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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is the award-winning author of many books, including The Mistress of Spices, Sister of My Heart, and One Amazing Thing. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, and The New York Times. Born in India, she currently lives in Texas and teaches in the nationally ranked Creative Writing program at the University of Houston.

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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is the award-winning author of many books, including The Mistress of Spices, Sister of My Heart, and One Amazing Thing. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, and The New York Times. Born in India, she currently lives in Texas and teaches in the nationally ranked Creative Writing program at the University of Houston.

Photograph by Murthy Divakaruni

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Oleander Girl by Chitra Divakaruni

From the bestselling author of One Amazing Thing, a sweeping, suspenseful, atmospheric coming-of-age novel about a young woman who leaves India for America on a search that will transform her life.

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My Life in 8 Words

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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Ancora Imparo--Still I am Learning (from Michelangelo)

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Imagine, Let It Be, Hotel California, any bhajans (spiritual songs) by M.S. Subbulakshmi, sacred Sanskrit chants

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. I like being myself. Maybe just slimmer, with a few less wrinkles.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. That one day I'll get to my computer, and I won't be able to write anymore

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. pizza

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