Grand Delusions by Indrajit Hazra

By Indrajit Hazra

Indrajit Hazra’s exploration of Kolkata—once Calcutta, headquarters of the Raj—goes some distance past the anticipated tales a couple of city that has been mined for its clichés through an extended line of writers, artists, grumblers and tellers of tall stories. he is taking us to the eccentric paras (neighbourhoods) and golf equipment of the north and the south; previous constructions crumbling silently into extraordinary ruins; deep inside of Park Street’s iconic eating places and watering holes; via roads choked via political rallies; to rundown cinema halls haunted through lonely males; and into the lairs of soothsayers and tantric love gurus.

Part own essay, half documentary, half cultural historical past, Grand Delusions is totally specified and whole of surprises. either intimate and provocative, it shines new gentle on an excellent and engaging city.

‘As somebody whose early life have been spent in Kolkata, I learn Indrajit Hazra’s ebook with willing interest—and satisfaction. He conveys his deep wisdom of Kolkata’s background and tradition with variety and wit, deftly taking pictures the city’s glories and disenchantments, its ironies and its anxieties. the non-public and the political are superbly mixed. i assumed I knew Kolkata very well—now, after analyzing Hazra, I shall stopover at it afresh with new eyes, and bigger understanding.’— Ramachandra Guha

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