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September 6, 2007

Invisible lives by Anjali Banerjee vs Mistress of Spices by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Filed under: books — yaadayaada @ 1:42 pm

I heard about the book “Mistress of Spices” 3-4 of years ago.  But never had the inclination to read it as the synopsis did not interest me much. Then I came to know it is being made into a movie, so I thought I would watch it. Beginning of this year, I found this book “Invisible Lives” by Anjali Banerjee in the local library. So decided to give it a shot. What does it remind me of, “Mistress of Spices”? Then I saw the movie “Mistress of Spices” last night, it confirmed my doubt. Invisible lives has the same knot as the other. Mistress of spices deals with an Indian woman who can heal people with the magic of spices and whose magic gets clouded when she falls in love with a caucasian man. Invisible lives deals with an Indian woman who can heal people with the saris that she chooses for them and whose magic gets clouded when she falls in love with a caucasian man. Do you see the similarity or is it just me? Am I the only person who knows about these two books?


  1. hmm.. Thats an interesting connection. It’s like Annu Mallik robbing songs and claiming it came to him one fine morning when he was having his morning tea. 🙂

    Comment by ddmom(rbdans) — September 10, 2007 @ 9:01 pm

  2. Only difference is that no one has confronted Anjali so far. At least I am not able to find anything in the internet.

    Comment by yaadayaada — September 11, 2007 @ 5:00 am

  3. True. I haven’t read either of them, so I did googling too. Was also surprised to not find anything…

    Comment by ddmom — September 11, 2007 @ 5:24 am

  4. I remembered you mentioning about the Anjali Banerjee book. Would love to read some other boosk by her, but not now, may be few years from now.

    Comment by utbtkids — September 13, 2007 @ 5:38 am

  5. You bin tagged

    Comment by ddmom — September 17, 2007 @ 10:06 pm

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