"Kalkatta is a riveting novel about the dispossessed whose lives are buffeted by the consequences of Partition. Kunal Basu's compelling portrait of life in a marginalized ghetto urges us to re-think our commonplace assumptions about illegal migrants, illicit occupations and our own moral self-righteousness. Through a gentle and moving story about the life of an individual who inhabits a world alien to most of us, Basu invites us to reflect on the many betrayals that we perpetrate on those who have not inherited our privileges. Kalkatta is timely, thought-provoking, insightful and extremely readable." - Sharmila Tagore

"Bawdy and brilliant, Kalkatta is a compelling story of outsiders looking in." - Mohammed Hanif

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