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Jun 29 '14
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If Lapierre's City of Joy captured the spirit of Calcutta of its slums, of its tribulations, Calcutta Dope provides a great promise to mildly and contextually open up the underbelly of the Calcutta or for that matter any modern Indian city youth through the eyes and experiences of Dhananjaya to the uninitiated reader. While underbelly might seem a bit of a backhanded connection, but to me the book is a bold attempt for an unhindered exploration of the trivialities, concerns and conflicts faced by the youth of our times, not just in this city but for most of us in any art of the world. In this era of endless stream of informations, choices and friends, and unabashed questioning of every moral code, the inner agonies of the guy next door, is what I feel Calcutta Dope is presenting. The book loosely tries to derive from several genres ranging from classics, to the fast moving Sheldon types, as well as the start and stop and loosely blurring thoughts found in several modern writers of the types of Seth or Ishiguro, while convincingly reflecting the authors honest attempt to discover his own style.

The comparison of the yellow taxis of Calcutta to the floating condoms, is the place where the author sets the tone for some beautiful imagery reminiscent most prominently only in the theatre movement of Kolkata these days and also of the French New Wave.


While its difficult to review a book without fully reading, but would certainly pick this up for a full read once published

Jun 29 '14
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