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Author Divya Anand explains how she drew from her own life for her first picture book in verse.

“Maggi”, “kuruvi koodu” (bird’s nest), “baal ki dukaan” (shop of hair), “spring mudi” (springy hair)…these were only some of the names that Divya Anand was teased with for her “thick, frizzy, unmanageable curly hair. I was in my late teens by the time Hermione Granger came on the scene and even she was described as having ‘bushy hair’. You aspired to be as smart as her, not look like her” she says, as we discuss her latest picture book, I Hate My Curly Hair (Puffin).