Days and Nights in Calcutta is a candid look at the dizzying complexities and contradictions of Indian life told from two very different points of view. In 1973, Clark Blaise and his Bengali wife, Bharati Mukherjee, decided to spend a year in India with her family. Clark came as a Westerner, a stranger in a strange land trying to adjust to a large upper-class Indian family and to a tradition-bound society governed by unfamiliar rules and patterns. After an absence of fourteen years, Bharati was returning to test her childhood memories and to examine the woman she might have become had she followed the traditional course expected of her. Days and Nights in Calcutta is an illuminating journal that recounts a modern passage to India with insight, humor, and compassion.
Bharati gives an overview of the book:
Of Bengali origin, Bharati Mukherjee was born in Calcutta, West Bengal, India. She later traveled with her parents to Europe after Independence, only returning to Calcutta in the early 1950s. There she attended the Loreto School, Kolkata. She received her Bachelor of Arts...