1971 was a happening year in my life. My dad passed away from a massive heart attack that ended his life in fifteen minutes. A few months later that winter I fell sick with typhoid and the Bangladesh war of liberation broke out. I hazily remember the sound of the siren every evening signaling the beginning of a blackout. Darkness was an endeavor to not let enemy planes spot our homes.


During this period millions of refugees from Bangladesh, then East Pakistan, poured into India. They lived in terrible unhealthy conditions in various refugee camps that were always short in supplies.  Some infringed and lived in the suburbs in temporary sheds and ventured into the nearby townships begging food.


We were ordinary middle class yet mom and some neighbors cooked a bit extra every day to feed those hungry mouths that came requesting for food at our door.  Calcutta in Shorts is a collection of short stories inspired by my life during these times.

About Sanjoy Dutt

Sanjoy Dutt, an engineer, and a linguist is passionate about traveling and writing. He has lived and worked in various places in India and Nepal and now lives in America. While exposed to the struggles of life in early childhood he is a strong believer that challenges in life makes you stronger. He and his wife Lindsay enjoy exploring areas of the US and occasionally struggle with the pots and pans in the kitchen. Sometimes the experiments are delightful.​ Sanjoy has written travelogues and short stories for various journals in Bengali and English. As a child, Sanjoy loved drawing pictures. He has done all the illustrations for his book 'Calcutta in Shorts'.
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