From the opening Sanskrit mantra to the final act of voting in South Africa's first democratic elections, this lyrical memoir provides a unique perspective on South Africa's modern history. The account shows how a young Hindu woman of Indian ancestry, living in South Africa in the 1940s, defied convention, married a Muslim man, and became an activist at time when Muslim women were seldom seen in such a role. As a teacher, she spoke up during the political strife of that highly segregated era, which included the relocation of Indians and angry student boycotts, and here shares her philosophies and insights into education. Filled with characters from both a personal and national context, the memoir captures the nuances of an important time and place.
Real African Publishers; April 2009
- ISBN 9780987034816
- Read online, or download in secure PDF or secure EPUB format
- Title: Classrooms in the Shade
- Author: Shanthee Manjoo
Imprint: Real African Publishers
In The Press
"It is my honour to recommend this book." —Fatima Meer, fellow, London School of Economics, and author, Higher Than Hope
About The Author
Shanthee Manjoo is a retired teacher with more than 40 years of experience.