'Queen of Dreams'
FOR writer CHITRA BANNERJEE DIVAKARUNI, it is important to tell a story from a woman's perspective. In that way her latest book, Queen of Dreams, is no different. Written around the experiences of an Indian family living in California, the story spans three generations and is centred on the harrowing 9/11 events and its effect on this family. For Divakaruni, this is familiar territory and she calls it her "most ambitious novel so far". The book concentrates on the trials and tribulations of the Indian American community, their identity crisis and the larger issue of immigrants. Divakaruni is happy that Gurinder Chaddha and her husband are making her bestseller, Mistress of Spices into a film. "I have great faith in her abilities and feel that both of them will handle the book in a sensitive manner. I'm really excited about the film," said Divakaruni. Straying away from familiar territory, Divakaruni is now working on children's stories, "With my kids growing up, this is a wonderful way of sharing my experiences with them," said she.
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