Download e-book for iPad: The Epic City: The World on the Streets of Calcutta by Kushanava Choudhury

By Kushanava Choudhury

ISBN-10: 1408888882

ISBN-13: 9781408888889

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ISBN-13: 9781978615076

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A masterful and fully clean portrait of significant hopes and dashed desires in a legendary urban from an immense new literary voice

Everything that may in all likelihood be incorrect with a urban was once flawed with Calcutta.

When Kushanava Choudhury arrived in New Jersey on the age of twelve, he had already migrated midway worldwide 4 occasions. After graduating from Princeton, he moved again to the realm which his immigrant mom and dad had deserted, to a urban outfitted among a river and a swamp, the place the moisture-drenched air swarms with mosquitos after sunset.

Once the capital of the British Raj, after which India's commercial and cultural hub, by way of 2001 Calcutta was once essentially prior its major. Why, his kin beseeched him, had he again? without doubt, he can have moved to Delhi, Bombay or Bangalore, the place a brand new Golden Age of intake was once being born.

Yet fifteen million humans nonetheless lived in Calcutta. operating for the Statesman, its major English newspaper, Kushanava Choudhury came across the streets of his formative years unchanged by means of time. Shouting hawkers nonetheless overran the footpaths, fish-sellers squatted on bazaar flooring; politics nonetheless intended barricades and bus burnings, whereas Communist ministers travelled in motorcades.

Sifting throughout the chaos for the tales that by no means make the papers, Kushanava Choudhury paints a soulful, compelling portrait of the typical lives that make Calcutta. Written with humanity, wit and perception, The Epic urban is an unforgettable portrait of an period, and a urban that's an international unto itself.

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