Book Review: Sugarbread by Balli Kaur Jaswal

Sensitive, empathetic, and interesting!


Book Title: Sugarbread
Author: Balli Kaur Jaswal
Format: Kindle

My Thoughts:
The book is about life. It is about a young girl living in a land where her mother protects her dreams. Pin or Parveen, her deeds are insulated by her mother from the evil and tormenting realities of life. Though the plot looks complicated, it is quite engaging.

What to expect from the story?
This book, Sugarbread by Balli Kaur Jaswal, is a stunning story of ten-year-old Pin (Parveen), who lives and grows up in Singapore in the early 90s. Hers is a simple life with her friends, football, and happy childhood with her parents. Right from the start, the story and mention of food go hand in hand. This is one of the interesting aspects of Jaswal’s writing.

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Who can read?
I recommend the book for those readers who are readers of serious fiction. The book will interest those readers who like cross-border issues and nationalities related circumstances.

How good are the characters?
The book’s characters are so realistic that a reader might find his or her reflection in the characters. Like in real life, the characters deal with every human emotion. Be it happiness, sadness, disappointments, or disagreements; there are life-changing sequences written so realistically that the readers cannot stop lauding the author’s writing.

How good is the narration?
The story’s narration is flowing, shocking, disturbing, fascinating, and haunting. The attractive point of the story is in the initial pages of the story. The story is so engaging from the initial pages itself, and as the readers turn the pages, they will get involved in the story immensely. The situations explained that happen in reality in every part of the world hooks the readers’ minds. The chaos, the woes, and the cries are vividly explained.

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How good are the language and grammar?
The language used in the story is effective. I used the word effective because there are certain places where her writing skills surprise the readers. The idioms and the analogies she uses in explaining some emotions are stunning.

How good is the author’s writing style?
Author Balli Kaur Jaswal is known and admired for her writing skills. This is my second book of hers and her story-telling is absolutely engaging. Wherever possible, Miss Jaswal points to the indifferences and biased shown by the Singaporean nationals. Other than this, the cultural aspects affecting the living of the people in a land different from their land are shown well.

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How entertaining is the book?
The book is set up in the 90s era in the country of Singapore. The story is narrated from the perspective of a child which makes the read more interesting. This novel is written in a sensitive tone that has layers of raw emotions of love and empathy. The story also has so much description of food in every chapter. The mention of food and emotions go hand in hand in the book. As the book is about a Sikh family, there is also a lot of mention about religion and religious Gurus. I found this mention a little difficult to interpret as I cannot relate to the Sigh religion concepts. The readers who concur with these thoughts will find the book good.

Final Verdict
Sensitive, empathetic, and interesting!


(Reviewed by Swapna Peri)

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