The Top Of The Raintree

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The Top Of The Raintree
In The Top of the Raintree, Kamalini Sengupta deftly explores Calcutta in its heyday. Intricate personal, social, political and religious ironies are reflected through the surreal, the mundane and the real, The Rajmahal, a magnificent turn-of-the-century Calcutta mansion on Chowringhee, is imbued with a life of its own, its spaces inhabited by pigeons, ghosts and a diversity of tenants. Surjeet Shona, a complex hybrid, gets involved with the tenants, and their problems - a British couple adjusting to the new India, a Russian patron of Bengali theatre overwhelmed by the Great Bengal famine, an Anglo-Indian widow fighting alcoholism, an ageing Bengali fobbing off a younger brother desirous of his inheritance and an elegant Muslim family caught in the post-Partition Hindu-Muslim dichotomy. Brick by brick, the mansion grows old; chapter by chapter, stereotypes tumble.
About the Author
Kamalini Sengupta, former member of the Indian Administrative Service, is a writer, documentary filmmaker and freelance journalist and editor. The Top of the Raintree is her second published novel. She also runs an organization working in the field of education, the Surya Trust, which is a passionate commitment with her. Kamalini Sengupta is married and has two sons.
TitleThe Top Of The Raintree
Author NameKamalini Sengupta
PublisherRoli Books Pvt. Ltd.
Publication Year2006
Total No. of Pages293
Weight0.4 KGS
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