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by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Oleander girl was the first of the works of Divakaruni that I read, earlier in April. Her style of writing resonates deep within- the immaculate details of every scene in the book leap off the page and seem utterly real. The story follows the (mis)adventures of Korobi, a sheltered Bengali girl living with her grandparents in Kolkata. Orphaned at a young age, Korobi has always felt the absence of her mother, despite all the love her grandparents shower her with. When Korobi discovers an unfinished love letter from her mother to the father she never knew, she races off to an epic journey to find him.

The story starts too slowly for my taste, and I found it to be excessively descriptive in the beginning. But it grew on me midway and enjoyed the drama and mayhem of the entangled lives in the city of Kolkata as well as the self-discovery Korobi makes on her journey throughout the course of the story.

What I absolutely love is how Divakaruni effortlessly shifts from one perspective to another, and illuminates the views of all the characters, rather than sticking to a singular narrative. The story weaves together comfortably and is definitely worth a read.