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Kunal Basu

Kunal Basu

Kunal Basu was born in Calcutta and has travelled widely. He lives in Calcutta and in Oxford, where he is Reader in Marketing at the Saïd Business School and Fellow of Templeton College, Oxford University.

He is the author of five novels, including THE MINIATURIST (Orion, 2003), RACISTS (Orion, 2006) and THE YELLOW EMPEROR’S CURE (Duckworth, 2012), as well as a book of short stories, THE JAPANESE WIFE (HarperCollins 2008), whose title story is now a film of the same name, directed by Aparna Sen.

Jamshed, the central character in Kunal’s latest novel KALKATTA, is a Bihari Muslim and a gigolo – a male prostitute. His story is also a tale of the real Kalkatta as it is experienced by its diverse inhabitants, bursting with vividly drawn people and bustling and dangerous life.