Full name: Mitali Perkins
Hometown: Kolkata, India
Current location: Boston, Ma, USA
Website/Blog: http://mitaliperkins.com, http://mitaliblog.com
WiP or most recently published work: Bamboo People
Writing credits: See: <http://www.mitaliblog.com/p/my-books.html>
How frequently do you update your site? 3x a week or so.
Is your site designed for reader interaction? Yes, I like to raise questions and generate discussion.
Post of note, something in particular you want readers to check out: <http://www.mitaliblog.com/2010/09/reprise-should-we-bowdlerize-classic.html>
How would you describe your work? I seek to tell stories about children on the margins, whether they be poor or minorities growing up in the mainstream culture.
Please share your thoughts on one of the following topics: children, reading, and activism. Stories are a powerful way to inspire children to a life of activism. I distinctly remember the moment when I grasped the beauty of sacrificial giving. I was nine years old and befriending Sara Crewe in Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Little Princess.
It was the middle of the story, and my heroine was trudging through a snowstorm, hungry and wet, when she actually found a four-penny piece. As she entered a baker’s shop, though, Sara passed “a little figure more forlorn than herself … with big, hollow, hungry eyes.” Sara bought four buns and the kind baker added two more. One by one, Sara placed five buns in the other girl’s lap, keeping only one for herself.
I remember being astounded by the gesture because at that point in the story my heart was aching over Sara’s suffering. And now my literary friend had given away the food I had so wanted her to relish! But somehow I knew it was the right thing to do.
From that point on, in my travels across the globe, as I encountered children begging on the streets, I would remember that scene in The Little Princess and be stirred to respond. I pray and hope that my books can have a similar effect on readers.