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Upamanyu Chatterjee
উপমন্যু চট্টোপাধ্যায়

Upamanyu Chatterjee at a reading in New Delhi
Born 1959
Patna, Bihar, India
Occupation author
Nationality Indian
Ethnicity Bengali
Alma mater St. Xavier’s School, Delhi, St. Stephen’s College, Delhi
Genre Novel

For me, comedy is richer and larger than anything else.
I feel completely at home in the absurdities of India.
Advances don't fundamentally interest me. It sounds terribly naive, but money doesn't really mean anything to me. If a lot of money came my way, I'm certainly not going to say no. But it hasn't come my way as yet, and I'm not heartbroken.
Upamanyu Chatterjee
I don't think I would do better books if I wrote full time. I write for amateurish reasons.
Upamanyu Chatterjee
Well, life is dark, isn't it? Mostly, it's dreadful. At the same time, death is funny too. I mean, look at the fuss we make of it.
Upamanyu Chatterjee
The more languages you know, the less likely you are to become a terrorist.
Upamanyu Chatterjee
Governance is complex, difficult, and on the whole, thankless – why ever should the Bright Young Things leave the management of their hotels, newspapers, banks, TV channels and corporations to join, like fleas on a behemoth, the government? Wherein lies the difference between the two worlds?
Upamanyu Chatterjee
Anyone who has grown up in Delhi knows it's horrible.
So much better to write pen on paper; you can do it anywhere, say, while stuck at the airport.
Upamanyu Chatterjee
I need to have some depth in my characters. That's why they are all Bengalis. I can't imagine writing a book with someone called Saxena as the hero.
Upamanyu Chatterjee
People should have literary and cultural taste and should not bomb hotels.
It's a huge headache – the more money you have, the more hassles. I find money very uncomfortable.
Upamanyu Chatterjee
Amidst one's daily clutter, one doesn't usually reflect on the splendour of being free because – naturally – one has to get on with the business of living.
Upamanyu Chatterjee