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Sister of My Heart ➥ [Epub] ➟ Sister of My Heart By Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni ➯ – From the award winning author of Mistress of Spices the bestselling novel about the extraordinary bond between two women and the family secrets and romantic jealousies that threaten to tear them apart From the award winning author of Mistress of Spices the bestselling novel about the extraordinary bond between Sister of PDF or two women and the family secrets and romantic jealousies that threaten to tear them apartAnju is the daughter of an upper caste Calcutta family of distinction Her cousin Sudha is the daughter of the black sheep of that same family Sudha is startlingly beautiful; Anju is not Despite those differences since the day on which the two girls were born the same day their fathers died mysteriously and violently Sudha and Anju have been sisters of the heart Bonded in ways even their mothers cannot comprehend the two girls grow into womanhood as if their fates as well as their hearts were mergedBut when Sudha learns a dark family secret that connection is shattered For the first time in their lives the girls know what it is to feel suspicion and distrust Urged into arranged marriages Sudha and Anju's lives take opposite turns Sudha becomes the dutiful daughter in law of a rigid small town household Anju goes to America with her new husband and learns to live her own life of secrets When tragedy strikes each of them however they discover that despite distance and marriage they have only each other to turn to Set in the two worlds of San Francisco and India this exceptionally moving novel tells a story at once familiar and exotic seducing readers from the first page with the lush prose we have come to expect from Divakaruni Sister of My Heart is a novel destined to become as widely beloved as it is acclaimed From the Trade Paperback edition.

About the Author: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Her newest novel is Before We Visit the Goddess about generations of women grandmother mother and Sister of PDF or daughter who each examine the uestion what does it mean to be a successful woman Simon SchusterShe was born in India and lived there until at which point she left Calcutta and came to the United States She continued her education in the field of English by receiving a Master’s degree from Wright State University in Dayton Ohio and a PhD from the University of California BerkeleyTo earn money for her education she held many odd jobs including babysitting selling merchandise in an Indian boutiue slicing bread in a bakery and washing instruments in a science lab At Berkeley she lived in the International House and worked in the dining hall She briefly lived in Illinois and Ohio but has spent much of her life in Northern California which she often writes about She now lives in Texas which has found its way into her upcoming book Before We Visit the GoddessChitra currently teaches in the nationally ranked Creative Writing program at the Univ of Houston She serves on the Advisory board of Maitri in the San Francisco Bay Area and Daya in Houston Both these are organizations that help South Asian or South Asian American women who find themselves in abusive or domestic violence situations She is also closely involved with Pratham an organization that helps educate children especially those living in urban slums in IndiaShe has judged several prestigious awards such as the National Book Award and the PEN Faulkner AwardTwo of her books The Mistress of Spices and Sister of My Heart have been made into movies by filmmakers Gurinder Chadha and Paul Berges an English film and Suhasini Mani Ratnam a Tamil TV serial respectively Her novels One Amazing Thing and Palace of Illusions have currently been optioned for movies Her book Arranged Marriage has been made into a play and performed in the US and upcoming May in Canada River of Light an opera about an Indian woman in a bi cultural marriage for which she wrote the libretto has been performed in Texas and California She lives in Houston with her husband Murthy She has two sons Anand and Abhay whose names she has used in her children’s novelsChitra loves to connect with readers on her Facebook author page.

10 thoughts on “Sister of My Heart

  1. Nadiah Nadiah says:

    Reading this novel is like letting your heart be the passenger of the wildest roller coaster And for me roller coaster is frustratingSo yes I was frustrated reading this beautiful novelIt is full of secrets revealed one by one within the chapters When the secret was out I felt like leaving the book on the table It was too hard to keep up withBut I couldn'tSo I kept on reading until the last page It was just too beautiful to leave behindThe characters Anju and Sudha are the roots of complexity of the story Derived from what Sudha's father did their relationship becomes complicated and beautiful at the same timeI don't like Anju And I don't like Sudha either I wish Anju would stop thinking only about herself or at least of what she thinks is right And I wish Sudha wants to think only about herselfJust like other Divakaruni's stories the ending doesn't seem to be like an end Especially since those two characters are reunited in The Vine of Desire another novel by Divakaruni I've got it on my bookshelves But I'm not ready to read it yet Maybe in another one month after all the pain from Sister of My Heart disappearsI suggest that this book should not be read while you are on PMSDIt took me than 3 weeks to write this review down after I finished reading it Just too painful But again it's so beautifully written I couldn't just keep it for myself

  2. Deb Deb says:

    I have very few books that I have rated 5 stars A 5 is reserved for the best of the best for me Books that I look forward to carving out time to read books that I think about when I'm not reading them My review won't do this fine little book justice The writing was amazing the story was engaging the characters were real there was emotion joy sadness heartbreak wonder hatred AND there is a seuel Maybe this is why I rate it so highly? I can't wait to curl up with these characters again in the next book that promises to pick up where this one left off This book reminded me of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See so if you liked that book you will love this one

  3. Diane S ☔ Diane S ☔ says:

    35 The first thing I noticed when reading this novel was how the prose was so descriptive flowery almost it just flowed so easily Two young girls raised as sisters always together as closer as two can be when their lives are derailed as secret is revealed This secret will pull the girls apart and send them on different pathsThere are many secrets to come and each one revealed changes the course of a life I am not sure how I felt about these girls I don't think I fully liked either one but I did find them intriguing Wished one thought of herself one a little less but I did embrace the bond they shared Apparently the girls appear again in a later novel by this author which explains the ending that really did not seem like one A good book about the meaning of family the detrimental effects of secrets and the taste and smells of India

  4. Pankaj Giri Pankaj Giri says:

    Finally I finished this gem of a novel today But as I trod the final steps of this illuminating journey I felt a pang of sadness But then a thought struck me You can read it again stupid I came to know about Chitra Banerjee Divakurani ma'am in a Goodreads group I went through her books and found 'Sister of My Heart' tugging at my hungry mind I relented As I plunged into the novel within the first few pages I knew—this was going to be a wonderful readBefore I knew it I found myself immersed in the story The characterization is extraordinary Both Sudha and Anju are dipped in shades of grey They make mistakes they learn they apologize they show kindness they exhibit selflessness they get jealous —a plethora of traits The author has weaved the characters with multiple threads of emotions creating delectable personalities But after all its reality—humans are complex creaturesNow let me come to the language Well let me just summarize my opinion with a single statement When I read 'The Kite Runner' I realized what lucid poetic writing is but when I read this book I understood the extent of the beauty such prose could conjure I was left reeling as a relentless barrage of delicious sentences assaulted me like an army of chocolates In almost every page I had to take a breather—saying wow inwardly—to shield myself from the lingering shock of delightful amazement The exuisite usage of similes the literary magnificence the short yet sugary sentences had me on my literal knees in obeisance to the mistress of prose Chitra Banerjee Divakurani I have developed a habit of noting down poetic statements in my note app for self improvement Well this divine book exhausted three Google Keep notes Reading this book has been one of the best things I have done in my short life at least just for the proseEven the story reeks of brilliance The plot is layered with amazing intricacy and evolves beautifully as the novel progresses Mainly it is driven by the characters and the problems and revelations they encounter on the way The dialogues are drenched in startling realism and on several instances sweep you off your feet But the narration is strange Although it's linear its not scene by scene like I prefer Summarization of past events overshadows the story on occasions This results in a little telling than showing which I've read is considered better but the magic of the prose casts an invisible veil over your senses luring you forward like a lover behind a dame The reflections of the characters oozes of beauty the magically relevant metaphors mesmerizing you like a spell Secrets act like sledgehammers slamming against you with sudden brutality knocking you breathless I was riveted to the story from the beginning to the endBut the only minor snag I felt was although the novel intrigued me throughout and pushed me on the verge of crying on some occasions it was never successful in reducing me to tears like 'The Kite Runner'Nevertheless this is a must read for all aspiring writers those who want to write a uality book Those who wish to pen mindless cheesy romantic books won't be able to appreciate its magnificence though But Chitra ma'am is a role model for me 49 stars to this literary masterpiece by the most skillful writer I have encountered till now by a long way

  5. Laura Laura says:

    While this isn’t as mystical as Mistress of Spices it’s as enchantingly and compellingly told Two cousins in Calcutta are born prematurely into a household of women on the same day as their fathers die Their lives are woven together like gold and silver threads providing strength and contrast to each other as they grow together — and apart — through years cultures and arranged marriages There are secrets dramas andbest of allsecret dramas I loved the complicated relationship between the two cousins as well as the depiction of a culture so different from my own

  6. Ajay Pradhan Ajay Pradhan says:

    This is a late review The book was published eleven years ago in 1999 by Doubleday Yet I hadn’t heard of the author until this month even though I have seen the movie “Mistress of Spices” based on her novel by the same title After reading the book I read a number of reviews of the novel I wanted to see what other readers critics and reviewers thought of the novel especially the author’s style Most reviews I read gave positive review of the novel and extolled the author’s gift of writing But I didn’t find in those reviews what I was looking for—her style and the beautiful employment of fiction metaphors and similes Therefore I decided to write this reviewThe story is about two young women Anju and Sudha who are cousins who grow up together and who are born on the same day the day both of their fathers die in suspicious circumstances in the predator infested thick mangrove jungles of the Sundarbans Despite the element of mystery and curiosity about the death of the fathers this is not a mystery novel It’s not a genre or popular fiction It’s far from being a commercial fiction The circumstances of the girls’ fathers’ death therefore is not the main line of the story but only a critical foundation which thrusts the two girls to a lifetime of bonding as it does their mothers Gouri Ma and Aunt N and an aunt Pishi who all live in the same house as a close knit family With fathers dead and no other male members in the family the upper class Calcutta family of three women and two girls forms the central unit of the story The story is about the relationship and bonding between Anju and Sudha whose love and affection for each other is full of selfless sacrifice open truthfulness mutual dependence cathartic devotion and at times with slight jealousy The author adeptly traces the story of the two young women from their childhood to their womanhood as told in first person narrative alternately by Anju and Sudha Each is the sister of the heart of the otherThis review is however not so much about the story itself as it is about the author’s writing style The novel is a literary fiction The story is driven as are all literary fictions by characters than by plot Some acerbic commentators hint that literary fiction is a neologism and despite the poetic and lyrical metaphors and similes that enhance the elegance of prose makes the story unreadable Notwithstanding the generally accepted notion that literary fiction is the work of superior intellectual mettle than are those of genre popular or commercial fiction I do not agree that literary fiction is mostly unreadable I believe those who make such harsh and unfair judgment are those who wish to read in literary fiction what are essentially the domain of commercial or genre fiction—stories essentially driven by plot I do not imply that genre or commercial fiction are any less better I actually enjoy them whether Frederick Forsyth’s international political and crime intrigues or John Grisham’s legal suspense in the suburbia of America; I only say that Divakaruni’s work stands in a category that is obviously different from commercial fictionDivakaruni artfully tells the story in narratives full of similes and metaphors Her prose is lyrical and is poetic Divakaruni’s liberal and artful use of metaphors which is mostly used in poetry paints the story with a poet’s mind She is in fact an award winning poet which I learn from the author’s introduction in the book Divakaruni’s prose reads like poetry even without verse Her use of trope or figure of speech while making sure they don’t sound trite makes the story warm and pleasurable readingDivakaruni is an exceptional writer But of course she is not the first literary fiction writer who liberally uses metaphors as prose style Norman Mailer a literary giant for example is a master storyteller who packs metaphors in his stories Divakaruni’s use of metaphors drama and passionately living characterization reveal her exuisite cognitive ability to observe or imagine lives in intimate and rich details and tell them in a way that makes readers feel they are not only observing a story but are in fact in the story Her ability to engage readers is amazingOne of Divakaruni’s uniue style is that she creates her own metaphors that are at once meaningful to readers instead of using the ones that have existed and been used by others eg “bright as pomegranate juice” to describe a smile or “my mouth is crowded with gravel” to describe how the narrator feels the need to retort to something she doesn’t like or “the sun paints the wall golden” to tell the reader that the sun has shone in the room or “smooth as molasses” to describe the smoothness of spoken words This metaphorology is Divakaruni’s gift to readers in addition to the story itself This style adds additional dimension to Divakaruni’s skill as an author—that of a linguist using semiotics symbolism and to some extent mysticism of words and phrases She deftly spares the readers of archaism in her style maintaining the high level of reader engagement and interest from beginning to the end She elevates the work of storytelling to an art formDivakaruni weaves into the story elements of conflict as part of the story structure that keeps the readers engaged The conflicts in her story are based on characters than on plots As a reader I felt as though I was in the same room while the protagonists were engrossed in conversation oblivious of my presence She introduces element of curiosity if not mystery into the story in the early part of the story as a conflict that she resolves only near the end of the story when Sudha along with her infant daughter Dayita are on their plane flight to America Between this early conflict and the eventual resolution there is a lot of action in characterization The characters in her story drive the plotThis is Divakaruni's first and only novel that I’ve had the pleasure of reading so far It’s an emotional story that has an intellectual impact like such that a linguist and author with rich imagination can make I liked the book for its warmth depiction of female bonding amidst complexities of life and wondered why I hadn’t heard of the author before much less read any of her novels Although literary fictions are not the primary source of information about cross cultures; this novel provides a literary vehicle for cross cultural readers to understand and enjoy Bengali culture and society in CalcuttaWhen I completed reading the story I couldn’t help but wonder if Sudha was going to return to Calcutta from her sojourn to America The novel stood well on its own as a complete story; but there are several strands that I couldn’t help but wonder about how they would progress I wanted to know what would happen to Singhji and whether Sudha would see him again and how she would feel if she did I wanted to know what would happen to the trinity of women in the family Gouri Ma Aunt Nalini and Pishi And of course most of all I wanted to know what would happen to Ashok the man Sudha loved but sacrificed not once but twice—for Anju the sister of her heartBefore I close this review I must say one thing I have the bad habit of reading multiple books simultaneously When I started reading this book I had already read about a hundred pages of “The Hungry Tide” a novel by Amitav Ghosh I found the story too enjoyable to put the book down and go back to Ghosh’s book As much as I was enjoying Ghosh's book too it just had to waitAfter reading the novel when I found out that Divakaruni wrote a seuel to the story later “The Vine of Desire” in 2002 I couldn’t help but feel good I immediately started looking forward to reading it After one book I have become a Divakaruni fan She is a brilliant storytellerNote I wrote this review on February 15 2010 and shared with the author through her Facebook page

  7. Bettie Bettie says:

    Dedication For those who told me storiesand those to whomI tell them nowmy grandfather Nibaran Chandra Ghoshmy mother Tatini Banerjeeandmy three men Murthy Anand and AbhayAcknowledgementsOpening uoteIt is only the story that saves our progenyfrom blundering like blind beggars into thespikes of the cactus fenceChinua Achebe 'Anthills of the Savannah'Opening BOOK ONETHE PRINCESS IN THE PALACE OF SNAKESOneSUDHAThey say in the old tales that the first night after a child is born the Bidhata Purush comes down to earth himself to decide what its fortune is to beA puerile coming of age story set for the most in CalcuttaAbandoned TBR Busting 2013

  8. robin friedman robin friedman says:

    Judging And LovingSister of My Heart is a novel about an upper caste family in Calcutta India the Chaterjees and about two women Sudha a striking beauty and Anju relatively plain but intelligent and curious The two share the same birthday and grow up together Indeed they are inseparable and prefer each others company to the exclusion of others They grow up in a society of women the mothers who try unsuccessfully to provide to them a life sheltered from modernity and its woes However Anju can't be kept from the bookstore her biological mother operates Sudha can't be kept from the conseuences of her beauty and the two girls growing into adolescence can't be kept from the conseuences of simply growing upThe story is told in chapters with each chapter alternating between the voice of Anju and SudhaThe fathers of the two girls disappeared and presumably died before their birth on a wild scheme to find a ruby mine in the jungles of IndiaThrough adolescence and into adulthood the two become inseparable close through the many bad times and the few good times Both Anju and Sudha have marriages arranged for them with the mothers concern for their well being and the downward turn of their families fortunes and healthSudha stays in Calcutta with her engineer of a husband who is dominated by his mother In marrying the mother's choice Sudha forsakes Asoka her seeming true love whom she met in a movie theater and who wants to marry her Anju travels to the United States where she pursues as agreed to by her husband a college educationThe plotting of the book is implausible as are its twists and turns The book also is also full of coincidences which detract from the story and from any sense of characterization or purposePartly because of the elaborate nature of the plot the characterization of Sudha and Anju is in my opinion very weak They can do no wrong Sudha with her beauty Anju with her intellect and the two of them with their love for each other They are products the author would have us believe of an Indian society in transition between traditionalism which the book sees almost exclusively in terms of male domination and modernity again described almost exclusively in terms approaching American feminismIn addition to its unconvincing story line and weak characterization I didn't like this book because of its feminist stereotyping and its judgmental hostile character to Indian society American society as well and to men For most of the book they are portrayed as bullies and bores concerned only with sex and with using women as objects Sudha and Anju in turn are presented as pure hearted as perceptive and as victimsThe portrait is not convincingly done and it is overly obvious It made me angry with the book There are nuances with the development of the plot but they are insufficient to override the general male bashing and society bashingI tried to think of an appropriate way to express what I found wanting in the book Here it is put simply There is another Calcutta than that that we are given here and it is the Calcutta of Mother Teresa Mother Teresa is reputed to have said If you judge people you will have no time to love them Her statement captures much of what I find troublesome in this novel For all their love for each other and their thwarted ambitions Sudha and Anju and for the most part their novelistic creator are judgmental and partial to others They have no sympathy for India for men or for the promise of America either beyond the bounds of a strident feminism They view people through the lenses of their own ideas exclusively and can't see others or sympathize with them as others see themselves or as Sudha and Anju themselves wish to be treatedThese are the reasons I can't recommend this novel I have a hard time imagining a male reading the book with pleasure It is a difficult read ornately plotted poorly characterized and written in my view in a spirit of undue judgment and criticismRobin Friedman

  9. Shreya Vaid Shreya Vaid says:

    Out of all the books that trickle down the Fictional area from Indian writers Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni always strikes out thanks to her writing a mix of Indian and western stories combining together to form magic This weekend I picked Sister of My Heart to soothe my soul and my it was magical Two sisters born out of family calamities sharing a uniue bond by beating distance bad relatives and societySister of My Heart revolves around Anju and Sudha born in the same household in Calcutta on the same day the day when both their mothers are informed that both their husbands are killed in reckless uest for a cave full of rubies The shock triggers pain in their wombs a pain that seals Anju and Sudha's fate foreverAs the time goes by relatives and society witness an unbreakable bond forming between the two even if the mothers Gouri Anju and Nalini Sudha do not get along much Whispers start pouring from walls into Sudha's heart until one day she confronts her Pishi regarding that From her Pishi she understands that it was her Father who brought doom upon the family Because of his tricks Anju's father got killed She is informed that her father was a no good schemer who brought ruin on his cousinOnce the secret is revealed Sudha starts taking a different path from Anju The dreams of finishing college and opening a successful cloth business takes a sideline As they grow old Anju adjusts to a life in California with a man who lusts after Sudha and Sudha grapples with a mother in law who turns towards Goddess Shasti to fill Sudha's barren womb rather than finding a doctor who can help cure impotency of her sonEven though differences start creeping in between their relationship somehow fate always bonds them Sacrifices are made families are lost but Anju and Sudha never give up on each other Sudha realizes her love for Anju supersedes all and her love does not come out of the necessity of guilt that her father was responsible for the doom of Anju's family She is truly Sister of her heart But is this love enough? What happens when Anju finds Sudha's dowry handkerchief lurking in Sunil's stuff? Guess you and I have to read the seuel; The Vine of Desire for thatDivakaruni's books always have a special place in my bookshelf I started reading her work with Palace of Illusions and then gradually moved on to her other books And one thing is always consistent which I noticed in the Sister of My Heart as well The intelligence and plot line to combine two worlds the east and the west And no matter how many times this theme re appears in her books it always leaves me mesmerized I fall in love every time when I pick her bookAnother beautiful thing about the Sister of My Heart is the relationship between two sisters that has been portrayed It's deep it's magical If I have to say Anju was kept on Nalini's womb so that the dying child can have energy from her to come out and face the world The power behind this one scene shows how brilliant this book is In the whole weekend that I spent at my mother's place I could never part from this book Though I had some issues with the length of the book but it can be ignoredAnd the climax I was shocked I can't say much about it because then this review will turn into a spoiler but climax proves one thing right Sometimes things that we are looking for are right in front of us but we just don't have the vision for it All in all make sure you pick up the Sister of My Heart Pick it up for Divakaruni and if not for her pick it up to celebrate an enduring love between two sisters

  10. Kathryn Kathryn says:

    This is the story of two cousins Anju and Sudha who grow up together as sisters in Calcutta and the secrets loves and life events that threaten to come between them It is about the differing lives chosen by or perhaps accurately chosen for these girls as they turn into women It is about how they manage the potentially heart breaking situations life throws at them There were plenty of twists in the story some surprising than others Told by the two girls in alternating chapters at first I liked Sudha's sweet personality best and felt Anju was a bit harsh However as the story developed Sudha seemed to develop into an overly sentimental character for a little while and I discovered elements of Anju that I see in myself so I felt sympathy for her By the end I felt I had a well rounded view of both the women Reading this story made me very grateful to have been born in a country and time where women are than chattels and have the right to be well educated if they choose to make decisions for themselves to earn a living for themselves to be married or not with no shame attached to singleness I wasn't sure about this one at first but in the end I really enjoyed it 4★

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