. So, this great-aunt Our protagonist is Leela, who has been engaged since the age of two. Contrary to many portrayals of arranged marriages, Leela is genuinely looking forward to the day when she can join [...]

    30. Carol says:

      I loved "Keeping Corner" by Kashmira Sheth. The only thing that kept it from getting a 5 rating was that it was a little flat emotionally. But the author really gets the voice of a twelve year old girl down pat. This is a fictional story that was inspired by the aunt’s life as a widow.There are contrasts between Leela's life before and after she had to keep corner. Her mother, Ba loved her so much and indulged her in buying bangles and sweets more than her other relatives thought were necessar [...]

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