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The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters by Balli Kaur Jaswal : Book Review

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Author: Balli Kaur Jaswal
Publishers: Harpercollins India
Rating: 3.5/5


3 Lives, 3 Sisters, 3 Stories, 1 Destination -INDIA

The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters by Balli Kaur Jaswal is a journey of three sisters dealing with Life. It’s a journey of Rajni, Jezmeen and Shirina who cannot be with each other for a minute is on a Trip to India for fulfilling their Mother’s wish.

Where will this journey take them? Get ready for some amazing adventurous full of emotions and fun. A wonderful book that you’ll love.

The plot of the story is well developed with some twists and turns. The narration of the story is crisp appealing. The way the author sequenced the events is commendable. with every chapter, there was a mystery unfolds.

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The story holds many secrets, and which each chapter one can feel a strong connection with the story. The author used themes like loss, love, friendship. I loved how the author portrayed all the emotions.

The mother-daughter bond, the sisters bond shown by the author is something I loved. The shifting plots from past to present sometimes breaks the flow of the story. It’s a well-paced story with a smooth flow.

The characters are well developed by the author. Each character had a vital role to play. I loved how the author gave the importance to the supporting characters. Each character was fighting their own struggle.

There are so many things to learn from this book, from every character. I loved every character and It’s difficult for me to choose my favourite character. Well, with every chapter the author conveyed a wonderful message.

The language used by the author is simple and relatable. The writing style of the author is Gripping and witty. The story keeps the reader hooked throughout.

The cover and the title of the story is attractive. The blurb of the story is impressive. Overall, it’s a page-turner book like a complete Bollywood movie. A wonderful book.


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The British-born Punjabi Shergill sisters—Rajni, Jezmeen, and Shirnia—were never close and barely got along growing up, and now as adults, have grown even further apart. Rajni, a school principal is a stickler for order. Jezmeen, a thirty-year-old struggling actress, fears her big break may never come. Shirina, the peacemaking “good” sister married into wealth and enjoys a picture-perfect life.

On her deathbed, their mother voices one last wish: that her daughters will make a pilgrimage together to the Golden Temple in Amritsar to carry out her final rites.

Arriving in India, these sisters will make unexpected discoveries about themselves, their mother, and their lives—and learn the real story behind the trip Rajni took with their Mother long ago—a momentous journey that resulted in Mum never being able to return to India again.

The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters is a female take on the Indian travel narrative. “I was curious about how different the trip would be if it were undertaken by women, who are vulnerable to different dangers in a male-dominated society,” Balli Kaur Jaswal writes. “I also wanted to explore the tensions between tradition and modernity in immigrant communities, and particularly how those tensions play out among women like these sisters, who are the first generation to be raised outside of India.”

Powerful, emotionally evocative, and wonderfully atmospheric, The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters is a charming and thoughtful story that illuminates the bonds of family, sisterhood, and heritage that tether us despite our differences. Funny and heartbreaking, it is a reminder of the truly important things we must treasure in our lives.

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