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Hotel Calcutta
Paper Type: Book Print | Size: 216 x 140mm
Black and white
ISBN-10: 9381523738 | ISBN-13: 978-93-81523-73-5

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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 Peter’s turn. As the storytelling fever catches on, new guests arrive every day, 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.

Reviews of Hotel Calcutta

1. "Sheer power of storytelling".


2. "A persuasive artist... invites a hungry, urgent reading".


3. "An astounding work that interrogates the myriad surfaces of reality".

  - INDIAN LITERATURE, Sahitya Academy

Rajat Chaudhuri
Rajat Chaudhuri

Bilingual author and editor Rajat Chaudhuri has published novels, story collections and other works. His books include The Butterfly Effect (Niyogi Books), Hotel Calcutta (Niyogi Books), The Best Asian Speculative Fiction, edited by him, Calculus (short stories in Bengali) among others. His writings has won him a Charles Wallace Creative Writing Fellowship, UK, a Hawthornden Castle Fellowship, Scotland, a Korean Arts Council-InKo Residency in South Korea, and a Sangam House residency. He has written for Outlook magazine, American Book Review, Asian Review of Books, The Telegraph, Eclectica, among others. Chaudhuri has been a climate change advocate at the United Nations (New York). Trained in Economics, he has worked for international rights advocacy groups and for a Japanese consular mission in his home town, Calcutta.