Sister of My Heart

Sister of My Heart Anju is the daughter of an upper caste Calcutta family her cousin Sudha is the daughter of the black sheep of the family Sudha is as beautiful tenderhearted and serious as Anju is plain whip smart

Anju is the daughter of an upper caste Calcutta family her cousin Sudha is the daughter of the black sheep of the family Sudha is as beautiful, tenderhearted, and serious as Anju is plain, whip smart, and defiant yet since the day they were born, Sudha and Anju have been bonded in ways even their mothers cannot comprehend.The cousins bond is shattered, however, when SuAnju is the daughter of an upper caste Calcutta family her cousin Sudha is the daughter of the black sheep of the family Sudha is as beautiful, tenderhearted, and serious as Anju is plain, whip smart, and defiant yet since the day they were born, Sudha and Anju have been bonded in ways even their mothers cannot comprehend.The cousins bond is shattered, however, when Sudha learns a dark family secret Urged into arranged marriages, their lives take sudden, opposite turns Sudha becomes the dutiful daughter in law of a rigid small town household, while Anju goes to America with her new husband and learns to live her own life of secrets Then tragedy strikes them both, and the women discover that, despite the distance that has grown between them, they have only each other to turn to Set in the two worlds of India and America, this is an exceptionally moving novel of love, friendship, and compelling courage.

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Sister of My Heart

  1. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is an award winning author and poet Her themes include the Indian experience, contemporary America, women, immigration, history, myth, and the joys and challenges of living in a multicultural world Her work is widely known, as she has been published in over 50 magazines, including the Atlantic Monthly and The New Yorker, and her writing has been included in over 50 anthologies Her works have been translated into 29 languages, including Dutch, Hebrew, Hindi and Japanese Divakaruni also writes for children and young adults.Her novels One Amazing Thing, Oleander Girl, Sister of My Heart and Palace of Illusions are currently in the process of being made into movies chitradivakaruni books Her newest novel is Before We Visit the Goddess about 3 generations of women grandmother, mother and daughter who each examine the question what does it mean to be a successful woman Simon Schuster.She was born in India and lived there until 1976, at which point she left Calcutta and came to the United States She continued her education in the field of English by receiving a Master s degree from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and a Ph.D from the University of California, Berkeley.To earn money for her education, she held many odd jobs, including babysitting, selling merchandise in an Indian boutique, slicing bread in a bakery, and washing instruments in a science lab At Berkeley, she lived in the International House and worked in the dining hall She briefly lived in Illinois and Ohio, but has spent much of her life in Northern California, which she often writes about She now lives in Texas, which has found its way into her upcoming book, Before We Visit the Goddess.Chitra currently teaches in the nationally ranked Creative Writing program at the Univ of Houston She serves on the Advisory board of Maitri in the San Francisco Bay Area and Daya in Houston Both these are organizations that help South Asian or South Asian American women who find themselves in abusive or domestic violence situations She is also closely involved with Pratham, an organization that helps educate children especially those living in urban slums in India.She has judged several prestigious awards, such as the National Book Award and the PEN Faulkner Award.Two of her books, The Mistress of Spices and Sister of My Heart, have been made into movies by filmmakers Gurinder Chadha and Paul Berges an English film and Suhasini Mani Ratnam a Tamil TV serial respectively Her novels One Amazing Thing and Palace of Illusions have currently been optioned for movies Her book Arranged Marriage has been made into a play and performed in the U.S and upcoming, May in Canada River of Light, an opera about an Indian woman in a bi cultural marriage, for which she wrote the libretto, has been performed in Texas and California She lives in Houston with her husband Murthy She has two sons, Anand and Abhay whose names she has used in her children s novels.Chitra loves to connect with readers on her Facebook author page, facebook chitradivakaruni, and on Twitter, cdivakaruni.For information about her books, please visit chitradivakaruni , where you can also sign up for her newsletter.

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  1. Onvan Sister of My Heart Nevisande Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni ISBN 038548951X ISBN13 9780385489515 Dar 322 Safhe Saal e Chap 1997


  2. Reading this novel is like letting your heart be the passenger of the wildest roller coaster And, for me, roller coaster is frustrating.So, yes, I was frustrated reading this beautiful novel.It is full of secrets, revealed one by one within the chapters When the secret was out, I felt like leaving the book on the table It was too hard to keep up with.But, I couldn t.So, I kept on reading until the last page It was just too beautiful to leave behind.The characters, Anju and Sudha, are the roots o [...]


  3. I have very few books that I have rated 5 stars A 5 is reserved for the best of the best for me Books that I look forward to carving out time to read, books that I think about when I m not reading them My review won t do this fine little book justice The writing was amazing, the story was engaging, the characters were real, there was emotion joy, sadness, heartbreak, wonder, hatred, AND there is a sequel Maybe this is why I rate it so highly I can t wait to curl up with these characters again in [...]


  4. 3.5 The first thing I noticed when reading this novel was how the prose was so descriptive, flowery almost, it just flowed so easily Two young girls, raised as sisters, always together, as closer as two can be when their lives are derailed as secret is revealed This secret will pull the girls apart and send them on different paths.There are many secrets to come and each one revealed changes the course of a life I am not sure how I felt about these girls, I don t think I fully liked either one, [...]


  5. While this isn t as mystical as Mistress of Spices, it s as enchantingly and compellingly told Two cousins in Calcutta are born prematurely into a household of women on the same day as their fathers die Their lives are woven together like gold and silver threads, providing strength and contrast to each other as they grow together and apart through years, cultures, and arranged marriages There are secrets, dramas, and of allcret dramas I loved the complicated relationship between the two cousins [...]


  6. Dedication For those who told me storiesand those to whomI tell them now,my grandfather, Nibaran Chandra Ghoshmy mother, Tatini Banerjeeandmy three men, Murthy, Anand and AbhayAcknowledgementsOpening quote It is only the story that saves our progenyfrom blundering like blind beggars into thespikes of the cactus fenceChinua Achebe Anthills of the Savannah Opening BOOK ONETHE PRINCESS IN THE PALACE OF SNAKESOneSUDHAThey say in the old tales that the first night after a child is born, the Bidhata P [...]


  7. This is a late review The book was published eleven years ago in 1999 by Doubleday Yet, I hadn t heard of the author until this month, even though I have seen the movie Mistress of Spices , based on her novel by the same title After reading the book, I read a number of reviews of the novel I wanted to see what other readers, critics and reviewers thought of the novel, especially the author s style Most reviews I read gave positive review of the novel and extolled the author s gift of writing But [...]


  8. Finally I finished this gem of a novel today But as I trod the final steps of this illuminating journey, I felt a pang of sadness But then a thought struck me You can read it again, stupid I came to know about Chitra Banerjee Divakurani ma am in a group I went through her books and found Sister of My Heart tugging at my hungry mind I relented As I plunged into the novel, within the first few pages I knew this was going to be a wonderful read.Before I knew it, I found myself immersed in the story [...]


  9. This is the story of two cousins, Anju and Sudha, who grow up together as sisters in Calcutta, and the secrets, loves and life events that threaten to come between them It is about the differing lives chosen by or perhaps, accurately, chosen for these girls as they turn into women It is about how they manage the potentially heart breaking situations life throws at them There were plenty of twists in the story some surprising than others Told by the two girls in alternating chapters, at first I [...]


  10. I picked this up at the library book sale last year I had heard good things about it and for 50 cents, why not Well, let me just say it was worth all of that 50 cents, but not a penny The prose is good enough at least it didn t bore me to tears and having me throw it against the wall I found the characterizations thin and there was not one I cared very much about Of the two main characters, one is a Little Miss Perfect, the other is Miss Spoiled Brat The story is just OK, but much of it is pred [...]


  11. A very engaging story of the bonds that unite two Indian girls through childhood, marriage and motherhood Secrets and misunderstandings keep things interesting and the author does a great job of evoking the setting at the start.A very pleasant read.


  12. Out of all the books that trickle down the Fictional area from Indian writers, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni always strikes out, thanks to her writing a mix of Indian and western stories, combining together to form magic This weekend I picked Sister of My Heart to soothe my soul and my, it was magical Two sisters, born out of family calamities, sharing a unique bond by beating distance, bad relatives, and society.Sister of My Heart revolves around Anju and Sudha, born in the same household in Calcu [...]



  13. Just a beautifully well written story about love in all its variations, forgiveness, and female survival and resilience in modern day India Anju and Sudha are born on the same day in the same house, and although they are distant cousins, they feel like twins and kindred spirits Their love for each other is very special indeed, each repeatedly putting the needs of the other before her own They grow up with dreams of what the future holds Anju assumes they will go to college together, and Sudha su [...]


  14. I m not a great reader of chick lit and without the exotic setting and key issues in the book, I doubt I would have picked this upwhich would have been a shame I really loved the drama, romance and passion this book offered It seems to be about a house full of fractious women all crazy about family position and reputation.I thought I d throw it across the room Nope, it was great.go figure.


  15. 4.5 starsBecause i wanted to know a little bit about Anju and sudha Such a powerful story of love, sacrifices, relationships, being strong.


  16. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni and I go way back She helps out as an on stage interviewer for a great Houston based reading series, Inprint I was there when she was torn to shreds by Orhan Pamuk I witnessed her redemption when her interview with friend, Amy Tan went smoothly Chitra is always smiling and approachable She teaches creative writing at the University of Houston I ve heard her on the local NPR station In short, she feels accessible to me.Inprint flies in big name authors from all over th [...]


  17. It started off slow but by chapter 17 I was fully immersed in the story of Anju and Sudha It turned out to be a really great story, with many twists and turns as well as an unexpected surprise near the end This book is a glaring reminder that it doesn t matter what race or religion you are, our stories of disillusionment, love, pain, discontent, longing and finally resolution are often the same.


  18. Beautiful story of two cousins battling opposing forces while bonded by tragedy and torn apart by secrecy The girls, born in a time where individuality is stiffled by strict cultural tradition and social norms dictate much of one s being American ideas of indpendence and education have creeped into conversations and linger as possiblity Anju is in constant opposition of tradition She longs for America and a college education Sudha, born with exquisite beauty, her future remains unsure as she was [...]


  19. This book would make a great movie on the Lifetime network and as I refuse to watch the Lifetime network, that s not saying much However, Divakaruni has a beautiful writing style Her color and sound imagery are fantastic and the descriptions are beautiful I always imagine India to be overstimulating to the senses and this book kind of fits that expectation The first half is tightly organized and the everything seems tied together with excellent character and plot development In the second half, [...]


  20. A romantic, coming of age, family saga in Calcutta, India Two girls growing up in the same household, bonded so strongly even at birth that they grow up sharing inner hearts, as the title says sister of my heart The girls are both fatherless as their fathers passed away in the same sad and mysterious accident right before the girls were born The girls are raised by the 3 mothers and eventually marry, which is complex in itself.One of the things that I really liked about this book is the pleasure [...]


  21. I loved every minute of reading this book I don t know why I didn t give it 5 stars The language of the book lulled me deep into the story, which is of two girl children raised in the same family in Calcutta in current times The book primarily explores the cataclysmic changes in the social s of the upper class as it meets with modern times, but through the tender telling of the stories of these two young women and their love for each other The language is that of a fable the detail is rich and s [...]


  22. After Arranged Marriage I picked this book to read I was mesmerized by Chitra s ability to take me to a city I ve never been to, where I could smell and taste and visualize and understand everything Bengali a culture I ve barely known personally Chitra s ladies in the book Sudha Anju are women that we will never forget The strength of their relationship is awe inspiring and it makes a loner like me want a sibling or a best friend of that calibre I have recently come into the possession of the se [...]


  23. Divakaruni s poetic portrayal of people and place sorry for all the assonance truly never disappoints If you appreciate literary novels about cultures and traditions different than your own, this one transcends while taking you deeper into your own heart, learning the joyful and terrifying twists and turns which make all women sisters of the heart I ve already begun the sequel


  24. Though the story line is good but the ending is rather sudden or I thought it is I was bit disappointed that my hunch was not challenged But all in all it was a goodread and gives you much fodder to think about The main highlights were the plights of widow, the struggle of a single women, the superstitious beliefs, role of matriarch, the issue of female feticide I find the author did justice to all the issues without dramatizing anything I had watched a Pakistani drama Mera Naseeb enpedia wiki M [...]



  25. Hanya kisahlah yang bisa menghindarkan keturunan kita dari membuat kesalahan besar seperti pengemis pengemis buta yang menabrak duri duri pagar kaktus Chinua Achebe, from Anthills of The Savannah Usai menyelesaikan sebuah buku dari India lagi Dan ternyata ceritanya sangat indah, tidak mengharu biru seperti film2 india kebanyakan Aku merasakan ketangguhan hati seorang wanita di sini.Novel karangan Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni ini dituturkan dari 2 sudut pandang tokoh utamanya, yaitu Anjali Anju dan [...]


  26. Two cousins born on the same day, if not under the same sign grow up together with their widowed mothers and aunt Sister of My Heart traces their story from childhood through marriage, and the first half of the book is a lovely testament to the power of love and the sacrifices people make for the ones they love.The relationship at the center of Sister of my Heart never falters sure, Anju and Sudha fight occasionally, but there s never any question that they will be there for each other, that the [...]


  27. I started reading this book at 9 in the night and finished it by 6 in the morning When I started reading this I thought that it would be another Bengali writer who has moved from Calcutta to India or his parents moved much earlier and they are still seeking roots But this turned out to be a surprise The best part of it was that 90% of the novel is set in India and it actually takes you through the growing up phase of two girls who were like sisters and how their lives intertwined no matter how f [...]


  28. OMG was that good It gives beautifully written a whole new meaning I particularly liked it because I spent many years selling new homes to young Indian couples in Naperville, IL I learned from them that even in the late 20th century successful young men still return home to fulfill the tradition of the arranged marriage Some seemed to have found love with one another, but some didn t Thus, I felt a great infinity with these characters like non fiction Another observance that first male son is s [...]


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