26 November, 2020

Bibliofile

Upamanyu Chatterjee becomes a full-time writer at long last, the Snowden-Roy-Cusack conversation in book form and why A. Raja's book plans are shelved for now

Bibliofile
outlookindia.com
2016-07-22T22:40:33+05:30
‘Taking Pension’

English August has fina­lly quit the civil services. Upa­manyu Chatterjee, whose semi-autobiographical novel English, August: An Indian Story (1988), about young IAS recruit Agastya Sen, is a cult classic, has retired from the government, three years before his tenure ends. He was with the President’s protocol office during much of Pratibha Patil’s reign and his last posting was with the petroleum ministry. “Now I am a full-time writer,” he says in his endearing, deadpan manner. Chatterjee is in the middle of writing a book of short stories.

Snowed Over

Arundhati Roy met whistle-­blower Edward Snowden along with actor John Cusack last year. Their conversations, part of which Outlook published exclusively in November 2015 as

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