Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

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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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. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. Gandhi. I would say, Thanks for those great quotes like Be the change you want to see. They've brought me tons of likes on Facebook. (No, seriously, I'd say, I've learned so much from your determination & courage).

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Bollywood dancing

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. This one, just with more bestsellers & awards and fans clamoring for me to autograph their bodies.

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.



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