What Obama Can Learn from India: A High-Tech Education, written for the New York Times at the time of the president's visit to India.

The Reluctant Patriot, written for the Los Angeles Times after 9/11.

The Slumdog Fight written for The Los Angeles Times as a response to the film Slumdog Millionaire. 

Put the Word in Context written for the New York TImes after Slumdog Millionaire caused many protests in India.

Uncertain Objects of Desire, an essay on the new arranged marriage, written for The Atlantic Monthly.

Dissolving Boundaries
, written for Bold Type, discussing life events that led her to write The Mistress of Spices.

What Women Share
, written for Bold Type in 1998. Discussing childhood experiences that led Divakaruni to write Sister of My Heart. In this essay she mentions her love for the heroine of the Mahabharat, Draupadi.  At this point she has no idea that ten years later, in 2008, she will publish the novel Palace of Illusions, her retelling of the Mahabharat from the point of view of Draupadi, also known as Panchaali.