Rajorshi Chakraborti - novelist, essayist and short story writer...
about the author

I'm so pleased to share that my forthcoming novel, Shakti, a supernatural mystery thriller, will be out in New Zealand and Australia with Penguin Random House in February 2020. 

Some thoughts I was invited to share before and after that epic cricket World Cup final. You can also find more of my Radio New Zealand contributions on various topics here.

I am honoured for my writing life to be included among the Writers Files of the New Zealand Book Council. 

Delighted to share that The Man Who Would Not See has been longlisted in the fiction section of the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards, 2019. It is an incredible list to be part of, and I'm thrilled and honoured.

My latest novel, The Man Who Would Not See, is available to buy in Australia and NZ, published by Penguin Random House. You can also order the book here with free worldwide delivery, and the Kindle edition is available here or here. The New Zealand Listener describes it as "an absorbing, gripping read that is ultimately about the importance of family and the emotional labour required to create deep, honest connections." This is from the Dominion Post (Wellington): "The Man Who Would Not See is a compelling book about the dislocation of belonging, geography, culture and, ultimately, memory." The Otago Daily Press called it "a sophisticated work that shows an acute awareness of changing psychological states and motivations ..." Landfall describes it as a "wise and moral novel [which] "offers plenty of valuable insights on personal conflict and resolution and, by extension perhaps, something towards peaceful resolution of political and institutional conflict." And this is from the Nelson Mail: "His writing continues to provide haunting narratives that ask pressing moral questions about how perception affects the human condition and how past events can change people."

The Man Who Would Not See has reached No 3 on the NZ fiction bestseller list. Its opening is available to read here. You can listen to a conversation about the novel with Kim Hill on Radio New Zealand here, and with Morrin Rout of Plains FM here. Further reviews on the Booksellers NZ Blog and the NZ Booklovers Blog are also accessible.

A most enjoyable half-hour chatting about some of my favourite music, books and movies with Jesse Mulligan, here on RNZ.

Honoured to have a story of mine, A Good Dry Cleaner is Worth A Story, included as part of the Short Story Club on RNZ. Here is the discussion that resulted.

Two stories of mine, Out of Zone and The Man of the Moment, are now available to download for readers everywhere at the Juggernaut website. I've also put together a list of stories and articles that are free to read online. You can find them at Tehelka, Turbine, The Punch, Earthen Lamp JournalSport, The Hindu, Northeast ReviewAntiserious and Amazon.

An article about our daughter Leela's reading, and my dream of writing for Leela.

I'm delighted to share an essay, and some photographs, of mine from the Calcutta Architectural Legacies website, on my years of exploring Calcutta on foot, one walk at a time.

A video of a wonderful panel discussion in which I participated at the Bangalore Literature Festival, 2017, is available here. You can read about one of my writing workshops at the festival here, and watch a video here

A radio interview about a wonderful new collection of essays, The Fuse Box, published by VUP, can be heard here, in which I talk about my experiences teaching in prisons as part of the Write Where You Are collective.

An article on moving to and settling in Wellington, New Zealand, in The Hindu, December 2016.

An article by the critic Jai Arjun Singh, published shortly after our conversation at the Chandigarh Literature Festival, 2014, in which he discusses a novel and an essay of mine.

Between May and early August 2012, Mumbai Rollercoaster reached, and stayed at, No 3 on The Hindu bestseller list. It was also one of five books to have received an 'honourable mention' in the Children's Writing category of the Economist-Crossword Book Awards, 2011.

My Instagram account is here, I tweet @rajorshiNZ, and my Facebook author page is below. 




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