A Fictional Superhero Inspired by a Real-Life Four-Year-Old

By Sailaja Joshi

From BU Today

When Raakhee Mirchandani is having a bad day, she admits, she’ll pick up her well-worn copy of Harriet the Spy for comfort. But Mirchandani (CGS’01, COM’03), a content development editor at Dow Jones and a former managing editor of the New York Daily News, thought that if she ever wrote her own book, it would be a novel, not a children’s story.

All that changed last year when she started searching for a book for her then four-year-old daughter, Satya, who loves to dress up as Wonder Woman and don capes and crowns. When Mirchandani couldn’t find any book featuring a young female superhero who bore some physical resemblance to her daughter, who is Indian American, she simply wrote her own.

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