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.