Shankar’s real name is Mani Shankar Mukherjee. Sankar is a very popular writer in the Bengali language. He grew up in Howrah district of West Bengal, Ind. 17 Apr Review: Chowringhee by SankarA classic Bengali novel, published in a wide- eyed narrator, rather confusingly named Shankar and shaped. Chowringhee is a most popular (Famous) book of Shankar. Just click & download . If you want to read online, please go to (✅Click For Read Online) button and.

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Chowringhee (novel) – Wikipedia

Mani Shankar Mukerji’s ‘Chowringhee’ is a gentle comedy of life in a grand Calcutta hotel in the late s adapted for radio by Roger James Elsgood from a translation from the Bengali by Arunava Sinha. But with Sankar, you get to go back in time and meet exquisite dancers, club houses brimming with liquor and laughter, the class divide and secrecy that makes Chowringhee a more delicious read with each turn of the page.

I always enjoy Indian writing. Jimmy, the steward, “a veritable Mount Vesuvius”, barks out the list: Poor young man in calcutta lands a job in an upscale hotel. View all 8 comments.

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Topics Fiction Book of the week. And true to its cosmopolitan credentials, Chowringhee manipulates a huge cast of colourful characters.

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Sankar (Author of Chowringhee)

A movie of the same title was equally popular and well received. The stories which constitute the book are independent and yet vhowringhee together by a few central characters like Shankar the narratorSata Bose ReceptionistMarco Polo Manager and of course Byron detective who comes in for small parts but bents the story cjowringhee time he appears. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use shankaf Privacy Policy. Quite good, especially from the point of view of looking at another culture vastly different from shankae own experiences.


Written by best-selling Bengali author Sankar, Chowringhee was published as a novel in There will be many grateful readers at his table. The writing is very strong, and moving. It wasn’t until after I’d started Chowringhee that I discovered that it’d been written inand that it has been popular in India for many years, both as a book and film – it’s only recently been translated into English.

But does that mean t I would name this book “Hotel Shahjahan” if i were Sankar.

The words are fresh, and the world of the novel is completely alive, despite being written over 40 years ago. So the fundamental structure is not unlike, say, the Decameron or The Canterbury Tales where the framing device provides a loose structure to contain a multiplicity of tales. The hotel staff is run in such a way that inferiors are kept on their toes by those higher up in the hierarchy, who shanoar turn are obsequious to their superiors for fear of losing their job.

View or edit your browsing history. A world where we have occasionally just stepped in, passed a few moments but never given a thought of how complex and diverse this world is, how this world consumes another world – peoples’ lives into it; its called hotel.

Hotel Calcutta

The clientele of the hotel ranges from the outrageous to the docile with motives of clandestine rendezvous to social braggadocio. Here is the inevitable flipside to those lingeringly horrified-fascinated passages describing the cupidity and the excesses. Revisiting “Chowringhee ” “. Refresh and try again. I had my doubts in the initial few pages, but then got involved in the lives of the people working at ‘Hotel Shanksr Jahan’, probably a five star hotel in Calcutta.


Buddhadeb Bose, writing in on the impact of Tagore and Pramatha Chaudhuri, identifies the “War of Words”, a “battle that raged over the new style of prose”.

The setting of this novel is Chowringhee, a neighborhood in Calcutta, in the mids. By taking an ill-fated boy from his highs of life to low and then suddenly showing the light of hope, the writer takes us snankar a different world. Ideally accompanied by fancy cocktails with little umbrellas maybe, but a cup of tea and half a packet of custard creams would do nicely.

It has comedy, tragedy and it also shows the indifferent and selfish face of society. Often, the tenor of this narrative overdetermination is the compulsive tendency to tug at the heartstrings — an entrenched cultural tic, this — whenever an opportunity presents itself.


Penguin UKFeb 7, – Fiction – pages. Then he stumbles into a job behind the reception desk of the Shahjahan, thanks to the help of a magnanimous but failing detective, Byron, whose client is the hotel manager Marco Polo first seen in a “sleeveless vest and tiny red briefs”. He finds Shankar a job at the Shahjahan Chowrinnghee, one of the city’s oldest and most venerable hotels.