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Tamarind Mem

Narrated by: Anita Rau Badami
Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
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A beautiful and brilliant portrait of two generations of women. Set in India’s railway colonies, this is the story of Kamini and her mother, Saroja, nicknamed Tamarind Mem due to her sour tongue. While in Canada beginning her graduate studies, Kamini receives a postcard from her mother saying she has sold their home and is traveling through India. Both are forced into the past to confront their dreams and losses and to explore the love that binds mothers and daughters everywhere.

©2002 Anita Rau Badami (P)2018 Vintage Canada

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“A tremendous achievement - a skillful and compassionate family saga that is personal, intimate, tender and revealing.” (The Globe and Mail)

"Intoxicating...an ambitious sweep of storytelling about family, about memory, about myth and history and the infinite interpretability of relationships.” (Ottawa Citizen)

"It is a book brimming over with smells, sounds and colours, putting the reader so firmly in place and time that you feel you are there. All in all, a lovely piece of work." (The Washington Post)

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  • Lotika Singha
  • 07-25-19

Which perspective is more true

Beautifully crafted mother-daughter accounts of uppercaste middle class motherhood — constrainjng or suffocatingly fulfilling or can there be something in between