Hotel Calcutta

Hotel Calcutta (English, Paperback, Chaudhuri R)


Hotel Calcutta  (English, Paperback, Chaudhuri R)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: September
    • ISBN: 9789381523735, 9381523738
    • Edition: 2013
    • Pages: 224
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    The century-old Hotel Calcutta run by an Englishman, is under threat from land sharks who want to raze it and build a shopping mall. As the staff stare at uncertain times, a monk turns up at the hotel and prophesies that the hotel will still stand only if a wall of stories can be built. Peter Dutta-the manager-though a little unsure, is ready to give it a shot and begins looking for a storyteller. A painter, who has just stepped into the bar, volunteers to tell the first story. Next is Peters turn.

    As the storytelling fever catches on, new guests arrive everyday, among them a shifty-eyed producer of porn flicks, an American woman who hears the footsteps of a dead soldier in the corridor and finally an odd pair who pretend to be war historians. It seems they have all arrived there with a purpose. Will their stories protect the hotel or will it crumble under the sledgehammers of the land sharks?

    Between techno-angst, deathless love, surreal adventure and an epidemic of thievery, this is a novel that taps into the power of stories to light up our age of trenchant uncertainties and powerful illusions.

    About the Author
    Rajat Chaudhuri has published several short stories and a critically acclaimed debut novel, set in Calcutta. A past Fellow ofthe Sangam House International Writers Residency, Chaudhuris short fiction has appeared in Eclectica, Underground Voices, Notes from the Underground, L'Allure des Mots and other snake pits of the international literary underground. He has also reviewed fiction for Sahitya Akadem is Indian Literature journal, The Asian Review ofBooks and The Telegraph. One of his short stories was the winning entry of the Word-weavers Fiction Contest, 2011. Before turning to writing full-time, Chaudhuri has been a consumer rights activist,an economic and political affairs officer with a Japanese Mission and a climate change advocate at the United Nations, New York.

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    Book Details
    Publication Year
    • 2013 September
    • Chaudhuri R
    • 5
    • 7.75
    • 0.74
    • 204 g
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    Journey into many realms.

    Unusual stories. I liked the way the author tells his tales. This book is like a journey into many realms and I confess that I read some of the stories twice. Just as a few stories bring Calcutta alive others took me through time, to far off lands and among interesting strangers with magic powers and dark secrets. You have a detective investigating an epidemic of theft, a man who never dies, a librarian who can hear whatever is spoken within miles, a chess playing machine in an Amsterdam nigh...


    Dec, 2013

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    Crackling, intelligent and funny!

    A chain of stories in a hundred year old Calcutta hotel run by an elderly Englishman. A greedy developer who wants to demolish the hotel and build a shopping mall. A Buddhist monks who prophesises that storytelling can save the heritage hotel and the mysterious storytellers who suddenly begin to arrive as if drawn by a call of duty to save the grand old building. Eleven fascinating stories of the postmodern and the surreal in fascinating settings like 19th century Calcutta, Manhattan, an Amst...

    Vrinda Gopalan

    Nov, 2013

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