Mistress Of Spices.... as the title depicts is the story of a woman who has mastered the art of healing with the knowledge of spices. But this knowledge and her powers to heal the ones in need comes with a condition "never have needs yourself". Her life were "the spices".
A fiction tale that drives you through a phase where she with her power of calling and curiosity is abducted by pirates,but then becomes their queen, befriends snakes of the sea and finally reaches her destiny the island of spices. She loves the spices and they speak to her but the knowledge comes with a price, no desire of ones own, give up ones youth and take up an older body with only one duty to serve.
She accepts it all and decides to serve the people in USA. The story gears up as a conflict starts when she starts falling for an American who visits her. The spices are displeased and the dilemma is what will she choose her life long dream to be loved or her love for the spices and the promise she made with them???
The best part of the book is the lead character. Though she has magical powers, the issues she faces in her childhood being a girl in india, her ego as she her hearts desires even after she becomes a mistress and most importantly that urge to help beyond the permitted limit is depicted very well.
A beautiful journey with the background that could never be more perfect and an unputdownable book! A must read for literary fiction lovers. Divakaruni is a master of story telling.