The Mistress of Spices by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
The Mistress Of Spices(Paperback)
Author: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Publisher: Black Swan (1998)
Price: Rs. 349
If reading a book can be called a culinary experience then reading this book is just that. Aroma, fragrance and taste the book gives you all. It is through spice jars from the kitchen shelves that Chitra Divakaruni weaves her magic.
This is a story of Tilo, who walks a path where destiny takes her and gives her a magical life. However, everything comes for a price. She has to undergo a total transformation and become an old woman to use the wisdom. Tilo, trained by the First Mother is the chosen one of the spices. She helps people to cope with their sorrows, joys and pain. Her own life is almost like that of a prisoner but destiny takes her to strange places. While helping many Tilo encounters her own pain and sorrow. What happens must be read to experience the beauty of the story.
It is truly a ‘delicious’ read. Chitra Divakaruni has successfully documented the journey of the priestess is literal and philosophical. The book is surprisingly light to read and flows smoothly. Spices are almost like characters of the story the saffron, cinnamon, bay leaves and ginger all play a well-defined role.
If you enjoy reading the blend of philosophy, myth and culture this is the book for you. Read it slowly to enjoy and ‘relish’, even if you are enticed to turn the pages too quickly, the book is just beautiful. The Mistress of Spices has been made into a movie.