The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters

The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters

The author of the Reese Witherspoon Book Club selection Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows follows her acclaimed America debut with this life-affirming, witty family drama—an Indian This Is Where I Leave You—about three Punjabi sisters embarking on a pilgrimage to their homeland to lay their mother to rest.The British-born Punjabi Shergill sisters—Rajni, Jezmeen, and Shirin...

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Title:The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters
Author:Balli Kaur Jaswal
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The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters Reviews

  • Rebecca

    Thanks to the publisher, via Edelweiss, for an advance e-galley for honest review.

    As a person with three sisters of my own, I can attest to the complicated nature of these relationships. You're different people who- like the three women in the book- have different experiences of the same family. You share some of the same DNA but you might not share secrets. And these women have secrets. Some are bigger and more life-changing than others, but all of them are travelling with the Shergill sisters.

    Thanks to the publisher, via Edelweiss, for an advance e-galley for honest review.

    As a person with three sisters of my own, I can attest to the complicated nature of these relationships. You're different people who- like the three women in the book- have different experiences of the same family. You share some of the same DNA but you might not share secrets. And these women have secrets. Some are bigger and more life-changing than others, but all of them are travelling with the Shergill sisters. They are all handling their grief over their mother's death differently, and all are worried about what happens to them when they go home. This story was by turns surprising, funny, and shocking. These sisters had a lot of healing to do and a lifetime of misunderstandings to correct, and I was utterly absorbed by their journey (both the literal and metaphorical ones). I absolutely loved it, and found it immensely satisfying- and this is one that I can imagine being a really stunning and wonderful movie!

  • Sabreena - Books and Prosecco

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    The amazing humans at

    were kind enough to send me an arc of

    in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions below are my own.

    I adored this book so much! It was so clearly written for Indian women, and the cultural details that Jaswal added in, made my

    brown butt so happy!

    This story starts with hea

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    The amazing humans at

    were kind enough to send me an arc of

    in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions below are my own.

    I adored this book so much! It was so clearly written for Indian women, and the cultural details that Jaswal added in, made my

    brown butt so happy!

    This story starts with heartbreak with the death of Sita Kaur Shergill, aka the mother of our three main characters. Her passing is the catalyst for the story, as it is her dying wish that her daughters travel to India to complete a pilgrimage and spread her ashes at Lokpal Lake where a famous Sikh temple is located.

    Rajni, Jezmeen and Shirina leave their homes in England and Melbourne and travel to India in the midst of their own personal issues. The three sisters don’t always get along, and the close quarters while traveling make for interesting interactions and intense reveals.

    As a Punjabi woman living in Canada, I completed related to the Shergills’ reactions to visiting India for the first time. The feeling of not fitting in, in a place that you are supposedly “from”, the missing connection between “home” and the “homeland”. Jaswal brilliantly portrays the feeling of wanting to feel connected to a world and culture that you also feel distant from.

    The story has some interesting twists that I did not see coming, but that many people will be able to relate to. Shirina’s story is absolutely heartbreaking, but sadly, is far too common. It is something the Indian community needs to change. We need to be better. Jezmeen’s story is insanely relatable, and I know the frightening feeling of not being enough is something so many people feel, myself included.

    We get to see a little of Rajni when she is younger, and I think many young, Indian girls feel the way she does, especially those who live outside of India. The struggles she faces, everything from racism and wanting desperately to fit in to not connecting with her culture, are so relatable to young girls all over the world. Her story when she is older is rather entertaining, but I expect it is something many mothers/parents could relate to.

    Jaswal’s writing style is extremely engaging, and if I wasn’t interrupted by a family dinner, I would have finished the book in one sitting. The story is written so you need to know what happens next, you need to read one more page, one more chapter.

    There are some amazing themes that deal with family, siblings, “tradition”, pursuing your passion, emotional abuse, and even rape culture.

    I haven’t read Jaswal’s other book,

    , but I already own it and plan to pick it up soon!

    Thanks again to HarperCollins Canada for sending me a copy of this book to read and review!

    All quotes above were taken from an advance reader’s edition of the book, and are subject to change in the final release.

  • Rebecca

    While on her deathbed, Sita asks her three daughters, Rajni, Jezmeen, and Shirina, to make a pilgrimage to India together in order to honor her memory and scatter her ashes.

    The sisters are busy with their own lives and not close, either spiritually or geographically, but still agree to make the trip together. While there, however, their agendas and interests differ, and they disagree about how closely they s

    While on her deathbed, Sita asks her three daughters, Rajni, Jezmeen, and Shirina, to make a pilgrimage to India together in order to honor her memory and scatter her ashes.

    The sisters are busy with their own lives and not close, either spiritually or geographically, but still agree to make the trip together. While there, however, their agendas and interests differ, and they disagree about how closely they should follow their mother's instructions. As you can imagine, personalities clash, disagreements occur, and secrets are revealed.

    - Rajni

    Since my mom died almost 1.5 years ago, I connected with so much of this story, and it drew me in from the very first pages. I loved the complexity of the sibling relationships and pictured how a similar trip would play out if taken by my two younger brothers and myself. How would our personalities mesh and/or clash? Would we follow our mom's wishes to the letter, or would we be too distracted by our own wishes and desires?

    - Sita to her daughters in her trip notes

    Google was definitely my friend while reading this book so I could learn more about the Sikh references, and because I just had to visualize the places they visited. I liked how the author sprinkled some humor throughout the story in order to balance out the heavy subject matter. While reading, I laughed out, teared up several times, and cried twice near the end. This was a very powerful read for me.

    Location: India

    I received an advance copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

  • Jennifer

    Sisters: Rajni, Jezmeen, and Shirina have been tasked with completing a week pilgrimage to India on behalf of their mother who deeply wanted to go when she was alive. Their mother organized a list of

    Sisters: Rajni, Jezmeen, and Shirina have been tasked with completing a week pilgrimage to India on behalf of their mother who deeply wanted to go when she was alive. Their mother organized a list of places for them to visit as she suspected the experience would enrich them in a variety of ways. Little did she know just how life-changing this would be for her very lost daughters. True to most books about sisters, they find themselves and each other in the process.

    I so enjoyed The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters. I loved watching these three women navigate their family's country as first-time visitors. This created a fascinating element where the sisters could confront negative cultural expectations while simultaneously understand how a male-dominated environment might have impacted their mother and the other women in their family. Oh, insight. How lovely thou art.

    Themes related to family, tradition, gender inequality, and taking control of one's life created an interesting and engaging reading experience that is just as humorous as it is heartwarming. I hope you have a chance to read it. Check it out!

  • MRIDULA

    |4.5 stars|

    Sometimes we come across a book that feels like a journey in itself. This is one such story. By the end of the book, the Shergill sisters felt like people I have always known. They felt real and all the 'adventures' they were a part of, I found myself alongside them.

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    Rajni, Jezmeen and Shirina, the three sisters who are poles apart by nature and have different kinds of crisis to deal with, are brought together by their mother. Their mother, while lying on her deathbed had one wish- th

    |4.5 stars|

    Sometimes we come across a book that feels like a journey in itself. This is one such story. By the end of the book, the Shergill sisters felt like people I have always known. They felt real and all the 'adventures' they were a part of, I found myself alongside them.

    .

    Rajni, Jezmeen and Shirina, the three sisters who are poles apart by nature and have different kinds of crisis to deal with, are brought together by their mother. Their mother, while lying on her deathbed had one wish- the three sisters undertake a pilgrimage to India on her behalf and learn about their culture and religion.

    India, as it turned out, was a land full of surprises. A plan that went out of hand because of impulsive decisions, life crisis and so on.

    .

    While I'll leave you to read more about these adventures when you pick this book up, this journey was not just about moving from one place to another but one that left an impact at a spiritual level.

    'Jaiswal's' writing highlights the importance of understanding the difference between tradition and modern beliefs among immigrants and what it is to travel in India in search of Spirituality, pilgrimage, and one's true religion. The author expertly uses the vulnerability of the characters, unfamiliar settings, and the bong better sisters to weave this brilliant and evocative adventure. You are in for a treat.

  • eyes.2c

    Luminous!

    A journey undertaken by the British Punjabi sisters Rajni, Jezmeen, and Shirnia to scatter their mothers ashes in India becomes a pilgrimage towards love, understanding and acceptance, and a reworking of the bond that threads sisters together.

    Three Sikh sisters reunite to meet their mother last request and in doing so uncover so much more.

    A stunning story of family, that also uncovers practices and prevalent attitudes towards women, touching on inheritance, the bias against female babie

    Luminous!

    A journey undertaken by the British Punjabi sisters Rajni, Jezmeen, and Shirnia to scatter their mothers ashes in India becomes a pilgrimage towards love, understanding and acceptance, and a reworking of the bond that threads sisters together.

    Three Sikh sisters reunite to meet their mother last request and in doing so uncover so much more.

    A stunning story of family, that also uncovers practices and prevalent attitudes towards women, touching on inheritance, the bias against female babies, along with tenets of faith and devotion, and the tension these attributes bring for the more modern woman.

    Jezmeen, the actress who seems to go on free-for-all binges and rants that have her worst moments captured on YouTube.

    Rajni, the eldest sister who is responsible, uptight and disapproving.

    Shirnia, who hides a secret that will be exposed, and in that exposure finds the support and acceptance she so desperately craves.

    As the journey continues, the sisters' relationship become more transparent and some of the past becomes clear.

    I loved these sisters' interactions, the exposure of their fears and desires, their past hurts and their growing together. I laughed and I cried for the complexities and the many misunderstandings, countered by moments of joy and empathy, as their pilgrimage became a homage to their mother's wisdom and their return to each other.

    Wonderful!

    A Harper Collins ARC via NetGalley

  • Sahitya

    After reading Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows and really enjoying it, I was so excited to receive the ARC for this one. This book turned out to be quite different from what I was expecting but it was nevertheless, a very interesting read.

    Rajni is the eldest sister, a school principal who likes rules and everything to be in an orderly fashion. However, she was not always like this and things that happened in her past completely changed her attitude and now when things are again uncertain in her

    After reading Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows and really enjoying it, I was so excited to receive the ARC for this one. This book turned out to be quite different from what I was expecting but it was nevertheless, a very interesting read.

    Rajni is the eldest sister, a school principal who likes rules and everything to be in an orderly fashion. However, she was not always like this and things that happened in her past completely changed her attitude and now when things are again uncertain in her life, she is not sure how to handle everything. Jezmeen is a struggling actress who’s just lost her job and gone infamously viral. She also has always been a rebel and resists every attempt by Rajni to follow their pilgrimage schedule and resents her sister for being so strict. Shirina has always tried to be the perfect daughter but felt too invisible in her own home and being scared of any confrontations has left her as the person who always adjusts and makes sure everyone else is happy. I could relate to some parts of each of these sisters and it made the reading experience quite surreal - sometimes nostalgic and sometimes even uncomfortable.

    The writing is as usual very engaging. The author uses the stories of these three sisters to give us a picture of immigrant life in Britain, the clash of cultures between traditional parents and their British born kids and sometimes, even the second generation immigrant kids. Through the trip that the characters take, we see a different view of India too - how the noise and crowds can sometimes feel overwhelming; even after so much development, how the sexism and misogyny is so ingrained that it manifests in everyday little things; how female foeticide in parts of India is still rampant and sometimes, these ideas don’t disappear just because someone has immigrated to a more modern country. The author also manages to give us a nuanced portrait of the relationship between three sisters - who were not close while growing up and even held resentments towards each other, but being in close proximity after the death of their mother forces them to acknowledge their issues and maybe pave the way for a better relationship going forward. It’s also great to see them have each other’s back despite any lingering issues.

    This book is a very interesting portrayal of family dynamics and sisterhood, traditional vs modern thinking and how it affects our everyday life. It’s a very honest picture of three sister’s lives told with drama, humor and mystery which makes for a fascinating read. I would definitely recommend this one if you enjoyed the author’s previous book and are interested in depictions of the myriad of issues that women face in everyday life.

  • Kate

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    This is the story of three sisters who's mothers dying wish is for them to return journey to India to scatter her ashes. The sisters are not close and are quite different people. It's their mothers hope that this trip will bring them together. They all have chaos going on in their lives before they embark on their adventure and each have different expectations of how it should go.

    I thought this was a cute and lighter read. I found

    For more of my book content check out

    This is the story of three sisters who's mothers dying wish is for them to return journey to India to scatter her ashes. The sisters are not close and are quite different people. It's their mothers hope that this trip will bring them together. They all have chaos going on in their lives before they embark on their adventure and each have different expectations of how it should go.

    I thought this was a cute and lighter read. I found this got off to a bit of a slow start but picked up nicely once learning more about the sisters individually. And then watching them work through their emotional baggage makes you keep reading. Sibling angst intertwined with culture and tradition made for intriguing characters. I was captivated by the setting. It gives a very real impression of India and the culture there. I havent yet read Erotic Stories For Punjabi Widows but after reading this I definitely want to. I like this authors writing style.

    Thank You to the Publisher for sending me this ARC.

  • Kate ☀️ Olson

    (free review copy) Travel + sisters + some secrets to unravel = a captivating and heartwarming story! I loved Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows and enjoyed this one just as much.

  • Ameema Saeed

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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