They are moments that change the course of their lives, for good or bad, and that’s what makes them amazing. Racist letter shocks Indigenous family in Edmonton-area community. Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player. The concept is good, but somehow t a short book, which I read in a day’s time. If you want to write a letter to the editor, please forward to letters globeandmail. Its also dangerous territory when a wrtier tries to sway readers away from one story to another, when an original one is so captivating.

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All comments will be reviewed by one or more moderators before being posted to the site. The stories show us that these people are vulnerable, they have suffered loss, regret, they have loved and they have hurt.

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Quotes from One Amazing Thing. It is often easier to tell things to total strangers than to friends or relatives. Why don’t you come visit? It is the last story and the ending that will decide your view of the book: Jiang’s and Malathi’s stories of struggle are the most riveting and bittersweet, as Divakaruni is best at writing about immigrant women.

Sometimes he forgot she was there. If she got him on the phone now, she would tell him this. They had come to the United States some twenty years back as young professionals, when Uma was a child. Once she thought it was fear. It’s original, and compelling. Retrieved from ” https: One by one, the strangers reveal the most personal of secrets, beginning with the elderly grandmother, Jiang, who recalls a life among the Hakka Chinese in Calcutta and a forbidden love affair just as war begins between India and China.


Later she would wonder at the urgency that had pulled her out of her chair and to her feet. Divakaruni embeds the last two-thirds of her novel one amazing thing by chitra banerjee divakaruni narrative gems that bring the nine survivors back to the bedrock of human connection. And each of us wants to be heard and to have our story told while we still have the chance. She shouldered her bag and stepped toward the door.

Go into the office yourself. They had celebrated weekends with similar gusto, getting together in between soccer games and Girl Scout meetings and Bharatnatyam classes for Uma with other suburbanite Indian families.

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Mangalam and the co-worker he has been wooing, Malathi. Story continues below advertisement.

Set in a city-less visa office, a group of applicants waits for their turn to handle the bureaucracy required to visit India. Now I don,t feel so alone. As they wait for a rescue that may never come, they each tell one amazing thing by chitra banerjee divakaruni story from their past. I did not find the stories the captives told all that interesting, frankly. In the meantime they ration out the little food and water that they had on their persons and try to make it last as long as they can.


Print HardcoverPaperback. I suppose if I thought I was going to die it would be nice to reflect and share my “amazing thing” stories but I am not sure if I would, in the end, keep them to myself or not.

You have so many questions, want to know the outcome, how the central person Everybody has a story, or maybe even one amazing thing that’s happened to them. He wore dark glasses, a scowl and a beard of the kind that in recent years made airport security pull you out of line and frisk you. They vacationed in Kulu Manali in the summer and Goa in the winter.

Review: One Amazing Thing, by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

They give sesame oil massages like you wouldn’t believe. I would hesitate to recommend the book to many of my friends because of the lack of closure experienced and I know how they like to know “what happened” when they read books. I really liked this book.