Before We Visit the Goddess by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

My Rating: 4 stars on Goodreads

The story of Savitri, Tara, and Bela, three generations of women and their lives in Bengal and America has been beautifully crafted by Divakaruni. The fact that I’m from Bengal and (like most Bengalis) I’m a foodie were added incentives while reading the book. The mouth watering delicacies described in the book along with the description of Bengal in all its glory were things I thoroughly enjoyed. I loved how the author crafted each chapter of the book as a short story and then stringed it all together in the form of a novel. Out of the three women, I loved Bela’s story the most because of the way she reinvents herself. Her unlikely friendship with one of her neighbours was truly endearing. Savitri came across as a character with different interesting shades to her life but the best part was how she fought to achieve whatever she deserved. Tara, in comparison, seemed to be a bit more passive. Overall, a truly wonderful story that is feminine, powerful, and filled with poetic beauty.

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