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The Resource The epic city : the world on the streets of Calcutta, Kushanava Choudhury

The epic city : the world on the streets of Calcutta, Kushanava Choudhury

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The epic city : the world on the streets of Calcutta
Title
The epic city
Title remainder
the world on the streets of Calcutta
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Kushanava Choudhury
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eng
Summary
A masterful and entirely fresh portrait of great hopes and dashed dreams in a mythical city from a major new literary voice Everything that could possibly be wrong with a city was wrong with Calcutta. When Kushanava Choudhury arrived in New Jersey at the age of twelve, he had already migrated halfway around the world four times. After graduating from Princeton, he moved back to the world which his immigrant parents had abandoned, to a city built between a river and a swamp, where the moisture-drenched air swarms with mosquitos after sundown. Once the capital of the British Raj, and then India's industrial and cultural hub, by 2001 Calcutta was clearly past its prime. Why, his relatives beseeched him, had he returned? Surely, he could have moved to Delhi, Bombay or Bangalore, where a new Golden Age of consumption was being born. Yet fifteen million people still lived in Calcutta. Working for the Statesman, its leading English newspaper, Kushanava Choudhury found the streets of his childhood unchanged by time. Shouting hawkers still overran the footpaths, fish-sellers squatted on bazaar floors; politics still meant barricades and bus burnings, while Communist ministers travelled in motorcades. Sifting through the chaos for the stories that never make the papers, Kushanava Choudhury paints a soulful, compelling portrait of the everyday lives that make Calcutta. Written with humanity, wit and insight, The Epic City is an unforgettable portrait of an era, and a city which is a world unto itself
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After emigrating to the United States when he was 12, the author describes why he moved back to Calcutta to work for the city’s leading English newspaper and paints a vivid everyday picture of a city past its prime and unchanged by time
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10618727
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Choudhury, Kushanava
Dewey number
915.414
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no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Choudhury, Kushanava
  • Choudhury, Kushanava
  • Kolkata (India)
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adult
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the world on the streets of Calcutta
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The epic city : the world on the streets of Calcutta, Kushanava Choudhury
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
000060652926
Dimensions
23cm.
Extent
272 pages
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781408888902
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
Stock number
  • 9781408888902
  • C581E2E4-714D-499C-9BD8-F569677AA1B1
System control number
(OCoLC)999616255
Label
The epic city : the world on the streets of Calcutta, Kushanava Choudhury
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000060652926
Dimensions
23cm.
Extent
272 pages
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781408888902
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Stock number
  • 9781408888902
  • C581E2E4-714D-499C-9BD8-F569677AA1B1
System control number
(OCoLC)999616255

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