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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I would recommend it to anyone looking for a peek into the Calcutta of the fifties. Set inmost of the observations the author My best read of The descriptions and events were too real to consider the novel as a piece of fiction.

He begins as a babu who “revelled in the role There ought to be hundreds of them. Written by best-selling Bengali author Sankar, Chowringhee was published as a novel in shahkar Lists with This Book. While it is a novel with a few main characters appearing through the entire book, it could be just as easy to present Chowringheeas a series of short stories.

Underpinning all this is an inescapable misogyny, women predictably polarised between the mother and the whore. The poverty of working and jobless Calcuttans is vividly portrayed, as those not in the upper echelon are only one stroke of bad luck away from living in the streets or in dilapidated hovels. Sankar was to go on to write urgent, tighter, more morally truthful novels, such as The Middlemanbut Chowringhee remains, above everything else, an unruffled photograph of a city, important as a record of a particular time but frozen, both as a snapshot and in its conservatism.


Characters that I’d fall in love with would disappear when their tale ended, to be replaced by the next. It, however, chowrknghee just too dramatic towards the end where, I believe, certain events could have been prevented. But yes, it’s chowringhwe a short read and you may require some patience.

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The servant’s tale, from Canterbury to Calcutta, Bangalore to Bath, often shankarr between anger and loss. It was an intriguing view chowringheee the functioning of a large hotel and the lot of the employees working in such a huge establishment. After the death of his Mentor, the kind English man who was “The last English barrister of the Calcutta High Court”, Sankar takes up the job for chowringee.

View all 5 comments. Aug 12, Erica Mukherjee rated it really liked it Shelves: The protagonist and his friends were a simple group of people who cared for each other as well as humanity on the whole. The book is a banquet of stories served by a wide-eyed narrator, rather confusingly named Shankar and shaped by the hotel he comes to work in, the same Shahjahan.

Shankar’s real name is Mani Shankar Mukherjee. Poor young man in calcutta lands a job in an upscale hotel. Each of the characters is portrayed beautifully and true to nature. I felt comfortable every time that I opened it, knowing that I would thoroughly enjoy the next hour or two. The manager, Marco Polo, takes a liking to him as well, and young Shankar is given more responsibilities by both men.

A nice read, a light book which one can read at his own pace. The glamorous yet naive air hostess Sujata Mitra, the Goan singer Gomez who might have gone past his prime but in spirits remains as fresh as the melodies of Mozart and Beethoven, Karabi the beautiful hostess for the guests of Suite No.


It is a kind of book which one should read while travelling. Something about their use of English is both charming and erudite.

It is a kind of book which one sho A nice read, a light book which one can read at his own pace. I used to stay at [the hotel] Shahjahan’s servants’ quarters as his employee. Chowringhee is set in Calcutta’s Shahjahan Hotel.

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The Shahjahan has cousins scattered around the world: Barwell provided the mat Shankar’s real name is Mani Shankar Mukherjee. Whilst being uniformly enjoyable and engaging, it definitely had the feel of something from another time.

Set in ‘s Calcutta, Chowringhee revolves around Sankar and his employment as a receptionist at Hotel Shahjahan. Available for the first time in English, Chowringhee is as much a dirge as it is a homage to a city and its people.

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To view it, click here. He recounts the stories of several people whose lives come together in the suites, restaurants, bars and backrooms of the hotel.

Ultimately you end up creating a fictitious AND fictional patois. Three and a ha It’s hardly a comedy, the main character is a tragic figure indeed, but that’s what it purports to be. Well, he ends up behind the chowringheee desk of one of the most revered hotels of colonial Calcutta, the Shahjahan.