Chitra Divakaruni

The Mistress of Spices – My thoughts

spicesAuthor – Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Blurb: Magical, tantalizing, and sensual, The Mistress of Spices is the story of Tilo, a young woman born in another time, in a faraway place, who is trained in the ancient art of spices and ordained as a mistress charged with special powers.  Once fully initiated in a rite of fire, the now immortal Tilo–in the gnarled and arthritic body of an old woman–travels through time to Oakland, California, where she opens a shop from which she administers spices as curatives to her customers.  An unexpected romance with a handsome stranger eventually forces her to choose between the supernatural life of an immortal and the vicissitudes of modern life.  Spellbinding and hypnotizing, The Mistress of Spices is a tale of joy and sorrow and one special woman’s magical powers. (more…)

WWW Wednesday (23/10/2013) – Vol. 8

www_wednesdays43Hello book lovers! I am back after sometime with another episode of WWW. 🙂 This weekly book meme is hosted by MizB of Should be Reading. To play along, we just have to answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?

• What did you recently finish reading?

• What do you think you’ll read next?

I am currently reading nothing. The current month has been quite a busy one for me, with the Goan holiday (post here), followed by Durga Puja celebrations (post here) and mounting work at my desk because of availing leave from work. 😦 I hope to pick up a book only after a few days. 

I recently finished reading “The Mistress of Spices” by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni.


I had loved Chitra Divakaruni’s The Palace of Illusions (review here). And after that book, I had decided to read all of her works. And so I picked up The Mistress of Spices. The writing style in this book is quite different from the other one. Here she uses an unhurried language that is poetic, lyrical and conversational too.
Tilo is a Mistress of Spices who has been endowed with mystic powers to read the minds of people and of suggesting spices to suit their needs. But then enters the ‘American’. Soon rules are broken & it results in some life changing consequences for Tilo. At the end of the book, one realizes that life really is what we make it – paradise or otherwise.
What I liked the most in the book is the way she described the purpose of the different spices with their magical properties. How I wish I could use them actually in my life to drive away my problems! I wish there was someone like Tilo for real…… 🙂
A good read otherwise, with some parts, however, dragging for me. A movie has also been made with the same name starring Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Next I plan to watch the movie to see how it has been adapted.

Regarding the book I will read next, I have two books with me which I received from Goodreads giveaways last month – Tall Man Small Shadow by Vipin Behari Goyal and Seven Days Without You by Anmol Rana. The Goodreads reviews & rating for both of them are good. I hope to finish reading & sharing my thoughts on them very soon.


WWW Wednesday is a great way to discover new books. So friends, feel free to leave your links to your WWW Wednesday posts or your comments (if you don’t have a blog), so that I can check out what you’re reading. Till then, happy reading!

Images: Goodreads (as always, click on the images to reach the Goodreads page of the above books)