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Sampurna Chattarji

Sampurna Chattarji

Sampurna Chattarji is a poet, novelist and translator with eleven books to her credit and two forthcoming. She was born in November 1970 in Dessie, Ethiopia, grew up in Darjeeling, graduated in English Literature from Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi and is currently based in Mumbai/Thane. Sampurna was the 2012 Charles Wallace writer-in-residence from India at the University of Kent, Canterbury. Her books for children include The Greatest Stories Ever Told (Penguin/Puffin, 2004), Mulla Nasruddin (Penguin/Puffin, 2008), Three Brothers and the Flower of Gold (Scholastic, 2008) and The Fried Frog and Other Funny Freaky Foodie Feisty Poems (Scholastic, 2009). She has also written four Ladybird retellings, Riki-Tiki-Tavi, The Crab and the Crane, The Lion and the Hare and The Mice Who Ate Iron. Her stories for children have appeared in The Puffin Book of Bedtime Stories and The Puffin Book of Funny Stories, as well as in Superhero, The Moustache Maharishi and Other Unlikely Stories and Grandpa Fights an Ostrich (all from Scholastic). Her two novels for adults are Land of the Well (2012) and Rupture (2009), both published by HarperCollins; and her two poetry collections are Absent Muses (Poetrywala, 2010) and Sight May Strike You Blind (Sahitya Akademi, 2007, reprint 2008). Her new book for young adults is her novel Ela from Scholastic (Sept, 2013).

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