Kashmir! Kashmir! is an assortment of 9 mesmerising short stories from the varying perspectives of young teenagers living in Kashmir penned down by Deepa Agarwal.
Meera unfortunately and obviously had no say in this misogynistic practice of forced child marriage and abides by the orders that she had been given. She moves in with her in-laws and husband at the tender age of thirteen.
Abbakka is your typical warrior princess in training, a skilled archer, fierce, courageous, witty and embodies an easily likeable character as the protagonist. A girl thirsty for any sort of adventure as she sets out into dangerous missions to track down spies in her seas. She accompanies her mother whom she has a strong bond with in stopping the firangis (Portuguese) from capturing their precious pepper crop.
Ahimsa by the author Supriya Kelkar is about India’s fight for Independence through the eyes of a ten year old girl, Anjali. The story revolves around Anjali’s life when her mum joined the ‘Quit India’ movement. The drastic changes in her life, the risks her parents took along with the people who were part of the movement, the peer pressure she experienced from her classmates because her parents were part of the movement and also because she treated the ‘untouchables’ like a normal human being.