Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Rajorshi Chakraborti Coming to JU

My good friend Rajorshi from Edinburgh is in town to launch his new book Mumbai Rollercoaster. He's going to be at Worldview on Friday 25 Nov at 3pm for a little interactive talk on the book. Please come down and meet him, all you Wripers.

Here's the official notice from Hachette
About the book:

Everything had been going swimmingly for Rahul and Zeenat. OK, so they had to hide their relationship from disapproving parents, and could only meet at specified times up in that abandoned building. But at least they saw each other regularly, which is saying a lot here in Mumbai, where privacy can be a priceless commodity.

Until Rahul went and spoiled it all by saying something stupid like —I found a body. And adding, I think I know who did it, so let’s try and get him.

As events unfold with unstoppable momentum, Rahul and Zeenat grow to recognize the reach and power of their adversary, and understand that the only help they can call upon is from a poor twelve-year-old boy, who would himself be in desperate trouble if his connection to them was ever revealed.

Soon their families are in as much danger as they are. Under such pressure, it seems inevitable that they will also lose each other. Will Rahul and Zeenat be able to save anything they love? What is the true nature of the organization they have uncovered? And, just as importantly, what will they learn about themselves during the trials by fire that follow, as old loyalties shift, and there are as many temptations as threats.

About the author:

Rajorshi Chakraborti is an Indian novelist, essayist and short story writer. He was born in 1977 in Calcutta, and grew up there and in Mumbai. He has also lived and studied in Canada, England and Scotland, and worked, between 2007 and 2010, as a lecturer in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh. He currently lives in Wellington, New Zealand.

Rajorshi is the author of four novels so far, Or the Day Seizes You, Shadow Play, Balloonists and Mumbai Rollercoaster. Or the Day Seizes You was shortlisted for the Vodafone Crossword Book Award in 2006, and was translated into Spanish as La Vida Que Nos Lleva. Shadow Play was originally published in 2008 under the title Derangements.

Rajorshi has also published reviews, short stories and essays in several periodicals and anthologies, including the Edinburgh Review, The Istanbul Review, Excess: The Tehelka Book of Stories, Why We Don't Talk, Too Asian, Not Asian Enough, The Edinburgh Introduction to Studying English Literature, and The Popcorn Essayists: What Movies do to Writers.

Do join us for refreshments after the event. Look forward to seeing you there.

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