Parul Kapur Hinzen was born in Assam, India, where her father worked as an executive for the Burmah Oil Company. She took her first plane ride out of the Upper Assam jungle at eleven days old and spent her early childhood between Calcutta, New Delhi and Bombay. Her family immigrated to the United States when she was seven, living briefly in northern New Jersey before settling in Wilton, Connecticut. She received a BA in English Literature from Wesleyan University and an MFA from Columbia University. Returning to India, she worked for a year as a reporter for the city magazine Bombay, covering politics, social issues, personalities and the arts.
A journalist, literary critic and fiction writer, Parul was a press officer at the United Nations in New York and a freelance arts writer during a decade spent in Germany, France, England and Brazil. Her articles and reviews have appeared in The Wall Street Journal Europe, The New Yorker, Esquire, New York Newsday, Guernica, ARTnews, Art in America, The American Book Review and many other publications. She has published short fiction in Frank, Wascana Review, Allegheny Review and the anthology [Ex]tinguished & [Ex]tinct. In 2010, she founded the Books page at ArtsATL, Atlanta’s leading online arts publication, covering the city’s literary scene for four years. She was also a co-founder of the global voices program, showcasing a diversity of authors, at the Decatur Book Festival, the nation’s largest indie book festival.
Her first novel, Inside the Mirror, about twin sisters who dream of becoming artists in 1950s Bombay, was short-listed for the 2013 Horatio Nelson Prize for Fiction and awaits publication. She is at work on a second novel about an Indian family in turmoil in America.
Parul lives in Connecticut with her husband and son.
Inside the Mirror
Inside the Mirror, a debut novel, is the story of twin sisters with ambitions of becoming a painter and a dancer in shattered post-Partition India. Not only must the twins battle a conservative society’s restrictions on women’s lives, they struggle, too, against fierce self-censorship and obstacles they place in their own paths to become the free, independent women they wish to be.
Please take some time to read the first chapter.
Preview Chapter One (PDF)