Amit Chaudhuri is a well-known novelist, writer, critic, editor, and singer. He was born in Calcutta in 1962 and raised up in Bombay. The name of his father is Nagas Chandra Chaudhuri. He was the first Indian CEO of Britannia Industries Limited. His mother’s name is Bijoya Chaudhuri. She was a singer at Rabindra Sangeet, Nazrulgeeti, Atul Prasad, and Hindi Bhajans. Amit Chaudhary completed his schooling at Cathedral and John Connon School, Bombay. Later, he moved to London and completed his degree in English at the University College London. He wrote his doctoral dissertation on DH Lawrence’s poetry at Balliol College, Oxford. He is married to Rosinka Chaudhuri. They have one daughter, her name is Aruna. He developed a keen interest in reading books at very small age. He used to sit in his father’s reading room and read his books collection.
He was greatly influenced by books. He also learned music from his mother. At the age of 5, his mother trained him to learn music. At his school, he was part of the music band although he was always spending time with his books. He used to score top grades while he was in his school. After completing his schooling, he moved to London to complete his college education. At his college, he developed a keen interest towards writing and used to write short stories and poems for his college’s magazines. He wrote his first book at the age of 29. The name of his first novel is ‘A Strange and Sublime Address’. Later he wrote Afternoon Raag (1993), Freedom Song (1998), A New World (2000), Random House Digital, Inc. (2002), The Immortals (2009), and Odysseus Abroad (2015). Recently, he wrote Friend of My Youth in 2017.
He also wrote various poems such as St. Cyril Road and much more. Some of his non-fiction novels are DH Lawrence and ‘difference’: post-colonialist and the poetry of the present. This novel was published at Oxford University Press. He also wrote Small Orange Flags, Clearing a Space: Reflections on India, and Calcutta: Two Years in the City. He also wrote articles for newspapers. It includes “Poles of Recovery: From Dutt to Chaudhuri”, and “Calcutta’s architecture is unique: Its destruction is the disaster for the city.” Some of his collection of edita is The Picador Book of Modern Indian Literature, and Memory’s Gold: Writings on Calcutta. His work is well-known worldwide, and has been called upon for interviews from many prominent writers magazines. James Wood wrote in “The New Yorker” about Chaudhuri saying, “Chaudhuri has made the best case for his aesthetic preferences in his own measures, subtle, light-footed fiction. It is rich with hanging vignettes of domestic and urban life; the atmosphere is impressionistic, poetry, softly comic…”