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by Sunetra Gupta

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Author: Sunetra Gupta
ISBN: 1861590660
ISBN13: 978-1861590664
Language: English
Publisher: Phoenix House (1999)
Pages: 217
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Sunetra Gupta was born in 1965 in Calcutta and as a child lived in both Ethiopia and Zambia.

Sunetra Gupta was born in 1965 in Calcutta and as a child lived in both Ethiopia and Zambia. She graduated from Princeton in 1987 with a degree in biology. A Sin of Color was shortlisted for the Crossword Book Award, a respected award in India; and nominated for the Orange Prize, the award for the best novel written by a woman in the .

Sunetra Gupta (born 15 March 1965) is a novelist, and Professor of Theoretical Epidemiology at the University of Oxford with an interest in infectious disease agents that are responsible for malaria, HIV, influenza and bacterial meningitis

Sunetra Gupta (born 15 March 1965) is a novelist, and Professor of Theoretical Epidemiology at the University of Oxford with an interest in infectious disease agents that are responsible for malaria, HIV, influenza and bacterial meningitis. She is a recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award. Gupta was born in Calcutta, India to Dhruba and Minati Gupta. She trained in biology, holding a bachelor's degree from Princeton University and a P. from Imperial College London.

A Sin Of Colour book. A well crafted book, this had me engrossed for the most part. Writing in rich detail, Gupta takes us through the travails of obsession across time and space. At first, I was very impressed by the shifting viewpoints of the narration, going from person to person, and from time to time.

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A Sin of Colour He finds a book on Bohemian glass, and leafs gladly through it. .Asked about the origins of A Sin of Colour, Sunetra Gupta explains how the idea came to her.

A man in his late thirties is last seen entering a punt on the Cherwell in Oxford. When no further trace of him is found, Debendranath Roy is presumed drowned. He finds a book on Bohemian glass, and leafs gladly through it, until the bookseller reminds him of the price - you can of course pay in instalments, he says. Yes, I know, says Debendranath Roy, but it still may not be something that I can afford. Actually, you still owe me some money, says the man. Debendranath Roy looks up at him where he sits high above a mound of books.

So frankly, I’m impressed when Sunetra Gupta tells me that she managed to do.Gupta describes the increasingly commercial world of book publishing, the commoditisation of the novel

So frankly, I’m impressed when Sunetra Gupta tells me that she managed to do both simultaneously, publishing her debut novel, Memories of Rain, when aged 27. When I say this, Gupta laughs. The fourth, A Sin of Colour, won the Southern Arts prize and was longlisted for the Orange (now Baileys) Prize. Then, after a five-year gap when Gupta was writing but not publishing, she finished her fifth novel, So Good in Black. And it was rejected by everyone! They didn’t think it would sell. Gupta describes the increasingly commercial world of book publishing, the commoditisation of the novel. She was even advised to abandon her fifth novel because it wasn’t profitable.

A Sin Of Colour By Sunetra Gupta Penguin Price: Rs 200 Pages: 217. This is a novel about three generations of a family whose story unfolds in Oxford and a house called Mandalay in Calcutta. Built by a British officer, this exquisite mansion is bought by the wealthy Roys. Debendranath Roy is one of the inhabitants of Mandalay who goes on to become a professor at the University of Oxford. One day Debendranath disappears -or "dies".

Sunetra Gupta (born 15 March 1965) is a novelist, and Professor of Theoretical Epidemiology at the University of Oxford with an interest in infectious disease agents that are responsible for . A Sin of Colour (1999). So Good in Black (2009).

Sunetra Gupta (born 15 March 1965) is a novelist, and Professor of Theoretical Epidemiology at the University of Oxford with an interest in infectious disease agents that are responsible for malaria, HIV, influenza and bacterial meningitis. YouTube Encyclopedic.

Sunetra Gupta was born in Calcutta, India, on 15 March 1965 and spent her . In her latest novel, A Sin of Colour (1999), the plot revolves around the Roy’s family home of Mandalay (think du Maurier’s Rebecca) i.

Sunetra Gupta was born in Calcutta, India, on 15 March 1965 and spent her childhood in Ethiopia and Zambia. She returned to Calcutta as a teenager and began writing, encouraged by her father who introduced her to the work of the Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore. As Gupta herself explains it: 'This book puzzled those who thought that I was their master of multiculturalism. It dawned on them that the adriftness they were seeking in my book was in fact an adriftness of the mind, rather than exile from culture and country. In her latest novel, A Sin of Colour (1999), the plot revolves around the Roy’s family home of Mandalay (think du Maurier’s Rebecca) in Calcutta.

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Sunetra Gupta's 'A Sin of Colour' took me some time to read. Not because it was a difficult read, but because I kept going back and forth to savor the words and language, something that very few books have made me do, for some time now.
'A Sin of Colour' is about the choices made by its two main protagonists, Debendranath Roy and his niece Niharika during two different time periods, when both are in their late youth. The book oscillates between Calcutta, rural Bengal, Oxford and the US, with most of the action occurring in Calcutta and Oxford. Both are the victims of unrequited love; this colors their lives profoundly, eventually leading them to their sins. Debendranath Roy with Reba, married to his brother, famous, an artiste, musician and actress and Niharika with Daniel Faraday, married, friend of Morgan and the last man to have seen Debendranath alive.
Sections of the book are named after different colors, starting with amethyst and progressing through indigo, azure, jade, saffron, ochre and ending with crimson. Multiple sins of color, all revolving around the one sin which forms the basis of the book; Debendranath's retirement from this world, his ultimate freedom from the clutches of relationships and demands that are foisted upon most of us by the very fact that we live in the society that we do, a retirement that starts when he is assumed drowned in the waters of a river in Oxford. The sin of wanting true freedom, away from all bindings, social or otherwise; the ability to do what you want, when you want, the way you want to. The sin of 'sanyas'.
The book keeps jumping back and forth in time, sketching the lives and times of three generations of the Roy family and the house of Mandalay. There is a lot of repetition, yet it does not affect the book's intent. So, though we know of Debendranath's love for Reba in the first ten pages or so and of Niharika and Daniel midway through the book, each repeated paragraph throughout the book unveils a new vignette, a new facet that further enhances our understanding of the relationships and keeps our interest alive. Almost like a Lego building block, to be built a little at a time, slowly and suspensefully.
Sunetra Gupta's use of words is brilliant. The words play with each other, falling and tumbling, in long, uneven sentences, describing people, events and thoughts with the same verve as a film scene capturing the delicate nuances between the protagonists using gestures and mood-lighting with a minimum of action. For example, "The earnestness of their exchange is tinged with the candour of lovemaking, the desperate need to lay bare the soul before divesting the body of its wrappings, the need to delight in common goals and to rake out the differences of opinion before entering into a concourse where nothing of that sort is likely to matter, the need to establish faith and hope before progressing to love." Each character also evolves over time, a paint stroke at a time, such that even near the end of the book, there is still some new aspect that we delightfully discover. So Reba at the beginning of the book is "a beautiful woman who decorated her rooms nicely, baked excellent cakes, played exceptionally well on the esraj, and could scorn a person's indelicacy of manner with the faintest tilt of her eyebrows." Towards the end, "A formidable hush seemed to descend upon the forests of pine and cedar as she walked in stately silence through them with her daughter, and when upon the seashore she burst into song, the waves would foam in awe at her feet. She was still as aloof to strangers, but now she seemed more distracted than dismissive..."
Gupta's sentence constructions are interesting. Long sentences, some going on for almost half a page, filled with adjectives, descriptions, double metaphors, meandering through different thought processes and coming to a halt only when she seems to have run out of breath. The narrative unfolds in the nature of a conversational story-telling, picking one thread and jumping back and forth into the past and future, sometimes taking off on tangents and then coming back to the present to start another thread which also unfolds similarly. The dialogues interestingly, are all without quotes, and just blend in as part of the general narrative.
This is a book that has to be savored, like the last few licks of a honey nut crunch ice-cream swirling through our mouths, making us want more and more. There are three earlier books of hers, just waiting to be read.
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This is a book that captures the reader immediately. There is mystery and intrigue of a kind, but it is the lyrical prose of Gupta that carries the story so effortlessly through three generations.
It is a story of love: love unrecognised, love denied, love freely given and love triumphant. The sin, if there is a sin, is certainly one of 'colour', making the tale satisfying and eerily accurate.
Gupta is a writer of some substance.
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