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life events

  • Bharati Mukherjee was born in 1940.
  • She lived the first eight years of her life with her extended family - more than thirty people, not including servants and bodyguards. Her father was wealthy and owned a prosperous pharmaceutical company.
  • When Bharati Mukherjee was eight, her family moved to England. They stayed there for three years before returning to Calcutta where Bina, Mukherjee's mother, insisted that they have a home of their own.
  • Bina was determined that her daughters would have the best education possible. When Bharati Mukherjee left school, she went on to study English at University gaining a BA and two MAs.
  • Her father then agreed that she could attend a two year creative writing course in the States while he looked for a good Bengali Brahmin bridegroom for her. He considered writing to be a harmless activity and believed that at the end of the two years, she would return to an arranged marriage and a traditional life.
"he had no idea, nor did I when got on that plane to the states that my life would change and that within a week in Iowa in a woman's dorm I would find myself.....
I had a 2 week courtship with a fellow student in the fiction workshop in Iowa and a 5 minute wedding in a lawyer's office above the coffee shop where we'd been having lunch that day. And so I sent a cable to my father saying 'by the time you get this daddy I'll already be Mrs Blaise!' And then we had a son about ten months later and that made up for everything.
Bharati Mukherjee

  • Mukherjee taught and studied Literature and became both a Professor and a writer, publishing her first novel The Tiger's Daughter, in 1972. Jasmine, her third novel, was published in 1989.

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