Bawdy and brilliant, Kalkatta is a compelling story of outsiders looking in - Mohammed Hanif
A riveting novel, timely, thought-provoking, insightful - Sharmila Tagore
Jami is the Gigolo King of Kalkatta. 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'.
The other Kolkata, what Kunal Basu addresses as Kalkatta.
15 Mar, 2016
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14 Feb, 2018