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

A. Bollywood dancing

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. The Dalai Lama

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’s your fantasy profession?

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

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