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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

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

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

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. I'm too careful with money--comes out of being poor for several years while growing up

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. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. The Rani of Jhansi, an Indian freedom fighter

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. I hate it when people throw away food--I've seen too many hungry people

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