Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is an award-winning author and poet. Her work is widely known, as she has been published in over 50 magazines, including the Atlantic Monthly and The New Yorker, and her writing has been included in over 50 anthologies. Her works have been translated into 20 languages, including Dutch, Hebrew and Japanese.Her newest novel is Oleander Girl (Simon and Schuster, 2013)

She was born in India and lived there until 1976, at which point she left Calcutta and came to the United States. She continued her education in the field of English by receiving a Master’s degree from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Although my husband Murthy and I are both Indian, I come from Bengal and he from the state of Andhra Pradesh, and our cuisines are different in many ways. Marriage to him, in fact, has made me realize how diverse the culture of India is, a fact that I’ve tried to explore in novels such as One Amazing Thing and Oleander Girl.

Over the years, I’ve learned to cook several of the comfort dishes tha...

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April 2009, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
"Impassioned and inventive, Nobel Prize winner Neruda is a poet who stays on your mind. His intense love poems created a bit of a scandal when Twenty Love Poems was published, but in this book he writes out of a different kind of love: love for the ordinary objects of this world, objects we so often take for granted: an artichoke, onions, soap, his own socks." ...More

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Oleander Girl by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
“It feels as though it were just yesterday Grandfather exited my life like a bullet, leaving a bleeding hole behind.”
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Oleander Girl by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
“Asif Ali maneuvers the gleaming Mercedes down the labyrinthine lanes of Old Kolkata with consummate skill, but his passengers do not notice how smoothly he avoids potholes, cows and beggars, how skilfully he sails through aging yellow lights to get the Bose family to their destination on time. This disappoints Asif only a little. In his six years of chauffeuring the rich and callous, he has realized that, to them, servants are invisible.”
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Oleander Girl by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

What a wonderful read...

Seventeen-year old Korobi Roy (named after a variety of Oleander), though orphaned at birth, has always known the love of her grandparents. Her life is filled with tradition and the stability of India and time. Yet Korobi f..." Read more of this review »
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"I was completely entranced by this book- the details, the story, the situations- it takes you into a different world, a world of customs, traditions and the good old indian way of life. Being an indian born and brought up in the U.S., I related to..." Read more of this review »
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"I don't give a 5 star rating lightly; the book has to really touch me in a way that is difficult for me to describe. I enjoyed this book all the way through but it was more than just that. This is a quality read. Oleander Girl is a story of a youn..." Read more of this review »
" Thanks Mal and other friends for participating--and for reading my books. I'm going to say goodbye for now. Please remember, you can always continue t ...more "
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“I am buoyant and expansive and uncontainable--but I always was so, only I never knew it!”
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, The Palace of Illusions

“Each day has a color, a smell.”
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, The Mistress of Spices

“Love comes like lightning, and disappears the same way. If you are lucky, it strikes you right. If not, you'll spend your life yearning for a man you can't have.”
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, The Palace of Illusions


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