NEW VISIONS AWARD WINNER! Can one girl make a difference in the destiny of a nation? It is 1942 and 10-year-old Anjali's mother has joined India's freedom struggle. Anjali gets unwillingly involved in the turmoil. She has to give up her biases against the Dalit community, or the so-called untouchables, and sacrifice her foreign-made clothes for khadi. When her world turns upside down, will Anjali be able to overcome her internal struggles and summon the courage needed to complete her mother's social reform work? Inspired by her great-grandmother's experience working with Gandhi, Supriya Kelkar brings to life the stories of the unsung heroes of India's War of Independence. "A simple and yet compelling story about love and tolerance ... Read out Ahimsa to your children. It's an important lesson delivered through a delightful story." - Vidhu Vinod Chopra (Director - 1942: A love Story and Eklavya: The Royal Guard) "A poignant look at India's Independence through the eyes of a ten-year-old, Ahimsa is a well crafted tale of resistance." - Rajkumar Hirani (Director - 3 Idiots, PK and Lage Raho Munna Bhai)
Born and raised in the Midwest, Supriya Kelkar learned Hindi as a child by watching three Bollywood films a week. Now she works in the film industry as a Bollywood screenwriter. She has credits on one Hollywood film and several Hindi films. Ahimsa, inspired by her great-grandmother's role in the Indian freedom movement, is her debut middle grade novel.