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.
Parul has also been a press officer at the United Nations in New York and a freelance arts and culture journalist 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, ARTnews and Art in America. She has published short fiction in Frank, Wascana Review, Allegheny Review and Sugar Mule. Her first novel, Inside the Mirror, about twin sisters with artistic ambitions in 1950s Bombay, draws upon her experiences as a journalist in India. She is at work on a second novel about an Indian family in turmoil in America.
She lives in Atlanta with her husband and son. Active in the arts community, Parul also supports Room to Read, a literacy non-profit building schools in rural communities in Asia. She writes about books and authors for Atlanta’s leading online arts publication, ArtsATL.com.
Inside the Mirror
Inside the Mirror, a debut novel, is the story of twin sisters who dream of becoming artists, 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.
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