Age of Anxiety: Growing up in Post-Colonial India

Indranil Banerjie
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Genres: Literary Fiction, Multicultural, Offbeat or Quirky. Format: eBook. Views: This Week 56, Total 929.
India has been Independent for just about two decades when a young Bengali boy, Sarat Chandra Chatterjee, takes his place within the portals of an ancient school that continues to glorify its colonial past. India is changing and the city that was once the proud capital of a vast Colonial empire is in rapid decline but the school holds out, white and resplendent amidst the surrounding gloom and depredation.

Within the schools portals he must adapt and conform to its ancient traditions. He finds a new name, makes friends and discovers the first flush of romance but struggles to come to terms with his familys precarious financial situation, which fuels his inherent anxiety. Will Sarat Chandra find his place in the city or is he forever doomed to be the outsider, the mofussil boy with an identity crisis?

This is a story about a generation numbed by the anxiety of the Sixties and the Seventies, about music dying in the bars, entire populations quietly fleeing the city and yesteryear's generation fortifying themselves within anachronistic colonial institutions to hold out against change.
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