About the author

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is an award-winning and bestselling author, poet, activist and teacher of writing. Her work has been published widely, in magazines and anthologies, and her books have been translated into twenty-nine languages. She has written many amazing novels including “The Palace of Illusions”, “Mistress of Spice”, “Sister of My Heart” and much more. Her work has been published in over 50 magazines, and her writing has been included in over 50 anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories, the O. Henry Prize Stories and the Pushcart Prize Anthology. Several of her works have been made into films and plays. She lives in Houston with her husband Murthy and has two sons, Anand and Abhay.

Book launch

Chitra Divakaruni is coming to Delhi on 21 January 2019 exclusively to launch her new book The Forest of Enchantments published by HarperCollins. The book is based on the Indian epic the Ramayana, which the author re-tells from the point of view of the main female character, Sita.

Time: 3.00 PM
Date: Monday, ‎January ‎21, ‎2019
Venue: Multipurpose Hall, India International Centre,
       40 Max Mueller Marg, New Delhi - 110003


The Forest of Enchantments

The Ramayana, one of the world’s greatest epics, is also a tragic love story. In this brilliant retelling, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni places Sita at the centre of the novel: this is Sita’s version. The Forest of Enchantments is also a very human story of some of the other women in the epic, often misunderstood and relegated to the margins: Kaikeyi, Surpanakha, Mandodari. A powerful comment on duty, betrayal, infidelity and honour, it is also about women’s struggle to retain autonomy in a world that privileges men, as Chitra transforms an ancient story into a gripping, contemporary battle of wills. While the Ramayana resonates even today, she makes it more relevant than ever, in the underlying questions in the novel: How should women be treated by their loved ones? What are their rights in a relationship? When does a woman need to stand up and say, ‘Enough!’

A moving meditation on love in its many forms, The Forest of Enchantments proves once again why Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni remains an unparalleled storyteller.

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