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The Mistress of Spices by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
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Apr 04, 2011

really liked it
Read from April 04 to 06, 2011

The Mistress of Spices drew me deep into its story with fascinating insights into the power of spices and the power knowledge wields. With descriptions so rich, it was easy to weave pictures of the characters. The story, while portraying an overwhelmingly stereotypical view of Indians, was poignantly beautiful in its depiction of a rebellious heart at once feeling for others and yet wanting to taste just that tiny bit of a forbidden life. For all the magic that it created in the beginning, the ending was disappointingly abrupt and unfinished, like it was in a rush to tie up loose ends.

Still, I'll never look at spices the same way again.

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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
“She lifts a bowl of kheer and her thoughts, flittering like dusty sparrows in a brown back alley, turn a sudden kingfisher blue.”
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, The Mistress of Spices

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