The writer is professor, department of comparative literature, Jadavpur University.
The pujo sankhya (puja issue) or puja barshiki (puja annual) forms part of the mental universe of every educated middle-class Bengali, especially those who call, or once called, Kolkata home.
A magnificently written, marvellously phrased book, with its heart in its right place, A State of Freedom might not be quite what its Western critics claim (“devastating portrait of the inhumanity of the rich to the poor”, and so on) but it is certainly worth the read.
Long reviled and caricatured by the city they have shaped, Calcutta’s Marwaris are humanised and demystified in Sujit Saraf’s novel.
A book that brings Kolkata to life in strange and striking ways, with the affection of a besotted lover.
A book on the illustrious Ray family is a magnificent addition to the exploration of Indian modernity
Did anyone say assembly elections in the state saw violence?