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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni - Oleander Girl
Orphaned at birth, seventeen-year-old Korobi Roy is the scion of a distinguished Kolkata family and has enjoyed a privileged, sheltered childhood with her adoring grandparents. But she is troubled by the silence that surrounds her parents’ death and clings fiercely to her only inheritance from them: the love note she found hidden in her mother's book of poetry. Korobi dreams of one day finding a love as powerful as her parents', and it seems her wish has come true when she meets the charming Rajat, the only son of a high-profile business family. But shortly after their engagement, a heart attack kills Korobi's grandfather, revealing serious financial problems and a devastating secret about Korobi's past. Shattered by this discovery and by her grandparents' betrayal, Korobi undertakes a courageous search across post 9/11 America to find her true identity. Her dramatic, often startling journey will, ultimately, thrust her into the most difficult decision of her life.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni - One Amazing Thing
One catastrophic event. Nine strangers. One amazing story. The scene: Late afternoon in a passport and visa office in an unnamed American city. Most customers and even most office workers have come and gone, but a punky teenager, an upper-class Caucasian couple, a young Muslim-American man, and five others remain. Out of nowhere, an earthquake rips through the lull, trapping these nine disparate people together, with little food and no way to escape the slowly flooding office. When the psychological and emotional stress becomes nearly too much for them to bear, the young graduate student suggests that each tell a personal tale, “one amazing thing” from their lives, which they have never told anyone before. And as their surprising stories of romance, marriage, family, political upheaval, and self-discovery unfold against the urgency of their life-or-death circumstances, the novel proves the transcendent power of stories and the meaningfulness of human expression itself.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni - Sister of My Heart
Anju is the daughter of an upper-caste Calcutta family of distinction. Sudha is the daughter of the black sheep of that same family. Sudha is startlingly beautiful; Anju is not. Despite these differences, since the day 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, are merged. When Sudha learns a dark family secret, that connection is threatened. For the first time in their lives, the girls know what it is to feel suspicion and distrust--Sudha, because she feels a new shame that she cannot share with Anju; and Anju, because she discovers the seductive power of her sister's beauty, a power Sudha herself is incapable of controlling. When, due to a change in family fortune, the girls are urged into arranged marriages, their lives take opposite turns. One travels to America, and one remains in India; both have lives of secrets. When tragedy strikes both of them, however, they discover that, despite distance and marriage, they must turn to each other once again. Exceptionally moving, dramatic, and exquisitely rendered, Sister of My Heart is a passionate novel about the extraordinary bond between two women, and the jealousies, loves, and family histories that threaten to tear them apart. Only a novelist of Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's sensitivity could create a tale as potent as it is poignant, and as true to the complexities of the human heart.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni - L'histoire la plus incroyable de votre vie
Quelle est l'histoire la plus incroyable de ma vie ? S'interrogent tour à tour neuf personnes enfermées dans le sous-sol d'un consulat indien. Comment raconter cette histoire quand on est plongé dans le noir d'une pièce dont le plafond menace de s'écrouler à tout instant ? Une histoire qui n'avait jamais été racontée à personne. Quelques heures plus tôt, ils étaient tous des étrangers, désormais ils sont inéluctablement liés. Ce roman qui se lit d'une traite oscille entre l'angoisse, le récit haletant d'une catastrophe, et le cheminement intérieur de ces êtres aux origines et aux destins si éloignés les uns des autres. Car s'ils sont prisonniers d'un désastre, ils sont aussi des pèlerins spirituels découvrant le pouvoir guérisseur des histoires, et au moment où ils luttent pour leur survie, ils se trouvent des raisons renouvelées de vivre, de partager avec les autres le beau et douloureux miracle de la vie.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni - The Mistress of Spices
Tilo, an immigrant from India, runs an Indian spice shop in Oakland, California. While she dispenses the classic ingredients for curries and kormas, she also helps her customers to gain a more precious commodity: whatever they most desire. For Tilo is a Mistress of Spices, a priestess of the secret, magical powers of spices. Through those who visit and revisit her shop - Ahuja's wife, caught in an unhappy, abusive marriage; Jagjit, the victim of racist attacks at school; the noisy bougainvillaea girls, rejecting the strict upbringing of their tradition-bound Indian parents; Haroun who drives a taxi and dreams the American dream - we get a glimpse into the life of the local Indian expatriate community. To each Tilo dispenses wisdom and the appropriate spice: coriander for sight; turmeric to erase wrinkles; cinnamon for finding friends; fenugreek to make a rejected wife desirable again; chillies for the cleansing of evil. But when a lonely American comes into the store, a troubled Tilo cannot find the right spice, for he arouses in her a forbidden desire, and following her own desires will destroy her magical powers. Compelling and lyrical, full of heady scents and with more than a touch of humour, this novel explores the clash between East and West even as it unveils the universal mysteries of the human heart.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni - Szívtestvérem
Anju egy felsőbb kaszthoz tartozó kalkuttai család gyermeke, Sudha, az unokatestvére pedig a család fekete bárányának lánya. Sudha gyönyörű, melegszívű és komoly, Anju pedig szókimondó, éles eszű és dacos. Születésük pillanatától kezdve olyan szorosan kötődnek egymáshoz, hogy a bensőséges kapcsolatot még anyjuk sem képes felfogni. Az unokatestvérek kapcsolatát azonban megrengeti egy sötét családi titok felbukkanása a múltból. Sietős, előre elrendezett házasságukkal életük hirtelen, ellentétes fordulatot vesz: Sudha egy szigorú, hagyományos indiai kisvárosban lesz kötelességtudó meny, míg Anju Amerikába költözik férjével, és ott éli a maga rejtőzködő életét. Majd mindkettejüket újabb tragédia éri, és a nők rádöbbennek, hogy a köztük lévő távolságok ellenére is összetartoznak, és csak egymásra számíthatnak.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni - Before We Visit the Goddess
A beautiful, powerful new novel from the bestselling, award-winning author of Sister of My Heart and The Mistress of Spices about three generations of mothers and daughters who must discover their greatest source of strength in one another—a masterful, brilliant tale of a family both united and torn apart by ambition and love. 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. In her latest novel, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni explores the complex relationships between mothers and daughters, and the different kinds of love that bind us across generations. Before We Visit the Goddess captures the gorgeous complexity of these multi-generational and transcontinental bonds, sweeping across the twentieth century from the countryside of Bengal, India, to the streets of Houston, Texas—an extraordinary journey told through a sparkling symphony of voices.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni - The Vine of Desire
The beloved characters of Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s bestselling novel Sister of My Heart are reunited in this powerful narrative that challenges the emotional bond between two lifelong friends, as the husband of one becomes dangerously attracted to the other. Anju and Sudha formed an astounding, almost psychic connection during their childhood in India. When Anju invites Sudha, a single mother in Calcutta, to come live with her and her husband, Sunil, in California, Sudha foolishly accepts, knowing full well that Sunil has long desired her. As Sunil’s attraction rises to the surface, the trio must struggle to make sense of the freedoms of America–and of the ties that bind them to India and to one another.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni - Queen of Dreams
Rakhi, a young artist and divorced mother living in Berkeley, California, is struggling to keep her footing with her family and with a world in alarming transition. Her mother is a dream teller, born with the ability to share and interpret the dreams of others, to foresee and guide them through their fates. This gift of vision fascinates Rakhi but also isolates her from her mother’s past in India and the dream world she inhabits, and she longs for something to bring them closer. Caught beneath the burden of her own painful secret, Rakhi’s solace comes in the discovery, after her mother’s death, of her dream journals, which begin to open the long-closed door to her past. As Rakhi attempts to divine her identity, knowing little of India but drawn inexorably into a sometimes painful history she is only just discovering, her life is shaken by new horrors. In the wake of September 11, she and her friends must deal with dark new complexities about their acculturation. Haunted by nightmares beyond her imagination, she nevertheless finds unexpected blessings: the possibility of new love and understanding for her family. “A dream is a telegram from the hidden world,” Rakhi’s mother writes in her journals. In lush and elegant prose, Divakaruni has crafted a vivid and enduring dream, one that reveals hidden truths about the world we live in, and from which readers will be reluctant to wake.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni - The Palace of Illusions
Relevant to today’s war-torn world, The Palace of Illusions takes us back to the time of the Indian epic The Mahabharat—a time that is half-history, half-myth, and wholly magical. Through her narrator Panchaali, the wife of the legendary five Pandavas brothers, Divakaruni gives us a rare feminist interpretation of an epic story. The novel traces Panchaali’s life, beginning with her magical birth in fire as the daughter of a king before following her spirited balancing act as a woman with five husbands who have been cheated out of their father’s kingdom. Panchaali is swept into their quest to reclaim their birthright, remaining at the brothers’ sides through years of exile and a terrible civil war. Meanwhile, we never lose sight of her stratagems to take over control of her household from her mother-in-law, her complicated friendship with the enigmatic Krishna, or her secret attraction to the mysterious man who is her husband’s most dangerous enemy. Panchaali is a fiery female voice in a world of warriors, gods, and ever-manipulating hands of fate.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni - A fűszermesternő
A regény hősnője Tilo, aki messzi földön látja meg a napvilágot, majd számtalan bonyodalom után a Fűszerek Szigetére érkezik. E különös helyen megismeri a fűszerek titkos erejét, s általuk varázserőre, misztikus képességekre tesz szert az emberek felett. Hatalmát azonban csak a Mesternőkre vonatkozó szigorú szabályok szerint gyakorolhatja. Ifjúi lélekkel, egy öregasszony testébe költözve kezdi meg munkáját Oaklandben, egy fűszerboltban. Miközben a boltba betérők sorsát megismerve próbál segíteni, maga is válaszút elé kerül. Megtörténik vele az, ami az ő helyzetében szigorúan tilos: szerelmes lesz egy amerikai férfiba. Ettől a pillanattól nincs menekvés, döntenie kell sorsáról...
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