Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni was born in 1957 in Calcutta, India. In 1976, at the age of 19, Divakaruni immigrated to the United States. Divakaruni moved around the country, living in Chicago and Ohio before moving to her present location in Sunnyvale, California, in 1979. Today she lives with her husband and two children and teaches creative writing at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, CA. Divakaruni has also been active in her community. In 1991, she established MAITRI, a hotline for South Asian women who are victims of domestic abuse or abusive situations.