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100 Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: India lends itself well to fictionalization, but ultimately, it all depends on the writer's imagination. India lends itself well to fictionalization, but ultimately, it all depends on the writer's imagination.
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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: Open yourself to the sight, and it will show you what you need to know. Open yourself to the sight, and it will show you what you need to know. But never attempt to bend it to your will. Never pry into a particular life that has been brought to your care. That is to break trust.
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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: Even the wisest don't know what's hidden in the depths of their being Even the wisest don't know what's hidden in the depths of their being
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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: Pain, which is ultimately only like itself. Pain, which is ultimately only like itself.
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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: I closed my eyes and willed my breath to slow, my conscious mind to fold I closed my eyes and willed my breath to slow, my conscious mind to fold itself inward. I could feel heat pulsing from my daughter's head, her frantic thoughts whirling like broken glass. I loosened my hold on my body and dropped into that whirlpool.
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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: O exhilaration, I thought. To be lifted up through the eye of chaos, to balance O exhilaration, I thought. To be lifted up through the eye of chaos, to balance breath-stopped on the edge of nothing. And the plunge that would follow, the shattering of my matchstick body to smithereens, the bones flying free as foam, the heart finally released.
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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: How can I forgive if you are not ready to give up that which caused How can I forgive if you are not ready to give up that which caused you to stumble?
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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: Because ultimately only the witness and not the actors knows the truth (Vyasa to Draupadi) Because ultimately only the witness
and not the actors
knows the truth (Vyasa to Draupadi)
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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: Once I heard my mother say that each of us lives in a separate universe, Once I heard my mother say that each of us lives in a separate universe, one we have dreamed into being. We love pople when their dream coincides with ours, the way two cutout designs laid one on top of the other might match. But dream worlds are not static like cutouts; sooner or later they change shape, leading to misunderstanding, loneliness and loss of love.
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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: As a writer, I have to show complexities. Through my writings, I hope to bring As a writer, I have to show complexities. Through my writings, I hope to bring out people in different situations and not just one-dimensional beings.
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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: The dream is not a drug but a way. Listen to where it can take The dream is not a drug but a way. Listen to where it can take you.
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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: She who sows vengeance must reap its bloody fruit. She who sows vengeance must reap its bloody fruit.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: The choice they made in the moment of my need changed something in our relationship. The choice they made in the moment of my need changed something in our relationship. I no longer depended on them so completely in the future. And when I took care to guard myself from hurt, it was as much from them as from our enemies.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: Everyone has a story. I don't believer anyone can go through life without encountering at Everyone has a story. I don't believer anyone can go through life without encountering at least one amazing thing.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: Fennel, which is the spice for Wednesdays, the day of averages, of middle-aged people ... Fennel, which is the spice for Wednesdays, the day of averages, of middle-aged people ... Fennel ... smelling of changes to come.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: Never choose something because it's easier. Never choose something because it's easier.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: I wrote 'Mistress of Spices' at an unusual time when I had a near-death experience I wrote 'Mistress of Spices' at an unusual time when I had a near-death experience after the birth of my second son.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: Bela had thought she knew what love felt like, but when she saw Sanjay at Bela had thought she knew what love felt like, but when she saw Sanjay at the airport after six long months, her heart gave a great, hurtful lurch, as though it were trying to leap out of her body to meet him. This, she thought. This is it. But it was only part of the truth. She would learn over the next years that love can feel a lot of different ways, and sometimes it can hurt a lot more.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: Strong women, when respected, make the whole society stronger. One must be careful with such Strong women, when respected, make the whole society stronger. One must be careful with such rapid changes, though, and make an effort to preserve, at the same time, the positive traditions of Indian culture.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: I was about 12 when I first encountered 'The Moonstone' - or a Classics Illustrated I was about 12 when I first encountered 'The Moonstone' - or a Classics Illustrated version of it - digging through an old trunk in my grandfather's house on a rainy Bengali afternoon.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: Good daughters are fortunate lamps, brightening the family's name. Wicked daughters are firebrands, blackening the Good daughters are fortunate lamps, brightening the family's name. Wicked daughters are firebrands, blackening the family's fame.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: Who held his cries in until red swam behind his eyelids like bleeding stars. Who held his cries in until red swam behind his eyelids like bleeding stars.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: I liked his voice, rich and unself-conscious even when he forgot words and hummed to I liked his voice, rich and unself-conscious even when he forgot words and hummed to fill in the gap. What I didn't understand, I imagined, and thus it became a love song.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: Can our actions change our destiny? Or are they like sand piled against the breakage Can our actions change our destiny? Or are they like sand piled against the breakage in a dam, merely delaying the inevitable?
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: If you look back at the great classics and the epics and myths, they were If you look back at the great classics and the epics and myths, they were for everyone. Different people got different things from them, but everyone was invited to participate.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: I have been watching how Indian women are forced to do certain things, as the I have been watching how Indian women are forced to do certain things, as the stories of sacrifice and devotion in mythology demand from them. And then there are inspiring stories about women like the Rani of Jhansi that offer women refreshing role models.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: A well-meaning man, Dhai Ma liked to say, is more dangerous because he believes in A well-meaning man, Dhai Ma liked to say, is more dangerous because he believes in the rightness of what he does. Give me an honest rascal any day!
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: Hi mam I am Divya studying 2nd year English I am doing research about you Hi mam I am Divya studying 2nd year English I am doing research about you so please tell me the relation of Anand in Conch series which compared to foreign culture
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: Dissolving differences has always been an important motive for my writing, right from 'The Mistress Dissolving differences has always been an important motive for my writing, right from 'The Mistress of Spices.'
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: There was an unexpected freedom in finding out that one wasn't as important as one There was an unexpected freedom in
finding out that one wasn't as important as one had always assumed!
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: I am a Hindu, brought up mostly in India. I am a Hindu, brought up mostly in India.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: When your heart is crusted over with your own pain, it is easy to feel When your heart is crusted over with your own pain, it is easy to feel little for others.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: What is the nature of life?Life is lines of dominoes falling.One thing leads to another, What is the nature of life?
Life is lines of dominoes falling.
One thing leads to another, and then another, just like you'd planned. But suddenly a Domino gets skewed, events change direction, people dig in their heels, and you're faced with a situation that you didn't see coming, you who thought you were so clever.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: The wind blows through him, cleansing. Salt and distance, smell of the deep. The wind blows through him, cleansing. Salt and distance, smell of the deep.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: What is the most wondrous thing on earth? Each day countless humans enter the Temple What is the most wondrous thing on earth? Each day countless humans enter the Temple of Death, yet the ones left behind continue to live as though they were immortal ... In
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: Love. There's no argument, no matter how strong, that can overcome that word. Love. There's no argument, no matter how strong, that can overcome that word.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: I want people to be sensitive about how women feel and think. I want people to be sensitive about how women feel and think.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: I guess there's a lot we hope for that never happens. I guess there's a lot we hope for that never happens.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: I work very hard at creating complex characters, a mix of positives and negatives. They I work very hard at creating complex characters, a mix of positives and negatives. They are all flawed. I believe flaws are almost universal, and they help us understand, sympathise and, paradoxically, feel closer to such characters.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: Danger will come upon us when it will. We can't stop it. We can only Danger will come upon us when it will. We can't stop it. We can only try to be prepared. There's no point in looking ahead to that danger and suffering its effects even before it comes to us.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: To upset the delicate axis of giving and receiving on which our lives are held To upset the delicate axis of giving and receiving on which our lives are held precarious.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: I thought that if lokas existed at all, good women would surely go to one I thought that if lokas existed at all, good women would surely go to one where men were not allowed so that they could be finally free of male demands.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: I am buoyant and expansive and uncontainablebut I always was so, only I never knew I am buoyant and expansive and uncontainable
but I always was so, only I never knew it!
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: To make money for college, I worked in our college dining room. To make money for college, I worked in our college dining room.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: 'The Moonstone' was all I could have hoped for. A mysterious, cursed jewel, wrested from 'The Moonstone' was all I could have hoped for. A mysterious, cursed jewel, wrested from India, only to be stolen later from a great British mansion. Enigmatic, dangerous priests who follow it across the ocean in hopes of wresting it back.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: Your childhood hunger is the one that never leaves you. Your childhood hunger is the one that never leaves you.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: Ah, now I have learned how deep in the human heart vanity lies, vanity which Ah, now I have learned how deep in the human heart vanity lies, vanity which is the other face of the fear of being unloved.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: I've been interested in dreams myself for a long time, and it's a big part I've been interested in dreams myself for a long time, and it's a big part of the Indian tradition, especially where I was brought up in Calcutta in my family, which is quite traditional.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: Above us our palace waits, the only one I've ever needed. Its walls are space, Above us our palace waits, the only one I've ever needed. Its walls are space, its floor is sky, its center everywhere. We rise; the shapes cluster around us in welcome, dissolving and forming again like fireflies in a summer evening.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: After September 11, 2001, I was feeling like I really wanted more understanding between cultures. After September 11, 2001, I was feeling like I really wanted more understanding between cultures. It seemed to me that so much of what happened on September 11 was because people didn't understand each other and were suspicious of each other.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: Often, writer's block will occur when I don't understand a character or his/her motivations. So Often, writer's block will occur when I don't understand a character or his/her motivations. So I will make notes analysing characters.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: I was very fortunate that all my holidays I'd spend with my grandfather, experiencing a I was very fortunate that all my holidays I'd spend with my grandfather, experiencing a much more traditional way of life and listening to these wonderful stories, which I now feel are such an important part of Indian thinking.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: I'm too careful with money - comes out of being poor for several years while I'm too careful with money - comes out of being poor for several years while growing up.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: She lifts her eyes, and there is Death in the corner, but not like a She lifts her eyes, and there is Death in the corner, but not like a king with his iron crown, as the epics claimed. Why, it is a giant brush loaded with white paint. It descends upon her with gentle suddenness, obliterating the shape of the world.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: I love visual art. I painted for many years when I was younger. I have I love visual art. I painted for many years when I was younger. I have studied modern/contemporary Indian art a bit and am very impressed with the talent in India.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: I had friends who died in the 9/11 tragedy; some of my friends lost family I had friends who died in the 9/11 tragedy; some of my friends lost family members in the aftermath of Godhra.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: After the fire, when I'd tried to express my gratitude for their kindness to our After the fire, when I'd tried to express my gratitude for their kindness to our customers, they'd been awkward, uncomfortable. My father had had to explain to me that giving thanks is not a common practice in India.
'Then how do you know if people appreciated what you did?' I'd asked.
'Do you really need to know?' my father had asked back.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: In the white marble hall of the hotel, I'm waltzing with Rajat. The music is In the white marble hall of the hotel, I'm waltzing with Rajat. The music is a river and we're dancing in it. It winds against our bodies, muscular as a serpent.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: Two great and terrible truths of war are these: War is easy to enter into, Two great and terrible truths of war are these: War is easy to enter into, but difficult to end. And ultimately, in war there are no winners.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: That's how it is sometimes when we plunge into the depths of our lives. No That's how it is sometimes when we plunge into the depths of our lives. No one can accompany us, not even those who would give up their hearts for our happiness.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: I interviewed a lot of people in India, and I asked my mother to send I interviewed a lot of people in India, and I asked my mother to send me a lot of Bengali books on the tradition of dream interpretation. It's a real way for me to remember how people think about things in my culture.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: In community work, you reach some people, but in writing, I can reach many more In community work, you reach some people, but in writing, I can reach many more people, not only in exploring issues of domestic violence, but also by showing the importance of strong women in communities.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: You could also call it waking,' Krishna continues. 'Or intermission, as one scene in a You could also call it waking,' Krishna continues. 'Or intermission, as one scene in a play ends and the next hasn't yet begun.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: Sometimes what is 'real' because it takes place in the physical world, like 9/11, is Sometimes what is 'real' because it takes place in the physical world, like 9/11, is so unreal on the level of the soul. Then other things, which in terms of the physical world seem so magical and unbelievable, on the level of the soul seem very real.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: It feels as though it were just yesterday Grandfather exited my life like a bullet, It feels as though it were just yesterday Grandfather exited my life like a bullet, leaving a bleeding hole behind.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: Immigration was a huge force in changing my outlook. I moved to America 30 years Immigration was a huge force in changing my outlook. I moved to America 30 years ago. I had to reassess my beliefs, especially about women's roles.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: The Mahabharata might have been a great and heroic battle, but there are no winners. The Mahabharata might have been a great and heroic battle, but there are no winners. The losers, of course, lose.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: Sometimes I wonder if there is such a thing as reality, an objective and untouched Sometimes I wonder if there is such a thing as reality, an objective and untouched nature of being. Or if all that we encounter has already been changed by what we had imagined it to be. If we have dreamed it into being.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: Pain makes us crazy. All we want is to throw the live coal of it Pain makes us crazy. All we want is to throw the live coal of it as far from us as we can, not thinking what we might set afire.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: It's different for different people, and for a woman it's important to look as good It's different for different people, and for a woman it's important to look as good she wants to look. But you don't need to do it for someone else or to impress some male out there. You do it for your own sake. You wear what makes you feel good, you put make-up and jewellery - whatever gives you self-confidence.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: Knowing yet not knowing is a strange sensation, like being split in two Knowing yet not knowing is a strange sensation, like being split in two
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: In the temple, I sit on the cool floor next to Grandfather, beneath the stern In the temple, I sit on the cool floor next to Grandfather, beneath the stern benevolence of the goddess's glance. Grandfather is clad in only a traditional silk dhoti
no fancy modern clothes for him. That's one of the things I admire about him, how he is always unapologetically, uncompromisingly himself. His spine is erect and impatient; white hairs blaze across his chest.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: I tried to hold on to this compassion, sensing its preciousness, but even as I I tried to hold on to this compassion, sensing its preciousness, but even as I reached to grasp it, it dissipated into wisps. No revelation can endure unless it is bolstered by a calm pure mind- and I'm afraid I didn't possess that.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: With the strong women I write about, I want to create a sense of strong With the strong women I write about, I want to create a sense of strong possibilities.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: Made to the other women when I joined them at night. The pleasures that arise Made to the other women when I joined them at night. The pleasures that arise from sense-objects are bound to end, and thus they are only sources of pain. Don't get attached to them.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: Why are you attracted to self-sabotage? I Why are you attracted to self-sabotage? I
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: The darkness is a cresting wave. It sweeps me up out of my body until The darkness is a cresting wave. It sweeps me up out of my body until I float among the stars, those tine bright pores on the sky's skin. If only I could pass through them, I would end up on the other side, the right side, shadowless, perfectly illuminated, beyond the worries of this mundane world
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: But truth, when it's being lived, is less glamorous than our imaginings. But truth, when it's being lived, is less glamorous than our imaginings.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: Each person is distinct, separate. That ultimately we are each alone Each person is distinct, separate. That ultimately we are each alone
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: I have a variety of readers from across the diasporic community, not just from South I have a variety of readers from across the diasporic community, not just from South Asia. I like to write large stories that include all of us - about common and cohesive experiences which bring together many immigrants, their culture shocks, transformations, concepts of home and self in a new land.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: The mark of a wise man is that he changes his mind when he sees The mark of a wise man is that he changes his mind when he sees mistake.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: When I was volunteering with Hurricane Katrina refugees in Houston in 2005, I first started When I was volunteering with Hurricane Katrina refugees in Houston in 2005, I first started thinking about the whole phenomenon of grace under pressure.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: I came into Chicago in winter - I'd never been so cold in my life! I came into Chicago in winter - I'd never been so cold in my life! I was very homesick, and a poor student at that time. America seemed so different and so filled with amazing things - and almost all of them were out of my reach.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: By the time we're adults, our ideas have solidified. So I wanted to write for By the time we're adults, our ideas have solidified. So I wanted to write for a younger audience, who would perhaps love heroes from other cultures.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: The ancient world is always accessible, no matter what culture you come from. I remember The ancient world is always accessible, no matter what culture you come from. I remember when I was growing up in India and I read the 'Iliad' and the 'Odyssey.'
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: Each day has a color, a smell. Each day has a color, a smell.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: I realise that a novel and a film are different mediums. As artistes, we need I realise that a novel and a film are different mediums. As artistes, we need to respect other artistes. It also needs a lot of courage to take risks to experiment and interpret known literary works.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: My favorite part was when my grandfather and I would make a special trip to My favorite part was when my grandfather and I would make a special trip to Firpo's Bakery for red and green Christmas cookies and fruitcake studded with the sweetest cherries I've ever tasted. Usually Firpo's was too expensive for our slim budget, but Christmas mornings they gave a discount to any children who came in.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: The power of a man is like a bull's charge, while the power of a The power of a man is like a bull's charge, while the power of a woman moves aslant, like a serpent seeking its prey. Know the particular properties of your power. Unless you use it correctly, it won't get you what you want. His words perplexed me. Wasn't power singular and simple? In the world that I knew, men just happened to have more of it. (I hoped to change this.)
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: Chili, spice of red Thursday, which is the day of reckoning. Day which invites us Chili, spice of red Thursday, which is the day of reckoning. Day which invites us to pick up the sack of our existence and shake it inside out. Day of suicide, day of murder.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: I started writing after the death of my grandfather - memories, poems, etc. It was I started writing after the death of my grandfather - memories, poems, etc. It was very personal; for years I did not share my writing with anyone.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: There is no conflict in looking good. You buy things you need, and then you There is no conflict in looking good. You buy things you need, and then you do something good for society.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: A kshatriya woman's highest purpose in life is to support the warriors in her life: A kshatriya woman's highest purpose in life is to support the warriors in her life: her father, brother, husband and sons.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: My mother clutches at the collar of my shirt. I rub her back and feel My mother clutches at the collar of my shirt. I rub her back and feel her tears on my neck. It's been decades since our bodies have been this close. It's an odd sensation, like a torn ligament knitting itself back, lumpy and imperfect, usable as long as we know not to push it too hard.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: To me, characters are at the heart of great literature. To me, characters are at the heart of great literature.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: She had always been this way: interested-quite unnecessarily, some would say-in the secrets of strangers. She had always been this way: interested-quite unnecessarily, some would say-in the secrets of strangers. When flying, she always chose a window seat so that when the plane took off or landed, she could look down on the tiny houses and imagine the lives of the people who inhabited them.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: Hope not built on reason brings disappointment only. Hope not built on reason brings disappointment only.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: Looking down from the heights of Maslow's pyramid, it seems inconceivable to us that someone Looking down from the heights of Maslow's pyramid, it seems inconceivable to us that someone could actually prefer bread to freedom.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: Fenugreek, Tuesday's spice, when the air is green like mosses after rain. Fenugreek, Tuesday's spice, when the air is green like mosses after rain.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sayings: Can't you ever be serious?' I said, mortified.'It's difficult,' he said. 'There's so little in Can't you ever be serious?' I said, mortified.
'It's difficult,' he said. 'There's so little in life that's worth it.