Grand Delusions

Grand Delusions

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Indrajit Hazraa€™s exploration of Kolkataa€”once Calcutta, headquarters of the Raja€”goes far beyond the expected stories about a metropolis that has been mined for its clichAcs by a long line of writers, artists, grumblers and tellers of tall tales. He takes us to the eccentric paras (neighbourhoods) and clubs of the north and the south; past buildings crumbling silently into spectacular ruins; deep inside Park Streeta€™s iconic restaurants and watering holes; through roads choked by political rallies; to rundown cinema halls haunted by lonely men; and into the lairs of soothsayers and tantric love gurus. Part personal essay, part documentary, part cultural history, Grand Delusions is utterly distinctive and full of surprises. Both intimate and provocative, it shines new light on a great and fascinating city. a€˜As someone whose formative years were spent in Kolkata, I read Indrajit Hazraa€™s book with keen interesta€”and delight. He conveys his deep knowledge of Kolkataa€™s history and culture with style and wit, deftly capturing the citya€™s glories and disenchantments, its ironies and its anxieties. The personal and the political are beautifully blended. I thought I knew Kolkata very wella€”now, after reading Hazra, I shall visit it afresh with new eyes, and greater understanding.a€™a€” Ramachandra GuhaHea#39;s curious to know how I got my novels published in French and Ia#39;m curious to know how to get myself translated into Bengali. He has a new book of essays thata#39;s coming out at the next Kolkata Book Fair and I raise my small glassanbsp;...

Title:Grand Delusions
Author: Indrajit Hazra
Publisher:Aleph Book Company -

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