And the Teesta Flows... is the biography of a mountain river the Teesta. The book traces the river s course right form its origin in North Sikkim to its confluence with the Brahmaputra in Bangladesh. However, what lies as an undertone in this narrative is the story of a girl Teesta, the river her namesake who lived to see only thirteen summers. Authors Utpal and Samita Chauduri have constantly travelled to the Himalayas seeking a reflection of their daughter in the perennial flow of the river Teesta. Thus begins a story.
About the Author:
Written in the style of a diary without chronology, the book sketches the diversity of the people living by the Teesta, delineating the tales of their philosophies, their lifestyles, their livelihoods and their emotions. The anecdotes that find place in the narrative are the authors first-hand experiences of interactions with them. A memoir, a piece of dedication, an offering in remembrance of a loved one, call it what you may, this book is bound to touch your heart.
Samita Chaudhuri did her post-graduation from the Jadavpur University in pharmaceutical technology, followed by a doctoral and post-doctoral research from the Calcutta University. She has served as a quality assurance manager at various pharmaceutical companies and is presently teaching pharmacy at a government polytechnic college. Samita is also a trained rock climber, an experienced high-altitude trekker and a passionate photographer.
Utpal Chaudhuri is an alumnus of Hindu School and a pharmacy graduate from the Jadavpur University. A university blue in badminton and hockey, he is a passionate photographer. His photographs have earned recognition both within and outside India. A trained High-altitude trekker with experience in Bengal, Sikkim, Kumaon, Garhwal and Nepal, Utpal has also topped various debate competitions at the national level. He retired as assistant director of drugs control, West Bengal government, in 2013.
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