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Sisters of the Sari Paperback – June 7, 2011
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Born in Toronto, Brenda L. Baker spent her working life writing computer programs in Canada, the United States and the Netherlands. Her passion is exploring new cultures, with knitting and reading tied for second place. She likes cats, but resists owning one herself, since everyone knows little old ladies can't just stop at one.
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Kiria is a Canadian CEO who decides to take a vacation to the non-touristy spots in India. What she finds is that people are all too willing to fleece a white tourist and, after losing her luggage, what she really wants are clean clothes and a little bit of understanding. She finds it in Santoshi, an Indian woman who gives her the last of her money so she can travel back to her hotel. In her quest to repay Santoshi, she discovers that her life has not been as cut and dry as she imagined and that there is much left to be discovered about herself and about others.
First, let's hit the plot. I was intrigued and entertained by the plot throughout the story. Ms. Baker winds a tale nicely and vividly. Both the setting and characters were well drawn and secondary characters were nicely used to help flesh out the important aspects of the novel. My one complaint is that I feel like I ended the book not knowing or understanding Kiria any better than when I started. In other words, her dynamics didn't feel like they changed much to me nor did I think she came to much understanding of herself. Yes, she absolutely went to huge lengths (without giving away too much of the plot here) to help others and do great things, but when we end the book, I feel like she herself has changed very little, quite honestly. Elements of who she was were there from the beginning and her growth was not strong. Nor was that of Santoshi. Perhaps the greatest growth came from Laxmi, who was a secondary character who realizes that even in a culture that does not support women's liberation, you can have it all and you can be happy.
Overall, I truly enjoyed reading this book. It hit on the cultural issues I found lacking in other books regarding Indian tradition and culture (fiction novels, that is) and I enjoyed the characters. More depth in them would have been nice, but not everyone wants a character who goes beyond the surface level to scratch deep. A very nice summer read that went by quickly.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in order to review it. Thanks!
Ms. Baker did a wonderful job of depicting the clash of cultures. A western woman who expects life to be clean, cool and orderly struggles to come to terms with the poverty and plight of women that they accepted as normal. Kiria has a few skeletons in her own closet that when added to the mix help to propel her and Santoshi into new views of life.
Sisters of the Sari is a wonderful modern story full of rich and interesting characters. The well detailed clash of cultures make this book a page turner that you won't be able to put down.
Linda C. Wright
One Clown Short
Also, most insipid dialog ever!
The reason I didn't give this a one star review is because the plot is interesting enough, and it wasn't a horrible light read. No graphic violence or strange sex like many novels nowadays.
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Bought this copy for my sister as she just returned from a trip to India.
Heart warming, some sad parts, nice read
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