Proceedings of Research Papers Presented At The National Research Seminar In English On “Widening Canvas Of Literature” Held On 03rd And 04th December, 2015 

Dr. Bishakha Mandal

Asst. Prof.

VISM Group of Studies

Gwalior (M.P.)

Reminiscence of fables and fairy tales come to the fore again with Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s, mythical and mystical novel, the “Mistress of Spices” which is rich with prose and keen insight of the issues and problems faced by immigrants in foreign lands, especially, women, as Divakaruni writes about local stories of discrimination against Indian inhabitants and three other racial groups living in America, who come in touch with the main protagonist; the very fact makes the book a national bestseller. Divakaruni takes us readers into a magical tale: of journey and return, of errors, of loss and recovery, all that resound with her unique understanding of the human spirit. As, the reviewer Amy Tan had said that the story was a dazzling tale of misbegotten dreams and desires, hopes and expectations, woven with poetry and storyteller magic. The book had been also short-listed for the Orange Prize (England) and chosen by the Los Angeles Times as one of the best books of 1997.

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 “Employing of Myths & Mystic to Depict Issues of Identity: An Assessment of Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s ‘Mistress of Spices’