Sudipto Chattopadhyay did his Master’s in English Literature from Presidency College, Kolkata with a first-class degree and a post-graduate Diploma in Cinema from F.T.I.I, Pune, specializing in screenplay writing and film direction.
He has been writing and directing television fiction and non-fiction shows as well as feature films in Hindi and Bengali for the last 21 years. As a notorious talk show host, he has interviewed over 100 people and even did the election analysis for the Assembly polls of West Bengal. He has written several acclaimed feature films. His first Hindi feature film as director (Pankh, 2010) received critical acclaim internationally and was screened and awarded at various film festivals, including New York and London. His second feature film, in Hindi, (Shobhna’s Seven Nights, 2017) was selected for 11 film festivals worldwide and awarded in several of them. His third feature film (Highway, 2014) was in Bengali and was a commercial and critical success. He is currently working on his new Hindi feature film Patang.
He has also been the editor of a monthly magazine on entertainment and a cultural columnist with DNA. Besides his film and television work, he has written extensively on culture and has a few blogs on popular sites. He also writes poetry, lyrics, essays, plays and fiction.
A provocative meditation on race, Claudia Rankine's long-awaited follow up to her groundbreaking book Don't Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric.
Claudia Rankine's bold new book recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in twenty-first-century daily life and in the media. Some of these encounters are slights, seeming slips of the tongue, and some are intentional offensives in the classroom, at the supermarket, at home, on the tennis court with Serena Williams and the soccer field with Zinedine Zidane, online, on TV-everywhere, all the time. The accumulative stresses come to bear on a person's ability to speak, perform, and stay alive. Our addressability is tied to the state of our belonging, Rankine argues, as are our assumptions and expectations of citizenship. In essay, image, and poetry, Citizen is a powerful testament to the individual and collective effects of racism in our contemporary, often named "post-race" society.
An intimate, moving book written with the immediacy and directness of one who still struggles with the effects of mental and chronic illness, The Collected Schizophrenias cuts right to the core. Schizophrenia is not a single unifying diagnosis, and Esmé Weijun Wang writes not just to her fellow members of the “collected schizophrenias” but to those who wish to understand it as well. Opening with the journey toward her diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder, Wang discusses the medical community’s own disagreement about labels and procedures for diagnosing those with mental illness, and then follows an arc that examines the manifestations of schizophrenia in her life. In essays that range from using fashion to present as high-functioning to the depths of a rare form of psychosis, and from the failures of the higher education system and the dangers of institutionalization to the complexity of compounding factors such as PTSD and Lyme disease, Wang’s analytical eye, honed as a former lab researcher at Stanford, allows her to balance research with personal narrative. An essay collection of undeniable power, The Collected Schizophrenias dispels misconceptions and provides insight into a condition long misunderstood.