‘Kalagora’ is a Hindi neologism meaning ‘black man / white man’. This book tells his story: from a wild Millennium eve party in Manhattan to homecoming amid the grime and glory of London’s East End. In this dazzling debut collection by Siddhartha Bose, the global wanderer pays witness to traffic accidents and street surrealism in Mumbai – the irresistible ‘city of motion’ – observing the uncanny and the unexpected at the start of the 21st century.
Across continents and time-zones, a story emerges of love, chaos and addiction, a tale that evokes the colour and raw energy of these hybrid, multi-cultural cities.
“Bose’s métier is a kind of breathless urban Romanticism… daring the reader to keep up.”
Siddhartha Bose is a poet and performer based in London. He grew up in Mumbai and Calcutta, followed by a seven year itch in the USA. Selections of his work have appeared in the anthologies City State: New London Poetry
(Penned in the Margins, 2009) and Voice Recognition: 21 Poets for the 21st Century (Bloodaxe, 2009). Bose has recently completed a PhD at Queen Mary, University of London, where he also teaches poetry and Shakespeare. He is playwright-in-residence with WhynotTheatre, Toronto.