2014-02-26 14:50:09 - Death of a Brahmin is the latest novel by the author Arun Bhatacharjee. The readers can catch glimpses of author’s own world in this book
Arun Bhattacharjee was born in a village in eastern India. His family along with many other took the painful journey of coming back from Pakistan and settling down in India. He spent his early years of childhood in Bangladesh from where he did his schooling. He graduated from the University of Calcutta and finished his post graduate studies in journalism. He further pursued a fellowship program as the Reader’s Digest fellow in the United States with the World Press Institute.
He started his career in journalism with one of the newspaper in Calcutta. His job with the Press Foundation of Asia brought him to Delhi and finally started writing for newspapers from Teheran to Tokyo. He joined the United Nations services
in Nairobi—United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and UN Centre for Human Settlements (Habitat). Later he contributed as a freelance writer and taught communications and print media journalism as a visiting lecturer in two institutions in New Delhi. Later, he served with The Asian Institute for Development Communications (Aidcom) In Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.
He has authored five works on non-fiction. His first book, Dateline Mujibnagar, published by Vikas Publications from Delhi was a researched journalistic work based on the birth of Bangladesh. He wrote his second book Indian Press: from Profession to Industry while he was serving as the Assistant Director of Press Institute of India. His other books include Chasing the Missing Link which based on the relationship between development and communications technologies and economic development and Communications Technologies. He has also authored a short booklet “Reporting with A Gender Bias; A Handbook for Journalists” for UNESCO, while working with the Asian Institute for Development Communication at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Death of a Brahmin is the story of a Calcutta Journalist about his quest for life--an intrepid child’s struggle to reach a moral height. Wasted, as the global environment, family ties, and perceptions in rural and urban societies underwent tectonic changes. Catapulted into a world, least prepared for one from a conservative Brahmin family, living in a sylvan rural environment and with small-town companionship, Anil’s life has transformed into one he never bargained for. Poverty, family tragedies and a different career from educational profession pursued by his father and grandfather directly influenced his life henceforth.
Problem came later, after the death of Sunanda. It was the loneliness that affected him most, compelling him to withdraw from the rest of the world and take shelter in a mental sanatorium he visited during his early youth days in one of the hill stations of India. There he befriended a doctor and found in his wife a daughter he longed for. He fought a constant battle of wits with the psychiatrists and physicians at the sanatorium to play the role of a patient living with schizophrenia. Ultimately he took his own life through Brahminic, Vedic rites; invoking death, a constant companion, he was never afraid of.
The book is a heart touching story that is definite of striking a chord with the readers. Written ins simple language the book is meant for all. Read it on to explore author’s incredible writing skills and his exceptional visionary and imaginary abilities. The book has shades of a common man’s life and the sacrifices he makes in his journey called life.
Book : Death of a Brahmin
Author : Arun Bhattacharjee
ISBN : 978-93-83271-87-0
Price : Rs.340.00
Publishing Date: February 2014
Publisher: Power Publishers