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About Chitra Banerjee

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's work 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, including The Best American Short Stories, the O.Henry Prize Stories and the Pushcart Prize Anthology. Two of her books- The Mistress of Spices and Sister of My Heart, have been made into movies. Divakaruni also teaches in the nationally ranked Creative Writing program at the University of Houston.

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  • When you started out, was that an issue? Were you told men won’t read your books?
  • You’ve also said that “immigration made you into a writer". Do you think it’s becoming easier for young people now when we’re all so connected?
  • Some of your books focus on the search of the self. Is this a recurring theme on purpose?
  • Was that a conscious decision when you started out, that these are the stories you want to write and this is the audience you want to write for?
  • How you get your ideas and how do you take out the time to write?
  • In most of your stories that I have read, the women struggle, there is grief and angst. Do you think that this is the reason that women relate to your books, as grief and heartache is a universal theme?
  • You always give your readers a strong sense of place, be it through imagery, scents, music. How do you achieve this and why you think it is important to storytelling?
  • What motivates you to keep writing?
  • With excessive writing in your schedule, what does your routine look like?
  • Do you believe a character’s consciousness in fiction is coloured by his or her gender?
  • Is there a translation process since your mother tongue is Bengali?
  • Which form of writing is the most difficult?
  • How did the love story between Draupadi and Karna come to you?

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