Calcutta in Shorts

Short stories from Calcutta



A Calcuttan is univocal in admiration for the city, its vibrancy, the colors and the warmth of Calcutta resonates between the lines of “Calcutta in Shorts”.


‘The Coffee House’ is a story which reeks with old – age charm. It begins with a crisp, catchy dialogue between Munna, the waiter, and Setu, the old – time customer, his unseen friends, filling the vacant seats, the silent monolog which ensues and the scattered surprised onlookers all around. The faded decor, the self- same conversations which fills the air, establishes an aura of mystery and heightens the surprising twist at the end. A story that keeps the reader glued to the lines. A beautiful portrait of the many life sequences which unfurl within the precincts of ‘The Coffee House’ even today.


‘Dream Chasers’ nurtures the latent desires of youth, which haunts and mesmerizes them into wearing blinkers and guides their footsteps into a  cesspool of deceit, agony, and misery.


‘Homeless’ portrays the inherent sadness of those forced to relinquish their hearth, pick up their tiny bundle of the remnants, they, once upon a time, called ‘home’ and leave their place of birth and move towards unknown horizons.


‘Mithu’, welcomes us into a sunlit zone filled with love and laughter, the beautiful connect that exists between different species made by the same Maker. The ones we proclaim made ‘in His own image ‘ and those who are a tad lower in intelligence or are they?  The deep love, trust and bond which invariably exists between the two. A beautiful description which depicts the friendship that throbs and emanates between Man and a Bird.


What is poignant about these short stories is that each subtly paints a niche character of the great city, Calcutta.


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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