3.4 Rituparna Chatterjee - How She Transformed Her Life Story Into A Magical Memoir
Tara and Michelle talk to Rituparna Chatterjee about how she uses magic realism to explore the heavy theme of child abuse in her memoir ‘The Water Phoenix’.
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Rituparna recounts how real-life events inspired her to start writing this book as a fictional story and how her editor convinced her to turn it into a memoir. She shares how readers have reached out to her with their stories of abuse. Tara enjoys the refreshing way in which Rituparna’s stepmother is portrayed in the story. Michelle loves how she has managed to keep the essence of childhood alive throughout the book. We discuss why memoirs are becoming increasingly popular among readers because ‘People love real stories’.
Why does she call herself a reluctant memoirist? How did she come up with the idea for the book cover? And did her son really edit her book? Tune in to find out!
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Rituparna Chatterjee is a writer, journalist, columnist and a former foreign correspondent for The Economic Times. For the same newspaper she writes California Dreaming, a column about her life as an immigrant mother in America. Her short stories for children have been published in various anthologies. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her son, husband and Quoisey, their samurai fish, and the dogs they puppysit. Find her book here: https://www.amazon.in/Water-Phoenix-childhood-healing-forgiveness/dp/9389000556
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