Award-winning author and poet, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is widely known for her novels,
Sister of My Heart, The Mistress of Spices, The Vine of Desire and Queen of Dreams.
Translated into 11 languages, including Dutch, Hebrew and Japanese, her other writings
include two prize-winning short story collections, two volumes of poetry, and her novels for
young children. Among the awards and citations she has are the O. Henry Prize, two Pushcart
Prizes, and the American Book Award. Born in India, she currently lives in Texas where she
teaches creative writing at the University of Houston.
Back of the Book
In a dingy shack in the less-than-desirable Indian neighbourhood he calls home,
twelve-year-old Anand is entrusted with a conch shell that possesses mystical powers. His
task is to return the shell to its rightful home many hundreds of miles away in the
Himalayas. Accompanying him are Nisha, a headstrong but resourceful child of the streets,
and a mysterious man of indeterminate age and surprising resources named Abhaydatta. Him
quest takes him farther from home than he's ever been and teaches him more than he ever
imagined and forces him to make a poignant decision that changes him forever.
The pure beauty of Anand's destination is a simmering Shangri-La come to life. This
speaks directly to children, in a very enticing voice.'
Fresh and riveting with details of India's smells, sights and tastes, with
characters that possess both good and evil, and with her exploration of the fine line
between faith and magic.'
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