Book Review: Chowringhee by Sankar

THIS charming book focuses on one of Calcutta’s oldest and most venerable hotels, the Shahjahan.

THIS charming book focuses on one of Calcutta’s oldest and most venerable hotels, the Shahjahan.

Set in the 1950s, the book sees the hotel’s new receptionist tells guests stories of people who spend their days and nights within the Shahjahan’s grand facade. Like Bengal itself, this is a place where greed, seduction and death live alongside love, luxury and pride.

With wit, warmth, and ferocious energy, Chowringhee reveals an entirely new universe. Written by a best-selling Bengali author, this is one of the great novels of contemporary Indian literature. It presents a glittering vision of a lost metropolis and pays homage to a city and its people.