Book Review: Oleander Girl by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

I have been wanting to get my hands on the latest book by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni - "Oleander Girl" from the time I heard of its release. This has been on my to-be-picked-soon list since then. But I forget that I hv a lovely Santa Claus in my sister n guess what landed in my house early this week :-). Haa the bliss of having somebody who will make ur every wish come true(Now only if everything in life was so simple).

Maybe one advantage of reading a book pretty soon after its published is that you are not bogged down by expectations and so enjoy it to the fullest.

Linking this to May Photo A Day challenge for the prompt "Want"!

Here is my review of the book....

Korobi orphaned at bitth, is the apple of eyes of her old grandparents. She lives a idealistic life in a sprawling ancient house in heart of kolkota. Jus outa her teens, a well to do young dashing businessman falls head over heels in love with her and it seems as if her life is set to bloom....

But tragedy strikes in the form of her grandfathers death n soon hidden secrets tumble out making Korobi question her parents identity! From there the plot diverges into Korobis struggle to find her fathers real identity....

The storyline keeps you hooked - its a book I finished over the weekend! The description is so vivid - it brings to life the old palatial bungalows of Kolkota complete with the temple, the smells of a bengali kitchen, the old patriarchy - hindu grandfather, the lives of struggling Indians n the grad students in the US.......

A good easy read!


  1. Sounds so very interesting. Hope to read it soon... and I need some Santa Claus too :)

  2. I want Santa Claus too :)
    What a review. Good one! Once I start writing, I don't know where to stop :)

  3. Great! One more to add to that never ending "to buy" list. I don't have a Santa Claus either! Sigh! I hope I find it somewhere in the shops here soon. :D

  4. Pretty interesting review... makes me add this to my to-be-read list!


    And the wicked Me is planning to add this to my wishlist so that next month on my birthday some Santa Claus gives it to me tooo!!

  5. Certainly adding this to my to-read list, Meena. Thanks for the heads up!

  6. Chitra Banerjee is my favorite author too..Cannot wait to read the book :)

  7. A story in the back drop of kolkota ! Thats interesting

  8. Sounds like an interesting book. Thanks for sharing.

  9. very interesting!!
    I love her books and I will pick this one up too!! :)

  10. Sounds interesting and, of course, a book on Calcutta would be to me!