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Chitra Banerjee Books: 10 best books by Chitra Banerjee

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is an amazing Indian author. She has written a lot of books. The Palace of Illusions is one of the most popular books by Chitra Banerjee. The Forest of Enchantments is the latest book by the author. Chitra Banerjee is an award-winning Author and Poet. Her works have been translated into many languages like Hebrew, Hindi, Japanese, etc. Some of her work is in the process of being made into movies. This is the list of Best Chitra Banerjee books.

10 Best Chitra Banerjee Books

The Vine of Desire

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This story is about two young women Anju & Sudha and their love for each other. This novel is the second part of Sister of My Heart. This book explores the emotional ties between two lifelong friends and how they change when the husband of one is dangerously attracted to the other. BUY NOW

The Palace of Illusions

Mahabharat as a story is well known but still, there are books written even today with newer perspectives and interpretations. What makes this particular book stand out is the voice and the person who narrates it, Draupadi. While the story has been told from multiple angles before, this book attempts to explore the story from Draupadi’s perspective, who is believed to be one of the strongest women in Indian mythology. One of the best Chitra Banerjee Books. BUY NOW

Oleander Girl

This novel is about a young woman’s journey to learn the truth about her parents, Oleander Girl takes the reader from Kolkata, India, to New York City and the West Coast of the United States. Korobi’s journey, however, drives the novel and it is full of twists and turns, soul searching and difficult choices. BUY NOW

Sister of My heart

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Great flow. Well developed characters and relationships very plausible including connections between past and present; cultural evolution between tradition and contemporary issues within India with a focus on women but balanced as men to are caught in making choices within a society that is changing. Must read. BUY NOW

Arranged Marriage

A collection of 11 short stories. Most all of them about an Indian bride’s arranged marriage to a native US guy or guy settled in the US. Hence the name for the collection. Arranged Marriage poignantly highlights many of these situations and frustrations that Indian women live through. It talks about things which are so rampant, even the most enlightened, educated Indian would call them cliches. But cliches they are not. The truth is that there are overt and subtle forms of roles cast on women as soon as they are born, that is if they are allowed to be born at all. BUY NOW

The Forest of Enchantments

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Ram and Sita are believed to be personifications of Lord Vishnu and his consort Lakshmi on Earth. Their purpose is to take a human form to establish Dharma, the rule of the law, on earth, whenever there is a surge of evil. Ramayana is a tale of divinity; and a chronicle of the establishment of Ram Rajya, the ideal kingdom. But this book is an absolute contradiction. It is Sitayana, the tale from Sita’s perspective. Sita here is human; not divine. Her perspective goes on to shows the flaws that lay in the foundation of the Ram Rajya, most importantly the injustice meted out to Sita and her lack of magnanimity to forgive all of it in the name of duty. On a grander scale, this book is about the duplicity of concepts like justice and duty. This book is also one of the best Indian books of 2019. BUY NOW

The Mistress of Spices

A classic work of magical realism, this bestselling novel by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni tells the story of Tilo, a young woman from another time who has a gift for the mystical art of spices. If you love a story with magic, culture, female protagonist, romance and much more in a beautifully narrated manner. Read this book definitely. BUY NOW

One Amazing Thing

This book is about a group of people who are stranded in the basement of a San Francisco office building by an earthquake. An African-American war veteran with a heart as big as the world takes charge and the group follows his lead–especially after he renders a young Muslim college student unconscious when he tries to open the office door to escape since doing so could cause a collapse of the remaining structure. Diverse, interesting characters shatter stereotypes, tell fascinating stories suggested by an Indian-American college student who knows the value of stories to absorb us. In the process of storytelling, the group bonds closely. BUY NOW

Before We Visit the Goddess

The story is about three generations of women; Sabitri, Bela and Tara. All detached from each other in life resented each other at some point in life but the course their life has taken is somehow painfully similar. I loved the beautiful illustration and the design of the pages and the cover of the hardbound copy I bought. BUY NOW

Queen of Dreams

Divakaruni writes a tail for those of us who feel like we are lost souls drifting from one day to the next. We may appear to have a life’s purpose until it is derailed but a life event. Divakaruni lets us explore how one may approach finding our feet again amidst various turmoil that we call life. BUY NOW

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni has written a lot of books but according to me, these are the best Chitra Banerjee Books to read. You can also visit

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