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Meet the Author : Amit Chaudhuri (Calcutta Two Years in the City)

Amit Chaudhuri .  Professor of Contemporary Literature at the University of East Anglia.  He has written numerous novels, short stories, poems and critical essays.  His novels have won several major awards, Amit Chaudhuri is also an acclaimed Indian classical musician, and an internationally recognised singer and composer of Indo-Western experimental music, with an album from each of these genres. His project in experimental music, bringing together the raga, jazz, the blues, rock, techno, disco, and the Indian popular song, is called This is not Fusion, and has been performed worldwide.

For more details on the Author see his website http://www.amitchaudhuri.com/profile.html

His latest book is called Calutta - Two years in the City  -

"In 1999, Amit Chaudhuri moved back to Calcutta, the city in which he was born. It was a place he had loved in his youth and the place he had made his name writing about. But upon his return he discovered that the Calcutta of his imagination had receded and another had taken its place.

Lyrical, observant and profound, Calcutta is a personal account of two years (2009–2011) spent in one of the least known – yet greatest – cities of our time by one of our leading novelists. Using the historic elections of 2011 as a fulcrum, Chaudhuri looks back to the nineteenth century, when the city burst with a new vitality, and towards the twenty-first, when – utterly changed – it seems to be on the verge of another turn.

Along the way he evokes all that is most particular and extraordinary. From the homeless and the working class to the old, declining haute bourgeois; from the new malls and hotels to old houses being destroyed by developers; from politicians on their way out to the city’s fitful attempts to embrace globalisation, Calcutta brings a multifarious universe to life"

And here is a review of the book from guardian.  http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/feb/02/amit-chaudhuri-new-perspective-calcutta

The book is available on Kindle, and for people who have not yet evolved to reading books on a kindle, it is also available in print, except that it is only in hardcover at the moment (That is a bit more expensive)

Amit's best know fiction is the The Immortals, a novel about music in the modern world.

The meet-up will follow the usual "Meet the Author Format" , that is a Q&A followed by a discussion on the Theme's of the books.  We will cover both the book Calcutta and Immortals in this discussion so you can choose to read one or both of these books.

 

 

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  • Malvinder

    Jhumpa Lahiri, 'Brotherly Love' and Calcutta

    http://tinyurl.com/n4ey9dx

    June 3, 2013

  • Malvinder

    Interesting afternoon indeed topped up by the arrival of the pakoras. Thank You Vineet for organising the meet and for your patience during dinner :-)

    June 3, 2013

  • Sonia

    Amit had the rare skill of keeping the normally loquacious book club silent, due to his engaging manner of speaking; every topic spoken about added further depth and colour to what was covered in his book. He's a natural storyteller, and I liked the anecdotes that accompanied his responses. Also thought the questions posed added good angles to the discussion.

    Thanks for organising it Vineet, it was a great success.

    June 3, 2013

  • Hina

    Great discussion. Amit was a good orator and kept us engaged. Thank you Vineet for organising. Look forward to more such events

    June 3, 2013

  • Pamela

    Very interesting book and discussion - thanks Amit. It was great to meet everyone.

    June 2, 2013

  • Agnes

    It was a really good, thought provoking meet-up, thanks very much for the organisers.

    June 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Apologies..

    June 2, 2013

  • PC

    Apologies am unwell

    June 2, 2013

  • Ria

    so sorry, something's come up. hope you all have a great evening.

    June 1, 2013

  • Shachi

    Sorry , i wont be able to make it tomorrow.

    June 1, 2013

  • Vineet

    People after this book club, the plan is to go for dinner at a place called Roti Chai. It is an Indian Street food place. The Author, his wife and daughter will also join us for the meal. I have booked 15 places. The price for the food will be approx £20 per head. Could I please have a show of hands to see how many people will come for dinner. If there are more than 15 people, some of us may need to stand and eat, unless I tell them in advance.

    May 31, 2013

  • Sanjoy D.

    I might join you for a few snacks; 6:30 is too early for dinner for me.

    June 1, 2013

  • Shohidur R.

    Hi, Vineet. last minute change of plans means I can come to the meetup, and I've RSVPd such. I'd also like to come to the meal. I don't mind standing if I have to, but would be nice to get a seat! (I understand it's very short notice though). See you there.

    1 · June 1, 2013

  • anuragr

    Somewhat devastated by the book - but very excited to meet the author.

    May 29, 2013

  • Nash

    confirmed

    May 29, 2013

  • Peter L.

    Sorry won't have time to mug up on the author, have a great time!

    May 28, 2013

  • Rina

    Confirmed for Sunday

    May 28, 2013

  • Ranju

    Confirming :)

    May 28, 2013

  • Malvinder

    Food for thought for Sunday

    http://www.livemint.com/Opinion/zQ4anwgTrZEyXXkjT3Rr1J/Growing-old-in-Kolkata.html

    and confirming, I will attend

    May 27, 2013

  • Anjali

    Hi Vineet, Just to let you know that unfortunately be unable to attend the meetup on the 2/June along with my friend. Hopefully next time!
    Thanks. Anjali

    May 27, 2013

  • Sheila C

    Confirming I'm coming on 2nd

    May 26, 2013

  • Shanthi

    Confirmed.

    May 25, 2013

  • Seema

    Confirmed.

    May 25, 2013

  • Hina

    Confirmed

    May 25, 2013

  • PC

    confirmed

    May 25, 2013

  • Pamela

    Confirmed

    May 25, 2013

  • Azra M.

    Confirmed

    May 25, 2013

  • Sanjoy D.

    Confirmed

    May 25, 2013

  • Agnes

    Confirmed.

    May 24, 2013

  • Neel

    confirmed

    May 24, 2013

  • Sue

    confirmed

    May 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Vineet, the idea to change the venue is great! I confirm that i'l attend.

    May 24, 2013

  • Anu

    Will be in Marbella!

    May 19, 2013

  • Mariam

    Just found out I have to have surgery next week. Will be in recovery during this event.
    Very sad to miss it!

    May 17, 2013

  • Anjali

    This will be my first attendance - so please pardon my ignorance, but wondering if there is a cost involved? Do I need to pay anything in advance before attending the event?
    Thanks and regards, Anjali

    February 20, 2013

    • Vineet

      Hi Anjali , There is no charge for the meet-up. All I ask that if you can't make it to the meet-up do cancel your RSVP well in advance. Last minute cancellations or no-shows create a small issue for us.

      February 20, 2013

    • Anjali

      Hi Vineet, thank you very much for your prompt response. I will certainly let you know, should anything change. Meanwhile, looking forward to my first meetup!

      February 21, 2013

  • Shouvik D.

    Thanks for the invite. I attended the book launch at Foyle's. Would like to be kept posted of future events. regards, Shouvik.

    February 19, 2013

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