‘Witty polished honest and insightful The Epic City is likely to become for Calcutta what Suketu Mehta’s classic Maximum City is for Mumbai’ William Dalrymple Observer When Kushanava Choudhury arrived in New Jersey at the age of twelve he had already migrated halfway around the world four times. After graduating from Princeton he moved back to Calcutta the city which his immigrant parents had abandoned. Taking a job at a newspaper he found the streets of his childhood unchanged. Shouting hawkers still overran the footpaths fish sellers squatted on bazaar floors; and politics still meant barricades and bus burnings. The Epic City is a soulful compelling and often hilarious account of this metropolis of fifteen million people that is truly a world unto itself.