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The Lowland

The Lowland
  • Author(s): Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Location(s): Kolkata (Calcutta), Rhode Island
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1960s to modern

From Subhash’s earliest memories, at every point, his brother was there. In the suburban streets of Calcutta where they wandered before dusk and in the hyacinth-strewn ponds where they played for hours on end, Udayan was always in his...

The Mulberry Empire

The Mulberry Empire
  • Author(s): Philip Hensher
  • Location(s): Kabul, Kolkata (Calcutta), London
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 19th Century

The novel begins in Kabul with the arrival of Burnes, an ambitious young Scot, eager to open up the country to the English. News of his arrival soon reaches the Amir, for whom “the arrival of the new European...

The Shadow Lines

The Shadow Lines
  • Author(s): Amitav Ghosh
  • Location(s): Kolkata (Calcutta), London
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1930s to 1990s

A wide-eyed boy growing up in suburban Calcutta in the 1960s experiences the world through the eyes of others – an intoxicating older cousin, a grandmother who weaves stories from the past and a family in London whose lives...

The Midnight Palace

The Midnight Palace
  • Author(s): Carlos Ruis Zafón (Carlos Ruis Zafon)
  • Location(s): Kolkata (Calcutta)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): First half 20th Century

1916, Calcutta. A man pauses for breath outside the ruins of Jheeter’s Gate station knowing he has only hours to live. Pursued by assassins, he must ensure the safety of two newborn twins, before disappearing into the night to...

A Killer in Kailash: The Adventures of Feluda

A Killer in Kailash: The Adventures of Feluda
  • Author(s): Satyajit Ray
  • Location(s): Kolkata (Calcutta)
  • Genre(s): Crime, Young Adult

An American buys a yakshi head stolen from a Bhubaneshwar temple and subsequently dies in a plane crash. Trying to prevent the smuggling of priceless sculptures out of India, Feluda follow the lead.

A Rising Man

A Rising Man
  • Author(s): Abir Mukherjee
  • Location(s): Kolkata (Calcutta)
  • Genre(s): Crime, Historical, Mystery
  • Era(s): 1919

The winner of the Harvill Secker/Daily Telegraph crime writing competition Captain Sam Wyndham, former Scotland Yard detective, is a new arrival to Calcutta. Desperately seeking a fresh start after his experiences during the Great War, Wyndham has been recruited to...

Abandon

Abandon
  • Author(s): Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay
  • Location(s): Kolkata (Calcutta)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

‘India has found its Ferrante’ – Niven Govinden, author of All the Days and Nights “And I struggle to find my place in this dark novel. I yearn for passion and despair for that is what makes good literature...

Interpreter of Maladies

Interpreter of Maladies
  • Author(s): Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Location(s): West Bengal, Boston
  • Era(s): Modern

Pulitzer-winning, scintillating studies in yearning and exile from a Bengali Bostonian woman of immense promise. A couple exchange unprecedented confessions during nightly blackouts in their Boston apartment as they struggle to cope with a heartbreaking loss; a student arrives...

Jasmine Skies

Jasmine Skies
  • Author(s): Sita Brahmachari
  • Location(s): Kolkata (Calcutta)
  • Genre(s): Children
  • Era(s): N/A

Mira Levenson is bursting with excitement as she flies to India to stay with her aunt and cousin for the first time. As soon as she lands Mira is hurled into the sweltering heat and a place full of...

Oleander Girl

Oleander Girl
  • Author(s): Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
  • Location(s): Kolkata (Calcutta)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Although she was orphaned at birth, Korobi Roy has enjoyed a privileged childhood with her adoring grandparents, spending her first seventeen years in a beautiful, crumbling old mansion in Kolkata, India. But she is troubled by the silence that...

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