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
The 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.