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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Hello, I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your time and commitment to reading and reviewing Karma.

I’m not familiar with your site and I was just delighted to see the scope and breadth of the books. Of course, I am delighted that you found Karma captured the real terror and chaos of that historical time ost,ere that Sandeep was humorous and honourable.

I will confess that I agonized long over Sandeep’s character.

Anyway, I couldn’t be more pleased with the space you gave to Karma particularly showing how the poems cover the page. Karma is an unusual book with an unusual format and it needs to be recommended in order to find its readers. You have done exactly that for me.


And I thank you. Hi Cathy I’ve added your novel to our library’s identity booklist which is used for the Grade 9 English class. I was very touched by the circumstances of Mata’s suicide.

As a Canadian whose ancestry is that of one of the founding countries istlere Canada French I felt it was very realistic how an Indian immigrant might feel completely isolated upon coming to Canada. We tend to blame the immigrants but often it is also the fault of us Canadians. We don’t reach out to newcomers here as much as we should.

Karma by Cathy Ostlere

Wednesday, May 4, Karma by Cathy Ostlere. Karma is telling of an Indian tragedy, both personal and national.

Jiva, a fifteen year old half-Hindu, ostlfre lives in Elsinore Manitoba. She is the only child of Amar Bapua Sikh and Leela, a Hindu, born July 20,the exact date and time man walked on the moon.

Odtlere ago, Jiva’s parents, Bapu and Leela, met and fell in love back in India. They both married against the wishes of their families. Bapu’s family requested that their son force Leela to become a Sikh, while Leela’s family disowned her.

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To escape the pressure from their families and to have a life together they emigrated to Canada. Jiva is their only daughter.


However, things do not go well in Elsinore. They are the only non-Christians and are very isolated. This is especially difficult for Jiva’s mother whom she calls Mata.

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To escape her loneliness and increasing depression Leela plays piano for hours on end. Leela begs Bapu to take her back to India. But Jiva’s father who runs Jack’s Mechanic Shop refuses telling her that his mother will treat her badly and that in Canada they are free to be who they want to be. But we’re not meant to live so alone. Perhaps even hatred is better than this isolation, Amar.

Hatred is a form of isolation, Leela. Look around at this country. These deep blue skies. There’s peace all over this land. No blood in the soil to stain our lives.

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