Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni to promote new book in India

Author of Before We Visit the Goddess to Delhi, Jaipur, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Chennai.

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Chitra Divakaruni (Courtesy of her official website)

Prominent Indian American author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni will tour India starting January 16 to promote her latest novel, Before We Visit the Goddess.

The award-winning author and poet will be visiting Delhi, Jaipur, Kolkata, Bengaluru and promote the book, which came out last April, she announced via Twitter.

One of the Houston-based writer’s main stops in India will be the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, which begins on January 20. The JLF, which will celebrate its 10th year, brings acclaimed authors from across the world to participate in provocative discussion about art, society and life in general.

In Kolkata, Divakaruni will be speaking at the Tata Steel Kalam on January 26.

Before We Visit the Goddess tells the story of Sabitri, the daughter of a Bengali sweet-maker, who wants to get an education, but could not because of her family’s situation. Here’s more about the work from the writer’s website:

“Then an influential woman from Kolkata takes Sabitri under her wing, but her generosity curdles after a single, unforgivable misstep. Years later, Sabitri’s daughter, Bela, haunted by her mother’s choices, flees to America with her political refugee lover, only to find the country—and love—vastly different from her imaginings. Forced to forge her own path, Bela unwittingly imprints her own child, Tara, with dangerous lessons about adulthood that will take a lifetime to unlearn.”

The Kolktata-born Divakaruni began her career as a poet. Two of her works have also had film adaptations, The Mistress of Spices and Sister of My Heart.

The Economic Times named Divakaruni on their list of “Twenty Most Influential Global Indian Women” in 2015.


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