Why Calcutta?
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Why Calcutta? stories by Iris Devadasan

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Published by Writers Workshop in Calcutta .
Written in English

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Edition Notes

StatementIris Devadasan.
LC ClassificationsPR9499.3.D4774 W47 1994
The Physical Object
Pagination56 p. ;
Number of Pages56
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL947695M
ISBN 108171896901, 817189691X
LC Control Number95904821

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In the popular imagination, Calcutta is a packed and pestilential sprawl, made notorious by the Black Hole and the works of Mother Teresa. Kipling called it a City of Dreadful Night, and a century later V.S. Naipaul, Gunter Grass and Louis Malle revived its hellish image. This is the place where the West first truly encountered the East/5(4).   "Calcutta" is a great book. I recently purchased three copies. One for myself and two to give away as gifts. Anyone interested in Indian history will love this book. Although this particular book is more about Calcutta during the 60's 70's and 80's with frequent references to earlier British s: This book offers insights into a chapter of Calcutta’s history that is frightening and inspiring at the same time. David Lockwood takes readers back to when the city was bombed by the.   Bengal had the earliest printing presses in India; during the 19th and early 20th centuries more books were produced in Calcutta, the capital, than in almost any other city in the world. This was not surprising given that Bengal was the site of perhaps the most profound response to the colonial encounter; and in the middle of the 19th century Released on: Octo