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The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  8,224 ratings  ·  1,173 reviews
The author of the Reese Witherspoon Book Club selection Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows follows her acclaimed America debut with this life-affirming, witty family drama—an Indian This Is Where I Leave You—about three Punjabi sisters embarking on a pilgrimage to their homeland to lay their mother to rest.

The British-born Punjabi Shergill sisters—Rajni, Jezmeen, and Shirin
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published April 30th 2019 by William Morrow
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"I also want you to experience the familiararity of our ancestrial state. You girls are British, yes. But all the generations of our family before you lived in India. It is in your blood. The language, the food, the way things are. These things are not erased just because you grew up elsewhere."
Sisters: Rajni, Jezmeen, and Shirina have been tasked with completing a week pilgrimage to India on behalf of their mother who deeply wanted to go when she was alive. Their mother organized a
Nilufer Ozmekik
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: maybe
Five amazing sisterhood of the traveling in saris stars ! Nameste! I found a real gem! A sweet, inspirational, heartwarming book !

I loved this kind of book no matter what’s your gender, nationality, religion, culture, race you have, it embraces you tightly and make you feel deeply for the characters! It doesn’t only serve to your mind, it does also feed your soul and empower your spirit.

Three sisters with different perspectives, life choices and characteristic qualities who barely stand each ot
beautifully told this story was bursting with culture, family dynamics, and love!

Balli Kuar Jaswal completely captivated me with this engaging story about these three dynamic sisters. I felt as though I was wisked away to India along with the Shergill Sisters. Jaswal’s writing is so descriptive, she made the characters and the setting pop off the pages. Seriously when I was done with this book I felt as though I knew these characters and had been on this pilgrimage with them. Some books you re
Gotta DNF this one. It's just boring. I'm a number of hours into it and it's just a lot of petty squabbling with the sisters. I just don't care to read anymore (or listen). I loved this authors last book, but this one isn't for me. And sticking to my rule....don't read books you have no interest in anymore.
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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Here's the story of a lovely lady. Who was bringing up three very lovely girls . . . .

Sadly, said mother is on her deathbed and this story focuses on her final wish – for her three daughters to make a pilgrimage to India with her ashes. A strict itinerary is to be followed and it matters not that Rajni, Jezmeen and Shirina have little in common – they are to follow orders. Which they do . . . sorta . . . . while dealing with thei
I loved a previous novel by this author so I knew I wanted to read this one for sure! Plus, I absolutely love the cover and the title. The three Shergill sisters were never very close and are polar opposites (they remind me a lot of me and my sister). However, they come together to fulfill their Mother's last wish before she passes away by returning to India to carry out her final rites.

I did enjoy the multiple POVs from each of the sisters. They are all very well developed characters with their
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters is the fourth novel by Singapore-born author, Balli Kaur Jaswal. Not long before she died in November, Sita Kaur Shergill set out her wishes for the pilgrimage her daughters were to make to India in her name: a mix of tourism, sentimental and spiritual destinations and activities. Eight months later, Bajni, Jezmeen and Shirina arrive in Delhi.

None of them really wants to be there. Rajni, the eldest (and therefore, most responsible) would much rath
Resh (The Book Satchel)
Loved it. Rating : 4.5 stars

I expected something along the lines of Erotic stories for Punjabi widows. But this was gold. It captures the not-so-close sisters who are on a pilgrimage to fulfill their mother's death bed wish.
The scenes of the British sisters adapting to the land of their parents had both hilarious and thoughtful moments. Old grudges and secrets surface and there are talks about sex, wife swapping Punjabi couples, young man-older woman trope, detective trailing of prospective brid
Anna Luce
★★★✰✰ 3 stars

An absorbing start gives way to an increasingly frustrating reiteration of the same arguments which provided little character development.

“Grief came to her like a series of aftershocks—every time she thought she had moved on, something new reminded her of Mum.”

The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters started well enough. We are introduced to three sisters who are leading different lives and are not particularly close to one another. There is the serious older sister Rajni (
After reading Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows and really enjoying it, I was so excited to receive the ARC for this one. This book turned out to be quite different from what I was expecting but it was nevertheless, a very interesting read.

Rajni is the eldest sister, a school principal who likes rules and everything to be in an orderly fashion. However, she was not always like this and things that happened in her past completely changed her attitude and now when things are again uncertain in her
Mansi Mudgal
I loved the author’s Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows, so when this one came out and I heard the great reviews everywhere it got me all excited.
The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sister is a story of three sisters who aren’t on good terms with each other but to fulfill their mother’s dying wish return to India.

The book started off great, the three sisters share a difficult relationship with their mother and amongst themselves. The Mother’s subsequent passing and the journey to India sets a
Maria Hill AKA MH Books
Well, I loved Balli Kaur Jaswal's Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows and so I was always going to read this and I have to say that I loved it just as much as the previous novel.

Both books deal with the problems faced first-generation British Punjabi women, issues of cultural identity (being both English and Punjab), and the inherent and sometimes dangerous problems of women belonging to such a Patriarchal community.

Balli Kaur has dealt with some darker issues here, (view spoiler)
Kris - My Novelesque Life
2019; William Morrow/HarperCollins Canada

When Balli Kaur Jaswal's breakout hit Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows was being read by anyone, I sniffed at it. I am not good at hyped popular books. I almost go in challenging the book by having high expectations. Sometimes I know it is better to just not read it till the hype dies down. I then saw that Jaswal had a new novel out and I could not help myself and requested it. I put it off for a month and then decided to dive in and see w
I loved this story about three sisters and their fractious, discordant relationships, which are on full display during their trip to India after their mother's death.
Before dying, the sisters' mother insisted her daughters make a pilgrimage in India for her, planning out their itinerary. Each sister only very reluctantly agrees to this trip, partially because of their feelings towards each other, and partially because of how their own lives are progressing, or not.
Each woman has secrets she's a
Iryna *Book and Sword*
To say that I wasn't expecting to love this as much as I did is an understatement! From the very first pages, I knew that this would be the one. The IT book, the perfect summer read, a powerful feministic punch to the face. Yes, yes and yes!

I liked Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows alright, but it lacked something for me, so I was a bit apprehensive going into this. But, I needn't have worried.

The three sisters from the story are as different as it gets: a rebel, a very by-the-book and one tha
mindful.librarian ☀️
(free review copy) Travel + sisters + some secrets to unravel = a captivating and heartwarming story! I loved Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows and enjoyed this one just as much.
Not gonna lie, this book gave me chills. Especially (view spoiler). RTC ...more
Padmaja (thebookishtales)
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was an adventure in itself. I liked it, but didn't love it. Read on to know why.
Rajni, Jezmeen and Shirina are three sisters who embark on a pilgrimage to India, because of their mother's last wish, to reconnect and rediscover their roots. Their mother expresses this wish in form of a letter, which also mentions the places they should go and what they should do.
The book started off well, with each sister carrying her own baggage of secrets and secretly wishing the trip to end as they
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Not exactly the kind of novel I usually read. So, for what it's worth I had to do a fast read on this one. Fortunately, the story was well written and fairly easy to comprehend.
I loaned the book out to a female and she felt the same way. So, a rating of a 4 is justified.
I did win this book thru and thankful for that.
Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore
My thanks to Harper Collins UK and NetGalley for a review copy of this one.

This is, as the title suggests, the story of the Shergill sisters—Rajini, Jezmeen, and Shirina, who while not quite at loggerheads have drifted apart with time. Each is dealing with their own life problems—Rajini’s son is about to opt out of college and marry a woman twice his age, Jezmeen’s career is going only one way—downwards, and Shirina’s marriage is not turning out quite as she thought it would be—and not really aw
Chitra Ahanthem
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This will make you chuckle and nod away in agreement: the way the main characters are at odds with one another with their load of baggage(s)weighing them down while they put on a veneer of coldness, false bravery and what have you. The writing never flags as the author draws readers into a narrative that puts family ties and tensions in the fore, even as the backdrop looks a bit maudlin at first glance: a mother writing her express last wishes for her three daughters to follow. Enter the three S ...more
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Thank you William Morrow for the free copy. The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters has been sitting on my unread shelf since last summer. It was a fascinating introduction to the modern Sikh Indian diaspora and dealt with some heavy issues. But the story was balanced out with hilarious sister dynamics as the three women travel to India after their mother dies. I loved the slightly dysfunctional family and happy ending (because let’s be honest, everything I read right now has that).
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm a sucker for good sibling-dynamic stories and this got me right in the feels, folks.
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-fiction
Right before Sita passes away, she writes a final letter to her daughters, Rajni, Jezmeen, and Shirina. The letter contains her final request: take the pilgrimage to India that she was unable to take herself. Her letter includes specific places she wants them to visit and tasks she wants them to complete. Along the way, she hopes that they will learn something about their mother while bonding with one another. Unfortunately, the three sisters are not close and they each view the trip as inconven ...more
While on her deathbed, Sita asks her three daughters, Rajni, Jezmeen, and Shirina, to make a pilgrimage to India together in order to honor her memory and scatter her ashes.

"There's no greater show of love and faith than traveling a long distance for somebody."

The sisters are busy with their own lives and not close, either spiritually or geographically, but still agree to make the trip together. While there, however, their agendas and interests differ, and they disagree about how closely they s
Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)
See more of my book reviews on my blog, Literary Flits

I had such a good time reading The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters, The three sisters are very different, yet believably so, and I could appreciate their somewhat fraught relationships. This is a novel about building friendships which seems very apt in today's angry world! Having recently read Soulla Christodoulou's story, Unlocked, also set in India, I was interested to see how the Shergill sisters view of this country was colour
Elizabeth A
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, 2019
Book blurb: The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters is a female take on the Indian travel narrative. "I was curious about how different the trip would be if it were undertaken by women, who are vulnerable to different dangers in a male-dominated society," Balli Kaur Jaswal writes. "I also wanted to explore the tensions between tradition and modernity in immigrant communities, and particularly how those tensions play out among women like these sisters, who are the first generation to be r ...more
Mridula Gupta
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
|4.5 stars|

Sometimes we come across a book that feels like a journey in itself. This is one such story. By the end of the book, the Shergill sisters felt like people I have always known. They felt real and all the 'adventures' they were a part of, I found myself alongside them.
Rajni, Jezmeen and Shirina, the three sisters who are poles apart by nature and have different kinds of crisis to deal with, are brought together by their mother. Their mother, while lying on her deathbed had one wish- th
Barb Martin
May 12, 2019 rated it liked it
The throbbing vegetables that played such an unforgettable role in Balli Kaur Jaswal's "Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows" don't have an encore in her second novel. Instead, we get a moving story about three estranged sisters fulfilling their mother's dying wish by traveling to India for a spiritual awakening and to scatter her ashes.

Things don't go as planned. Each of the sisters has a secret. Each carries the emotional baggage of growing up with a harried and superstitious mother after the sud
Jul 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: just-fun, book-club
Book club selection for July 2019.

Not a bad read, but I didn't love it. I got a bit tired of the sisters' bickering, though I understand it was necessary in order for the ending to be satisfying. The author drags out the mystery of the oldest sister's previous trip to India with the mom WAY too long. I also thought it was odd how basically unappealing the author makes India - while her descriptions are vivid, so is the sense that India is dirty, dangerous, and anywhere you want to go is overcro
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Balli Kaur Jaswal's latest novel is The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters (Harper Collins/William Morrow). Her previous novels include Inheritance, which won the Sydney Morning Herald’s Best Young Australian Novelist Award, and Sugarbread, a finalist for the Epigram Books Fiction Prize and the Singapore Literature Prize. Her third novel Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows was translated in ...more

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