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(born February 28, 1936 in Kolkata
Kolkata , formerly known as Calcutta, is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal. Located on the east bank of the Hooghly River, it was the commercial capital of East India...
, India) is a fiction writer. His style is characterized by use of short satirical sentences mixed with very lively language.
Childhood and education
Sanjeev Chattopadhyay spent his childhood under strict guidance of his father after his mother died when he was five. He was admitted to school in seventh standard. at Victoria Institution in Calcutta. He studied chemistry at Scottish Church College, Calcutta
The Scottish Church College is the oldest continuously running Christian liberal arts and sciences college in India. It is affiliated with the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education , the West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education for the awarding of baccalaureate and post baccalaureate...
The plots of his fiction
Fiction is the form of any narrative or informative work that deals, in part or in whole, with information or events that are not factual, but rather, imaginary—that is, invented by the author. Although fiction describes a major branch of literary work, it may also refer to theatrical,...
are set amidst Calcutta families. Within the confines of these homes, he challenges the moral values of the fast-changing middle class
The middle class is any class of people in the middle of a societal hierarchy. In Weberian socio-economic terms, the middle class is the broad group of people in contemporary society who fall socio-economically between the working class and upper class....
of the city. Chattopadhyay frequently uses old men as his protagonists. These aged characters create the spiritual and philosophical edge found in his novels Lotakambal
(The Blanket and Quilt) and Shakha Prasakha
(Branches). His most famous novella Swetpatharer tebil
(The Ivory Table) is an example of his characteristic style of story-telling which mixes tension, dilemma, curiosity, pity, humor, and satire. He has written fiction for children and continues to write for magazines and newspapers. Chattopdhyay current writing is related to Ramkrishna Paramhansa Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda. Some of his major works apart from the above mentioned are:
- Parampadokamale (At His Divine Feet)
- Duti Chair (Two Chairs)
- Roshe Boshe
- Rakish Maa Roshe Boshe
- Besh Achhi Roshe Boshe
- Tumi Aar Aami (You And I)
- Eke Eke (One By One)
- Kolkata Achhe Kolkatatei (Calcutta Is In Calcutta)
Chattopadhyay is the recipient of the Ananda Puraskar in 1981.