Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is an award-winning author and poet. Her themes include the Indian experience, contemporary America, women, immigration, history, myth, and the joys and challenges of living in a multicultural world. 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 29 languages, including Dutch, Hebrew, Hindi and Japanese. Divakaruni also writes for children and young adults.Her novels One Amazing Thing, Oleander Girl, Sister of My Heart and Palace of Illusions are currently in the process of being made into movies. http://www.chitradivakaruni.com/books.... Her ne ...more

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Arranged Marriage

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Before We Visit the Goddess

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I Dream of Sita

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My novel about the Ramayana is about to come out soon in India. In January 2019, to be precise.

It’s written in Sita’s voice.

I’ve been planning this book for about ten years, ever since my novel on the Mahabharat, The Palace of Illusions, was published. It’s the longest I’ve ever spent obsessing over a book.

I was very excited when I finally figured out the title, The Forest of Enchantmen

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The fate of peoples is made like this, two men in small rooms. Forget the coronations, the conclaves of cardinals, the pomp and processions. This is how the world changes: a counter pushed across a table, a pen stroke that alters the force of a ph
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Sorry, my Bengali is not good enough, as I have mostly lived outside Bengal and did not study in a Bengali school. But some of my books have been translated into Bengali.
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“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.”
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“Each day has a color, a smell.”
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“I am buoyant and expansive and uncontainable--but I always was so, only I never knew it!”
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