Book Review | Sisters of the Sari
Title: Sisters of the Sari
Author: Brenda L. Baker
Brenda L. Baker’s Sisters of the Sari is an eye opening look into the India most of us would like to pretend doesn’t exist. Sisters of the Sari is about a middle aged woman named Kiria Langdon and her “vacation” to India. Kiria is a high paid CEO of an electronics corporation. Her name is well known and synonymous with power and prestige. She has a run in with someone from her past which causes her to take the vacation to India that she has always wanted to take. Kiria sets off to India and arrives in Chennai. Kiria does not want the glossy tourist version of India; she wants to experience the real deal. With no means of verbal communication in her current surroundings, Kiria gets a welcoming experience few would be able to handle. A local woman, hoping to possibly make some pocket money from the white tourist, asks Kiria “You problem?” Roughly translated the local Indian woman is asking Kiria, if she needs help. Kiria does need help, having suffered embarrassing incidents including stepping in dung, being ripped off and worse yet, having her wallet stolen, literally cut out from the pocket she had it in. At this point the local woman named Santoshi without knowing it becomes the catalyst that makes Kiria look at herself and everything around her with different eyes.
If I could meet Brenda L. Baker in person, I would wrap my arms around her and tell her how much I adored this book. I imagine if enough people read this book and the right reader gets ahold of this, this book could easily be made in to a movie. The story draws you in. The characters are so real, so well developed that if I close my eyes, I can imagine what they all look like. Brenda’s image of India is just as easy to imagine, as she is so through in her details and description. There is a wonderful lesson to be learned by reading this book. After finishing it the characters and story will long stay with you. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes stories of our world and the human spirit. You will be enchanted and laugh and cry as you read the transformation of one, Ms. Kiria Langdon.
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*