Prithvi Chaudhuri and Ramola Chaudhuri, the son anddaughter of noted author Nirad C Chaudhuri visited Natraj Publishers on Rajpur Road as part of the World Book Daycelebrations at the Green Bookshop. They appreciated the choice of books on display and sale and in appreciation of the efforts made by the bookshop to develop reading culture in the city, they presented a set of cufflinks belonging to their father, Nirad C Chaudhuri to Upendra Arora, owner of the bookshop. Ramola Chaudhuri later disclosed that these were worn by their father when he received the decoration of ‘Commander of the British Empire’ from Queen Elizabeth. Incidentally, the same set was chosen by Chaudhuri when he went to call on Jacqueline Kennedy, the then first lady of the United States, at the Buckingham Palace.
Nirad C Chaudhuri was born on November 23, 1897, in the East Bengal town of Kishorganj, now in Bangladesh. He lived in Kolkata and Delhi before settling in England in 1970. He began writing his first book Autobiography of an Unknown Indian in 1947, and it was published in England in 1951, and remains in print even today. An instant success, the book is one of the classics of contemporary Indian literature. It provoked a furious debate for its controversial insights into Indian and European history. In 1955, at the age of 57, Chaudhuri first visited England to broadcast a series of talks for the BBC, and this memorable journey prompted him to write The Passage to England. He won the Duff Cooper Memorial Prize for The Continent of Circe. He lived in Oxford, England till his death in 1999.Wednesday, 24 April 2019 | PNS | Dehradun