Nirad C. Chaudhuri

Author: Nirad C. Chaudhuri

Profile: Nirad C. Chaudhuri is one of the finest authors in India having great flair in Bengali and English, equally. He began his career in the Indian army as accountant and started writing for popular newspapers and magazines. He was listed as one of the greatest writers in India, with The Autobiography of a Unknown Indian, his masterpiece in the year 1951. His life was negatively affected with the controversial acknowledgement of this book. He lost his job in the Government service, was not awarded his pension and labeled as a blacklisted author.

Writing style: The books Nirad C. Chaudhuri pens down are considered to be prime authority on the cultures and histories of India during colonialism of the British.

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Awards and Acknowledgements:

1967 – Duff Cooper Memorial Award

1975 – Sahitya Akademi Award

1988 – Ananda Purashkar

1990 – DLitt (Oxford University)

1997 – Vidyasagar Purashkar (By the Government of West Bengal)

1997 – Desikottama (By Viswabharati)


1951 – The Autobiography of an Unknown Indian

1959 – A Passage to England

1965 – The Continent of Circe

1967 – The Intellectual in India

1971 – To Live or Not to Live

1974 – Scholar Extraordinary, The Life of Professor the Right Honourable Friedrich Max Muller, P.C.

1976 – Culture in the Vanity Bag

1975 – Clive of India

1979 – Hinduism: A Religion to Live by

1987 – Thy Hand, Great Anarch!

1997 – Three Horsemen of the New Apocalypse

The East is East and West is West (collection of pre-published essays)

Read realted notes  Analysis of ‘Still Here’ by Langston Hughes

From the Archives of a Centenarian (collection of pre-published essays)

Why I Mourn for England (collection of pre-published essays)

Books in Bengali

Bangali Jibane Ramani (Role of Woman in Bengali Life)

Atmaghati Bangali (Suicidal Bengalee)

Atmaghati Rabindranath (Suicidal Rabindranath)

Amar Debottar Sampatti (My Bequeathed Property)

Nirbachita Prabandha (Selected Essays)

Aji Hote Satabarsha Age (Before a Hundred Years) (A Hundred years ago)