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The Mistress of Spices

by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Bantam Doubleday.
Review by Susan Chacko Susan Chacko is a scientist in Maryland.
Review by Shampa Chatterjee.Shampa Chatterjee lives in Philadelphia, PA. A biotechnologist at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, her other interests are traveling and photography.

Book Description: The novel follows Tilo, a magical figure who runs a grocery store and uses spices to help the customers overcome difficulties. Tilo provides spices, not only for cooking, but also for the homesickness and alienation that the Indian immigrants in her shop experience. In the process, she develops dilemmas of her own when she falls in love with a non-Indian. This creates great conflicts, as she has to choose whether to serve her people or to follow the path leading to her own happiness. Tilo has to decide which parts of her heritage she will keep and which parts she will chose to abandon.

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Realism, fantasy and Indian myths commingle in the rapturous prose of Chitra Divakaruni, on Metro Active.

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