‘Day-Scholar’ by Siddharth Chowdhury

August 17, 2011 in Current Reading | Comments (4)



Day-Scholar by Siddharth Chowdhury (Picador, 2010)

An enjoyable tale of life in Delhi University in the 1990s. I was struck by how much the university, and indeed, the cultural climate of Delhi, had already changed since my own university days in the 1970s. Siddharth Chowdhury’s protagonist goes to book-readings and there seems to exist some kind of literary culture that makes it possible to discuss writing, publishing and the like.

In the 1970s book-readings were unheard of in Delhi, and to talk about writing (or even reading) was considered pretentious in the extreme: these were secrets whispered behind closed doors.




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  1. Comment by VM — August 20, 2011 at 3:02 am   Reply

    coincidentally read this over the last couple days too. his Patna Roughcut even better.

  2. Comment by Nishant — November 4, 2012 at 5:07 am   Reply

    Amitav Sir,
    Did you get a chance to read Patna Roughcut?
    I could draw a lot of parallels between your books (especially ‘The Shadow Lines’) and Patna Roughcut.

    • Comment by Chrestomather — November 4, 2012 at 11:08 pm   Reply

      I have not read ‘Patna Roughcut’ yet, but I did read Siddharth Chowdhury’s ‘Day Scholar’. I reviewed it on this site on 17/08/2011.

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