An intriguing novel set in India and New Zealand; the past and the present . . .
Rajorshi Chakraborti is an Indian-born novelist, essayist and short story writer, and great grandson of the Bengali writer Hemendra Kumar Roy. 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. Between 2007 and 2010, he worked as a lecturer in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh, where he completed his doctoral studies in African and Indian Literature. He now lives with his family in Wellington, New Zealand. Rajorshi is the author of five novels and a collection of short fiction. Or the Day Seizes You was shortlisted for the Crossword Book Award in 2006, one of the best-known prizes for English-language writing in India, and has appeared in a Spanish translation entitled La Vida Que Nos Lleva. Mumbai Rollercoaster received an honourable mention in the Children's Writing category of the Crossword Book Awards, 2011. Rajorshi has also published reviews, short stories and essays in several periodicals and anthologies, including Turbine, Sport, Juggernaut, The Hindu, The Punch, Tehelka, Northeast Review, Earthen Lamp Journal, Antiserious, the Edinburgh Review, The Istanbul Review, Excess- The Tehelka Book of Stories, Why We Don't Talk, Too Asian, Not Asian Enough (An Anthology of New British-Asian Fiction), The Edinburgh Introduction to Studying English Literature, and The Popcorn Essayists- What Movies do to Writers. His short story 'Knock, Knock' won second prize in the 2011 Sunday Star-Times Short Story Award, he belongs to the Write Where You Are (WWYA) Trust in Wellington, which aims to increase the accessibility of creative writing among groups that face barriers to participation in the arts, and he i