Monday, June 20, 2011
Review & Giveaway: "Sisters of the Sari" by Brenda L. Baker
While building the hostel Santoshi guides Kiria through the surprising ways and culture of India, while Kiria begins to teach Santoshi that there is more to life than she ever thought possible. Despite their very different backgrounds and life experiences the two form an unlikely bond that will teach them both things about themselves.
I love books set in India. I find the culture fascinating and rich in history, and it is so different from our own. In that aspect Sisters of the Sari did not disappoint. It is full of the vivid imagery of India, and not just of the India that you would expect. The story does not touch much on those who are well-off, but rather on those who live day by day, simply doing what they have to do to get by regardless of what that is. We encounter rag pickers and prostitutes, maids and beggars, all hoping for a better tomorrow. I found out after reading the book that the author actually spent some time volunteering in India, and I appreciated the fact that some of this book was based on the insight that she gained while actually living there.
I found our two main characters, Kiria and Santoshi, fascinating. They were so different, but there were threads of their life experiences that bound them together enough for them to form a bond. I was fascinated with Santoshi's past and how that contributed to the person that she is today, and I thought that Kiria's past lent some interesting aspects to the story as well.
Sisters of the Sari is a fast-paced book that offers interesting insight into the Indian culture for the armchair traveler as well as a story about a bond between two very different women for those who prefer women's fiction. With its unexpected yet satisfying ending this is one that I can definitely recommend.
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Challenges: 2011 100+ Reading Challenge, South Asian Challenge 2011
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