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Sankar (Mani Sankar Mukherji) is one of Bengal’s most widely read modern novelists. He is also the author of several non-fiction bestsellers, including a biography of Swami Vivekananda. Two of his novels, Seemabaddha (Company Limited) and Jana Aranya (The Middleman) were filmed by Satyajit Ray. He lives in Calcutta.
A classic in India this has now been translated in to English and is a thoroughly absorbing novel set in a hotel in Calcutta. Following the everyday lives of those who enter the hotel, the staff are like a family and we watch their highs and lows. A wonderful snapshot of life in Calcutta, full of anecdotes and incidents.