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Kaveri’s dilemma of being a 30 year old virgin was inspired by a friend of mine. But her experiences and adventures are pure imagination.

Madhuri Banerjee (Author)

As an author I like challenging myself. I have been writing about romance from a woman’s perspective for a long time and I just wanted to challenge myself and do something different and spin it around from a man’s perspective.

Madhuri Banerjee (Author)

A clingy girlfriend is insecure and possessive and that was what Radha is for me. I think a psycho girlfriend would do more violent things. I did not want to bring terror or violence into the story.

Madhuri Banerjee (Author)

I actually go into the world of the imagination as I write. I like to write in a quiet space in my study with no outside stimulus.

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

My stories deal with people of various racial backgrounds, but it is true that I am most interested in writing about Indians or Indian Americans. My deepest knowledge is of the Indian psyche. My stories are often set in America, so they often depict Indians in an American landscape.

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

It was easy for me to get a publisher as a friend recommended that I send my entire manuscript to someone she knew in Penguin. She happened to love my book and passed it on to The Metro Reads editor who called me to discuss a contract. I had simultaneously sent it to Harper Collins but I never heard from them. I guess luck was on my side with Penguin!

Madhuri Banerjee (Author)

My second book is on short quirky love stories and my third book is about the modern day Sita. I'm also planning a series on my protagonist Kaveri from Losing My Virginity and Other Dumb Ideas.

Madhuri Banerjee (Author)

Simple and happy relationships don't make the best stories

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

The bottom line: relationships are like Dilli ka laddu. You long for them when you don't have them, and hopefully you enjoy them when you get them, at least some of the time, but there are always drawbacks and compromises, too!

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

There are many kinds of women, and therefore many kinds of healthy relationships. But yes, I think it is important to have all these sides to our personalities. when what is allowed to women is too narrow, it will create all kinds of subterfuge, leading to repression,which is not healthy for a society overall.

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

What I have really enjoyed as I have read and studied multi-cultural authors is that they see the world in a slightly different way because they come from different cultures.

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

When we read their books, our own narrow interpretations of what literature must be breaks down and we see that it is possible to tell a story in several other ways.

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

I definitely identify with these women, and even with women who are complicated, and not altogether positive, such as Mrs. Bose in Oleander Girl. I imagine my characters vividly, and go deep into their psyche, in order to write them.

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Yes, once I wrote Palace I wanted to write the story of Sita because I feel that the character of Sita has so much resonance in our culture.

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

I came from a traditional family and it was an exciting but challenging transition to move to America and live on my own. The world around me was suddenly so different.

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

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