Kamakshi Pappu Murti

Author, Professor of German, artist, baby-sitter, cartoonist, volunteer at centers for adults with disabilities, great-aunt.


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Three things people don’t know about you?

I sing Tyagaraja kritis, I learned Bharata Natyam, I paint in oil and acrylic.

What’s your greatest fear?

Losing my memory.

What is your greatest achievement?

Getting my Ph.D. at the age of 45.

High point of your life?

Getting a Five-Star-Award for teaching excellence from the University of Arizona.

Low point of your life

Receiving letters of rejection for my fictional work "Veiled Murders."

Which living person do you most admire?

Malala Yousafzai

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Janie Crawford

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Baby Jane Hudson

Who are your favorite authors?

Chinua Achebe, May Ayim, Jhumpa Lahiri, Agatha Christie, Patricia Highsmith, Arthur Conan Doyle, Edgar Allen Poe, Guenter Grass, Thomas Mann, Hannah Arendt, Emine Sevgi Özdamar, Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, Zehra Çırak, Kemal Kurt, Zafer Şenocak, Charles Dickens

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

Things Fall Apart, Little Women, Agony and Ecstasy, Interpreter of Maladies, The Color Purple

Is there a book you love to reread?

Little Women

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

Waterloo Bridge, The Prisoner of Zenda, Mughal-e-Azam, The Great Dictator, Pathala Bhairavi

One Superpower you wish you had?

Ability to see my fictional characters in the flesh as I create them.

Your epitaph would read? /Last line in your biography would be?

The beginning of new adventures!

If you had a time machine to take you back to any country and any time period, where would you choose to be for your childhood, adolosent , adult life and silver years?

The Indus Valley Civilization for my childhood and adolescence; China (the Zhou Dynasty: 1046-256 BCE) for my adult life; Bhutan for my silver years.

If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

Athletic prowess.

Which book you wish you had written ?

A graphic novel with Wodehousian characters and humor.

When and where do you write ?

Whenever I have time. Always at home.

Silence or music?


One phrase that you use most often?

Can I say something?

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

A ritual: listening to my Beatles album.

What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

Reading murder mysteries!

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Never give up!

Kamakshi Pappu Murti is Professor Emerita of German at Middlebury College. She has published extensively on German and European colonialism and imperialism, minorities discourse, and second- and foreign-language education. She is the author of “India: the Seductive and Seduced 'Other' of German Orientalism” (Praeger, 2001), and “To Veil or not to Veil: Europe's Shape-Shifting 'Other'” (Peter Lang, 2013). Since retirement in 2008, she has turned to writing fiction: “Murders Most Matronly” (Juggernaut Books, 2017), “Lalli’s Window” (Austin Macauley, 2017), “Murders in the Ivory Tower” (Pegasus, UK), and “Bandilanka’s Forgotten Lives (publication date November 3, 2021 by Leadstart Publishers, India)

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