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Successful Indo-Canadian author has way with words

Award-winning author Anita Rau Badami’s novels, Tamarind Mem, The Hero’s Walk and Can You Hear The Nightbird Call? have been published in many countries across the globe. The Hero’s Walk won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize.

Though she had been writing in India since the age of 18, Badami couldn’t find a job in her field when she moved to Canada in 1991. “I had written for magazines and newspapers and worked as a copywriter, but there was a perception that if you came from India, you didn’t know English!” laughs the bestselling author. She found other jobs.

“I had not just one, but two day jobs – at the same time! I never do things by half!”

She worked at the University of Calgary book store and sold Royal Doulton at a china shop while simultaneously doing her Master’s in Creative Writing and working on her first book, Tamarind Mem. The book actually began life as her Master’s thesis.

She says she hopes her books will be an adventure into new areas of thought. That readers will feel a connection to the joys and the tragedies in the lives of her characters.

Badami enjoys reading and gardening in her free time.

She is married to Madhav, an engineer, and they have a son, Aditya.

Posted: Feb 3, 2011

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