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Chandrahas Choudhury
Author

Chandrahas Choudhury is a writer, teacher and journalist based in India. An avid reader he has authored three fictions: Arzee the Dwarf, Clouds, and Days of my China Dragon. His novel Arzee the Dwarf was shortlisted for the Commonwealth First Book Prize and chosen by World Literature Today as one of '60 Essential English-Language Works of Modern Indian Literature’ and Clouds: A Novel earned him a spot on the longlist of JCB Prize for Literature in 2018. Arzee the Dwarf, was also published in Odia as ‘Bamana Arzee’. His short stories are included in the anthologies India, First Proof 2, and India Shining. His latest book My Country Is Literature,  is a book of literary essays, published by Simon & Schuster, with over 60 essays on writers and books (including many Indian novelists.) He is also the editor of India: A Traveller’s Literary Companion

Choudhury writes about literature, travel and politics for a number of periodicals, including the Wall Street Journal, Mint, Washington Post, Conde Nast Traveller, Foreign Policy, EnRoute and The National. He was a visiting fellow at the International Writing Programme at the University of Iowa in 2010, at Akademie Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany in 2016 and of the Instituto Sacatar in Brazil in 2017.