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Everyone knows Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. Her book, Sister of my heart is my favourite and her newest book, Before We Visit The Goddess, is doing the rounds in intl bookish circles. So when I got the chance to ask her what her favourite books are, I thought I’d share it with you guys.

1 Tiger’s Wife – Téa Obreht

8366403The winner for The Orange Prize 2011 and many many others The Tiger’s wife is a mythical ut interwoven with stark wartime scenes. A tiger escapes from the local zoo, padding through the ruined streets and onwards, to a ridge above the Balkan village of Galina. His nocturnal visits hold the villagers in a terrified thrall. But for one boy, the tiger is a thing of magic – Shere Khan awoken from the pages of The Jungle Book.
Natalia is the granddaughter of that boy. Now a doctor, she is visiting orphanages after another war has devastated the Balkans. On this journey, she receives word of her beloved grandfather’s death, far from their home, in circumstances shrouded in mystery.
From fragments of stories her grandfather told her as a child, Natalia realizes he may have died searching for ‘the deathless man’, a vagabond who was said to be immortal. Struggling to understand why a man of science would undertake such a quest, she stumbles upon a clue that will lead her to a tattered copy of
The Jungle Book, and then to the extraordinary story of the tiger’s wife.

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2. The Secret Daughter – Shilpi Somaya Gowda

6905012The heartrending story of a girlchild is how she describes this. On the eve of the monsoons, in a remote Indian village, Kavita gives birth to a baby girl. But in a culture that favors sons, the only way for Kavita to save her newborn daughter’s life is to give her away. It is a decision that will haunt her and her husband for the rest of their lives, even after the arrival of their cherished son.
Halfway around the globe, Somer, an American doctor, decides to adopt a child after making the wrenching discovery that she will never have one of her own. When she and her husband, Krishnan, see a photo of the baby with the gold-flecked eyes from a Mumbai orphanage, they are overwhelmed with emotion. Somer knows life will change with the adoption but is convinced that the love they already feel will overcome all obstacles.

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3. Everything I Never Told You –Celeste Ng

18693763Chitra Divakaruni says ‘I like this because of the way the mystery of the death is revealed.’

Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.
So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos.

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I don’t own two from the three above, but I do have The Golden Sun by Shilpi Gowda and The Tiger’s Wife. Both of which I am very excited to read. Her own book, Before We Visit The Goddess, sounds absolutely interesting and is on priority in my TBR, way before the others.


The daughter of a poor baker in rural Bengal, India, Sabitri yearns to get an education, but her family’s situation means college is an impossible dream. Then an influential woman from Kolkata takes Sabitri under her wing, but her generosity soon proves dangerous after the girl makes a single, unforgivable misstep. Years later, Sabitri’s own daughter, Bela, haunted by her mother’s choices, flees abroad with her political refugee lover—but the America she finds is vastly different from the country she’d imagined. As the marriage crumbles and Bela is forced to forge her own path, she unwittingly imprints her own child, Tara, with indelible lessons about freedom, heartbreak, and loyalty that will take a lifetime to unravel.

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Have you read any of the books here?