Tilo, the titular character, is a shopkeeper born in India and trained in magic, who helps customers satisfy their needs and desires with the mystical properties of spices. Her life changes when she falls for an American man named Raven, whom the book strongly implies is Native American. Unfortunately, she chooses to disregard the rules of her training in her pursuit of romance and her decision to seek out customers outside her shop, which results in the spices inflicting punishment on her and those she cares about. To save Raven from being another victim of the spices' powerful magic, she decides to leave him after one last night where they make love. Afterwards, she accepts the punishment for disregarding the rules of her training, which results in the store being destroyed in an earthquake. She survives, and she and Raven reconcile and decide to help rebuild the shop.
As a Mistress of Spices, Tilo is bound to an ancient set of rules, and consequences loom if she is to step out of the bounds of her shop and duties. Her mission is to guide her customers through the wisdom of the spices. The power of the spices is only hers to wield as long as she follows their will. But as Tilo learns to love and care for her customers, she finds maintaining a boundary and accepting the spices will is harder and harder to do.
As Tilo strays farther from the will of the spices, consequences in the lives of her customers appear, wreaking havoc on her interventions. And a new complication arises: the Mistress, who is never to engage in mortal connection, is drawn to a lonely American who looks past her gnarled hands and wrinkled face, into her eyes, her soul. The connection is powerful, and it seems an impossible desire, but in this fantastical story of beauty and strength, readers find the will to hope.
As the book unfolds, Tilo begins to weave her own desires into her use of the spices and unavoidably finds herself entering the real world where, free of the mystical powers of the First Mother, she has to make her own choices. In her actions lies a metaphor, perhaps, for the inner journey all immigrants must make as they cross the black water to America. The familiar aroma of their cherished spices is all that remains to connect them to an India whose assumptions they have--some more successfully than others--finally left behind.
Rai plays Tilo, orphaned by some unexplained regional strife in India, kidnapped by bandits and, after escaping and being washed up on a beach, finally educated, along with other girls, in the magical properties of spices by an old woman (vet Zohra Segal). Next thing we see, Tilo has moved Stateside as an adult and is running a small spice shop-cum-dispensary in Oakland.
On a remote tropical island, a girl renamed Tilottama (\"Sesame\"), Tilo for short, learned the use of spices for cuisine, healing and talismans from a wise crone (the venerable Zohra Sehgal). In contemporary Oakland, Tilo (Rai) runs a shop that dispenses healing and advice to the locals, including a Muslim cabby, a seemingly star-crossed pair of African-American lovers and a turban-baited Sikh child who is drifting into juvenile crime.
The lustrous images of piles of polychrome spices are intercut with forbidden peppers so crimson that they eventually burst into red flame. The Mistress of Spices is a look backward into a visually richer area.
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Is it the stereotypes exotic India in the strands of saffron, the yellow hues of turmeric or the fiery bite of a chilli Is it Aishwarya Rai [Images] pensively simpering, beseeching 'her' spices to 'talk' Is it the range of incoherent, empty-headed characters, like the one essayed by Padma Lakshmi [Images], who looks unexpectedly hideous Could it be Dylan McDermott, trying to look oh-so-hot but ending up laughably insipid Or is it just the fact that Paul Mayeda Berges, in all his wisdom, has faithfully translated Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's passable book into an indigestible film
Rai plays Tilo, who acquired powers of divination as a girl and, through vaguely believable twists of fate, finds herself washed ashore on what seems like a part of Kerala [Images]. There, the First Mother, played by prima donna Zora Sehgal, holds forth on the magic of spices and teaches a group of young girls how to use them to help others, in various cities across the world. Warning her not to step out of the store, not to use the spices for her own desires and never to touch the skin of anyone else, Sehgal packs Tilo off to San Francisco.
Until, preceded by the whispered warnings of the chilli (don't even ask), Doug (McDermott) has an accident right at her doorstep. And all of Tilo's hidden, denied desires come leaping forth, much to the anguish of her beloved spices. Aided by the punch of pepper, he unravels a past that has an American-Indian twist to it. She listens and falls in love. Of course, Doug and Tilo touch, leading the spices to wither, get infested with worms and backfire on the unsuspecting souls who have believed in the mistress' magic.
The story is so tedious it makes ants crawl through your brain. Situations begin to play themselves out and are cut short. Dialogues are so terrible you are torn between tears and hysterical laughter. Especially when Tilo whispers, 'talk to me, spices' or 'why are you warning me, chilli'. The soundtrack is a mish-mash of what could vaguely pass as fusion music, with a token Bally Sagoo composition.
Tilo, an immigrant from India, runs an Indian spice shop in Oakland, California. While she dispenses the classic ingredients for curries and kormas, she also helps her customers to gain a more precious commodity: whatever they most desire. For Tilo is a Mistress of Spices, a priestess of the secret, magical powers of spices.
Magical, tantalizing, and sensual, The Mistress of Spices is the story of Tilo, a young woman born in another time, in a faraway place, who is trained in the ancient art of spices and ordained as a mistress charged with special powers. Once fully initiated in a rite of fire, the now immortal Tilo--in the gnarled and arthritic body of an old woman--travels through time to Oakland, California, where she opens a shop from which she administers spices as curatives to her customers. An unexpected romance with a handsome stranger eventually forces her to choose between the supernatural life of an immortal and the vicissitudes of modern life. Spellbinding and hypnotizing, The Mistress of Spices is a tale of joy and sorrow and one special woman's magical powers.
Mistress of Spices is the tale of a vegetarian sorceress who can only hear the chilies speak if she is willing to sacrifice all chance of personal happiness. Tilo (Bollywood superstar Aishwarya Rai) is not permitted to touch another human being, or even to leave her Oakland spice shop, lest the herbs and seasonings that she sells turn against her. To make matters worse, the spices will not wreak vengeance on her directly, but rather on the customers to whose emotional and physical needs she so attentively caters.
September 28 The Mistress of Spices (USA/UK 2005) 90 min. [IMAGE]As a screen writer, Burges is well known for the smart funny scripts of Bend it Like Beckhamand Bride and Prejudice. Here he takes up his first directorial role with the same seasoned intelligence and passion for the beautiful image. Indeed, the film is simply gorgeous to gawk at, and with a San Francisco setting it is easy to feel hypnotized. As with the other films Burges has worked on, THE MISTRESS OF SPICES is a romantic comedy that aims for the good in human experience, but this time through the magic of food. And in this case it's not chocolate but Indian spices that work their savoury ways into the hearts of matter. The flawlessly skinned Aishwarya Rai is an Indian princess who shills the spices; Dylan McDermott is the good looking rich American who becomes the spicee. The film has been widely panned for being too much samosa and not enough popcorn but audiences seem to eat it up. 59ce067264