Leela is a thirteen-year old girl living in India in the 1940’s. Her family is wealthy and of the highest social cast, so Leela lives a life of luxury compared to the many thousands of poor people in her country. When she was nine years old, she was married to a boy in her village and will one day go and live with him and his parents. But for now, she remains at home with her own mother and father, dreaming of the joys ahead.
One day, Leela’s young husband is bitten by a poisonous snake and dies. Now Leela, who has never spent even a single minute alone with her husband, is a widow. According to Brahman tradition, she must shave her head, wear only the simplest clothing, and stay in the house for a full year after her husband’s death. She can no longer attend school. For the rest of her life, she must remain in mourning. She’s forbidden from ever marrying again.
Keeping Corner is the story of Leela’s first year of widowhood. Is her life really ruined? Or can she possibly find purpose and happiness in the face of such tragedy?