Mira was born in Vancouver, Canada to Indian parents who settled there in 1969. Her father, P.K. Sundara Rajan, was an English lecturer who came to Canada for graduate studies. He was welcomed to the country by Kenneth Conibear and his wife Barbara, and became a member of the first graduating class at Simon Fraser University.
Mira’s mother is a granddaughter of Indian National Poet and Tamil “Mahakavi”, C. Subramania Bharati. S. Vijaya Bharati (her given name) was the first scholar to study Bharati’s writing for a doctorate, which she completed at Annamalai University in 1966, thereby inaugurating the academic field of Bharati studies.
Mira is a fourth-generation writer. Her mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-grandfather were all writers. She is also a fourth-generation musician. In keeping with South Indian cultural traditions, Subramania Bharati set his own poems to music and taught them to his wife and daughters, who in turn taught them to their children. Vijaya Bharati was a leading practitioner of this family oral tradition and was an outstanding singer of Bharati songs and of Carnatic classical songs.
Mira is a passionate and devoted classical pianist. She has also learned to sing Bharati’s songs from her mother.
Mira’s affinity for the English language was acquired from her father. Her passion for French was the product of her early association with Barbara Conibear, who studied at the Sorbonne and gave Mira her first gift of French books from her own student days. She inherited her love of Tamil from her mother, and has also studied Spanish, Italian, and Russian.
Mira is an accomplished scholar with a DPhil in Law from Oxford University, fulfilling her parents’ and great-grandparents’ passion for education and for women’s empowerment. She has been privileged to work as a professor in diverse countries, teaching students of all ages, backgrounds, and nationalities.
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