CHITRA DIVAKARUNI WILL BEGIN HER BOOK TOUR OF INDIA ON JAN 16, 2017. (BEFORE WE VISIT THE GODDESS). SHE INVITES YOU TO JOIN HER IN THE FOLLOWING CITIES:
DELHI: MONDAY JAN 16, 6 PM, INDIA INTERNATIONAL HOUSE
JAIPUR: JAIPUR LIT FEST, DIGGI PALACE, JAN 20, 11:15 AM, FRONT LAWN. (DISCUSSION OF GODDESS. JAN 22, 3:45 PANEL DISCUSSION ON REWRITING HISTORY
KOLKATA TATA KALAM LIT FEST, JAN 25-28.
Divakaruni's events: JANUARY 26-Calcutta Club
11.15am: Before We Visit The Goddess: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni on her new novel.
JANUARY 26- Victoria Memorial
6pm: Chitra Katha: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni on her remarkable stories that span across centuries and continents. In conversation with Diya Kar Hazra
Jan 28-Victoria Memorial
4-15pm: Past imperfect, present tense: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni and Nayomi Munaweera discuss the memories and hopes that define stories from the diaspora.
The Calcutta Club event will need passes: please collect these from Story Bookstore Elgin Road after January 18 or from the Story festival bookstore at Mohor Kunjo between Jan 22 and 25. Limited passes will be available for guests before the event, with the TS Kalam team at the venue, before the event. NO PASSES REQUIRED FOR THE SESSIONS IN VICTORIA MEMORIAL
BANGALORE: TIMES LIT FEST: FEB 11 AND 12. DETAILS TO COME
CHENNAI: FIRST WEEK OF FEBRUARY. DETAILS TO COME
BEFORE WE VISIT THE GODDESS
...A NATIONAL BESTSELLER IN INDIA...
...BBC, USA TODAY, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, HINDUSTAN TIMES, NEWSDAY, THE HINDU, INDIA TODAY, NEW INDIAN EXPRESS, THE TELEGRAPH, SCROLL.IN AND BOOKRIOT DESCRIBE IT AS A MUST-READ BOOK...
...THE NEW YORK TIMES RECOMMENDS IT IN ITS NEW AND NOTED BOOKS...
...NOMINATED FOR ALA'S AMELIA BLOOMER LIST OF FEMINIST BOOKS...
The daughter of a poor sweet-maker in rural Bengal, India, Sabitri yearns to get an education. However, her family’s situation makes college an impossible dream. Then an influential woman from Kolkata takes Sabitri under her wing, but her generosity curdles after a single, unforgiveable 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.
In her latest novel, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni explores the relationships between mothers and daughters, and the different kinds of love that bind us across generations. Before We Visit the Goddess captures the gorgeous complexity of these multi-generational and transcontinental bonds, sweeping across the twentieth century from the countryside of Bengal, India, to the streets of Houston, Texas—an extraordinary journey told through a sparkling symphony of male and female voices.