Sister Of My Heart – Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Tuesday, January 28th, 2003

I really can’t put this book down. Last night I drowned in it until way past midnight. Here’s an excerpt that until this day, is still embedded in my head:

“Every person has a heart, but we’re not always lucky enough to get a glimpse of it. And every heart, even the hardest, has a fragile spot. If you hit it there, it shatters.” -Sister Of My Heart, page 73

It’s a rarity for me to come across a book that has the ability to turn my emotions upside down and keep my eyes wide awake with enthusiasm. The author’s descriptive eye for details is so amazing, you will really find trouble putting it down. A story about two cousins, Anju and Sudha, growing up together in the same household. Their lives intertwine at the very root of their existence, like a tangled betel plant.

This book carries you through their personal relationship with one another, the sufferings and pain they went through, as well as their interaction with other characters in the book. The structure of this book is built as such that we get to see both protagonists’ point of view one after the other. The storytelling will open your eyes about how in the end, we all must surrender to our destiny. That we can all make plans but to actually live up to them is another story altogether.

This book quenched my thirst for a good read and would later prove to be the reason why I fell in love with Indian authors. Truly highly recommended, this one is a must-read!

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