Essential Items: Stories from a Land in Lockdown

Author:

Udayan Mukerjee

Publisher:

Bloomsbury Publishing India Pvt. Ltd.

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Publisher

Bloomsbury Publishing India Pvt. Ltd.

Publication Year 2020
ISBN-13

9789390252213

ISBN-10 9390252210
Binding

Paperback

Edition First
Number of Pages 272 Pages
Language (English)
Dimensions (Cms) 20.3 x 25.4 x 4.7
Weight (grms) 220

IT IS THE DREADFUL SUMMER OF THE 2020 PANDEMIC, AND INDIA IS IN LOCKDOWN.


 


A British climber stranded in the Himalayan border town of Munsiyari forms a bond with his host's seven-year-old grandson. Two funeral workers at a Benaras ghat try to work their way out of the dwindling business of cremations. A domestic worker, sent on paid leave, grapples with the shifting landscape for people on the margins of an urban metropolis. Hundreds of returning migrant workers turn up unannounced at the gates of an erstwhile Rajbari


in Kolkata in the wake of a devastating cyclone.


In Essential Items, Udayan Mukherjee examines oft overlooked human attributes - resilience, faith, endurance - put to test by a pandemic-forced lockdown. Written in stark, minimalist prose, these poignant but darkly funny stories expose deep cracks in our societal structures, papered over by the myth of growing prosperity.

Udayan Mukerjee

Udayan Mukherjee was born in Calcutta. For two decades, he was the face of the Indian financial markets, as anchor and Managing Editor of CNBC. He is the author of the novel Dark Circles, also published by Bloomsbury, and the crime novel A Death in the Himalayas. This is his third book.
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