Kalkatta

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Author: Kunal Basu

9789382616702 | PB | pp. 318 | 2015 | ‎ Pan Macmillan India

Kalkatta is a moving story about the life of an individual who tries to integrate into a society alien to him.

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Smuggled into India from Bangladesh and given refuge by his uncle, a leader of the ruling Communist Party, he grows up in Zakaria Street–a Little Baghdad of the old–dreaming of becoming a pukka Kalkatta-wallah. When friendship with a local gang disqualifies him from school, he ends up as assistant to a passport forger, and then a masseur. Soon enough, innocent massage leads to ‘plus plus treatments’, and Kalkatta opens its doors, drawing Jami into the world of the rich and famous, housewives, tourists and travelling executives, and occasionally to high-paying and dangerous ‘parties’. Danger looms, too, from rivals and the police, and the ever-present risk of losing his cover. Jami’s shadowy double life takes a turn for the unexpected when he meets Pablo, a young boy who suffers from leukemia, and his single mother Mandira. Made to oscillate between his refugee family, the neighbourhood gang, his massage-parlour clients, even the cultured world of Bengali intellectuals inhabited by Mandira, he succeeds in becoming a true Kalkatta-wallah, but a stranger to himself. Until his love for Pablo threatens to destroy everything, and drive him away even from his beloved Kalkatta.

Additional information

Author:

Kunal Basu

ISBN:

9789382616702

Publisher:

‎ Pan Macmillan India

Binding:

Paperback

Pages:

318

Year of Publication:

2015

Edition:

First

Condition:

New

Country of Origin:

India

About the Author

The author was born in Calcutta and has travelled widely. He teaches at Oxford University and is married with one daughter. Author of three acclaimed novels-The Opium Clerk, The Miniaturist, and Racists-he has acted in films and on stage, written poetry and screenplays. The Japanese Wife has been made into a film by India’s celebrated director Aparna Sen. For more information, log on to www.kunalbasu.com

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