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The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters: Sometimes You Have to Leave Home to Find Your Roots

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  3,884 ratings  ·  627 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
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Published April 30th 2019 by Blackstone Pub
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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 list of
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
Nilufer Ozmekik
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
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
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
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
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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 (
Kate ☀️ Olson
(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.
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
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
|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
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
Jason Lundberg
I’m naturally biased towards liking this novel — Balli is a good friend, and I’m the editor of her Singaporean titles — but even so, I *loved* it. The relationship between these three sisters felt so real, and their voyage through India as part of their mother’s deathbed request was so evocative of the beautiful chaos of that country that it was like I was there with them. Balli just keeps getting better and better with each book. Wonderful.
Elizabeth A
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, audio
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
Carol (Reading Ladies)
To honor their mother’s dying wish, three Punjabi sisters travel to India on a pilgrimage to visit sacred places that are special to Mom and to scatter her ashes. Told from the three perspectives of three very different sisters, The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters explores sibling relationships, modern vs traditional roles of women, secrets, and the importance of family.

My first reaction after turning the last page was “I really like this story!” Even before I begin an analysis, the

A journey undertaken by the British Punjabi sisters Rajni, Jezmeen, and Shirnia to scatter their mothers ashes in India becomes a pilgrimage towards love, understanding and acceptance, and a reworking of the bond that threads sisters together.
Three Sikh sisters reunite to meet their mother last request and in doing so uncover so much more.
A stunning story of family, that also uncovers practices and prevalent attitudes towards women, touching on inheritance, the bias against female babie
Simran Sharma (Craartology)
Balli Kaur Jaswal's latest book is about three sisters Rajni, Jezmeen and Shirina. The Shergill sisters don't get along well and are on a pilgrimage to fulfill their deceased mother's last wishes. Their pilgrimage to India is nothing less than a rollercoaster ride as each sister battles with her inner demons while trying to get along and make the trip happen the way it's planned.
The reader travels to Delhi, Amritsar, Chandigarh along with London and glimpses of Melbourne with the real, flawed a
May 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I really loved the author's last book, Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows, and was really looking forward to this one. This is a family drama, with comedic moments throughout, tackling some pretty heavy topics. While I did enjoy, my biggest gripe is that I feel the title is a bit misleading. The mention of adventure when compared to books with a similar title suggests, to me, comedic mishaps and quirky characters. In reality, this was a lot darker. I've always hated reviews that state someone did ...more
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The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters by Balli Kaur Jaswal

Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Disclaimer: The amazing humans at HarperCollins Canada were kind enough to send me an arc of The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions below are my own.

“There’s no greater show of love and faith than traveling a long distance for somebody.”

I adored this book so much! It was so clearly written for Indian women, and the cultural details that Jaswal added in, made my little brown butt so happy!

This story starts with hea
Blodeuedd Finland
May 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, audiobook
Always when I read something about travel in India it is always so exotic, filled with foods and no dangers at all. But this other shows the side that I always read about in the news. The latest story I read about this child was so horrifying that I wanted to cry.

The sisters are told to dress modestly, not to walk alone and still they all fear at times. Men in groups, leering, brushing up against them. It is that dark side of India, and they do come across a women's movement too. They try to fig
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
Gigi H
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-best-reads
Balli Kaur Jaswal is such a talented storyteller and has managed to write yet another captivating and memorable story. One that is deeply rooted in traditions, culture and sisterhood.

If you enjoyed Erotic Stories For Punjabi Widows, you will definitely enjoy this one and I highly recommend adding it to your TBR. 🙂
The title indicates a light-hearted romp with sisters, while the sisters part is accurate the story itself is a bit more dark than originally expected. Not super dark mind you, but definitely more serious. Three estranged sisters are heading to India to dispose of their mother's remains. It was her last wish that they take a very specific trip in an effort for them to get back in touch with their roots and to reconnect with each other. Through the course of the book they work through their issue ...more
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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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