Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni AUTHOR: PURVEYOR OF A NEW WORLD
Travel+Leisure India|March 2021
She is known for retelling Indian epics from the perspective of their female characters. Currently a resident of Texas, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni talks to ADILA MATRA about the outsider’s gaze, her latest book, feminism in Indian literature, and unique travel experiences.
ADILA MATRA

All your stories revolve around strong women. Who is your inspiration?

My mother was a strong inspiration. She brought us up pretty much on her own and struggled to give us a good education. She was a teacher and believed in the value of learning. She always wanted to be a writer, but the world did not give her an opportunity. Perhaps I am fulfilling that part of her dream.

How did you get introduced to Hindu mythology and what made you retell it?

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