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ADHIR GHATAK
Journalist and Author

Adhir Ghatak, a noted story and travelogue writer, was born in 1938 in undivided India. After having Masters' Degree from the Calcutta University, he studied in the London University and completed Post Graduate Diploma in Education successfully. He did a course on Journalism from the London School of Journalism and started career as a teacher in London. Love for literature and aptitude for writing helped him to change the journey of his life from teaching to newspaper world. As a Freelance Journalist he started contributing features on contemporary events in various newspapers, magazines published from India and abroad. He spent early part of his life in the United Kingdom and was attached with the British Broadcasting Corporation, Overseas Service, for a decade. He is a Life Member of P.E.N. and Sarat Samity, now lives in Calcutta.

EARLY LIFE

Mr. Ghatak came to Calcutta in 1955, studied at the Surendra Nath College, affiliated to the University of Calcutta. Thereafter, he obtained Master's Degree in Bengali from the University of Calcutta in 1964. He emigrated to England in 1965 for higher studies. He married Keya Bhaduri on 24 January 1969. Their son, Aranya, stays in New York City, was born in London in 1970 and Ananya, daughter, stays in Melbourne, was born in Calcutta in 1981.

LITERARY CAREER

Literary activities started in school life at Siliguri, West Bengal, India . First poem published in school magazine in 1952. While staying in the Ripon Hostel in Calcutta, He published literary magazine Natun Pata with the help of professors of Surendra Nath College. Mr. Ghatak was the founder editor of 'Paglajhora', a bi-monthly literary magazine published from Kurseong in 1961 which worked as a platform for a new generation writers. Later on he started writing for Jugantar, Amrita Bazar Patrika, Amrita and continued contributing till 1991. He worked as an Assistant Editor, Journal of the Indian Medical Association (JIMA) published from Calcutta for two years. He worked as an Executive Editor of Parjaton Bichitra, a monthly travel magazine, published from Calcutta for one year. As an Assistant Editor, he worked in Uttarbanga Sambad, a daily newspaper published from Siliguri, West Bengal. As a Freelancer, he contributed various articles in 'সংবাদ প্রতিদিন' ('Sambad Pratidin'), 'বর্তমান' ('Bartaman'), 'আজকাল' ('Aajkaaal'), 'আনন্দবাজার পত্রিকা' ('Ananda Bazar Patrika') published from Calcutta. As a Special Correspondent, Calcutta he was attached with a monthly youth journal, 'Guide', published from Madras.

List of Major Works

Island Hopping

Bittersweet

Hidden Past

Twenty Eight Years

Before and After

Journey Never Ends

Parabasi

Jajabar

Aagaman

Camping Holiday

Dhushar Shritir Deshe

London Calling

Ma Anandamayee

Saat Samudra

Last Continent

TOP REVIEWS FROM THE UNITED STATES

The Last Continent (September 18 2018)
***** Diary of an Explorer Reviewed in the United States on June 08 2019

The Last Continent by Adhir Ghatak is the description of a fascinating story rather resembling a novel of a young man who strove to move through five continents in search of a secure life. The author with an optimistic look explored all over the places and made himself a world citizen. Style of writing is very lucid, simple, and seems to be in conversational mood with the readers. All observations and remarks in the book are concise and convincing. : Dr. Manotosh Dasgupta

***** Beautiful and Accurate Book
Reviewed in the United States on October 03 2021

The Last Continent by Adhir Ghatak eloquently describes the journey of a refugee from country to country. Mr. Ghatak lucidly describes and documents the traumatic partition of India in 1947 and its effects on Hindu refugees from the East Pakistan, now named Bangladesh. He succinctly narrates his ethos when moving from one part of the world to another, and his personal account has relevance today. I learned many things about this tumultuous time, and I recognized my own story in this book. I witnessed Hindu-Muslim riots in Calcutta, and those tensions resulted in mutual disbelief and distrust which continues to trouble our world. Bigotry based on religion, skin color, discrimination, social, and economic status must be eliminated.
I also love the title of the book because I, too, have journeyed from place to place and have lived, like Mr. Ghatak, on three continents.
: Amar K. Lahiri
 

***** Stories That Every Immigrant Can Relate To
Reviewed in the United States on October 23 2021

I would encourage every immigrant living in any part of the world to read THE  LAST CONTINENT by Adhir Ghatak especially whose past generations have had to relocate betwen India, Pakistan and Bangladesh as a result of the country's division coming out of Independence in 1947. I have heard this stories from my dad but the author, Adhir Ghatak, describes them so eloquently that one can relate to some of them with what is happening even today globally. It is hard to believe that two communities who lived as good neighbors irrespective of their religion changed their internal views overnight with the seeds of partition. Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.
: Aniruddha Sanyal 
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BITTERSWEET (January 16 2016)

***** Autobiobraphy of an Obscure Author

I have great pleasure in recommending to the readers the book,BITTERSWEET, by Adhir Ghatak. It is lucidly written account of the author's life experiences, specially of his struggle as a new author seeking publication of his writings. It may be of absorbing interest to many a general reader to get acquinted with his individual experience and his social observations.
: Sabyasachi Bhattacharya
  Formerly Vice Chancellor, Viswa Bharati University, Santiniketan, 
  July 25 2016


***** Untold Experience of an Author
Reviewed in the United States on April 03 2016

Bittersweet by Adhir Ghatak is an obscure author's autobiography. The book tells us all about the hurdles faced by the writer before he reached his goal of becoming an author. Mr. Ghatak has recorded a part of his life starting from when he discovered the pleasure of writing till the time when several of his books reached readers overseas.
'Bittersweet' shows the triumph of human spirit everywhere. Mr. Ghatak has shared his bad experiences of jealous, corrupt, and politicking colleagues in Public Sector Undertaking in India and unacceptable treatment by two powerful editors (at Calcutta and London) and two well known writers. It is a great credit to Mr. Ghatak that he has not forgotten any of them. 
This book is written in a pleasant and free flowing language.
: Pranab Kumar Bandyopadhyay

***** Memoir of an Obscure Author 
Reviewed in the United States on  July 17 2016

The book, Bittersweet, is, perhaps, more the memoir of a person aspiring to be a writer than his autobiography. The author's door to door attempt to Publishing Houses, Newspaper Offices and treatment there from seeing his own works in the racks of footpath book sellers collected from wastepaper baskets, seemed to be true picture of reality.
'Bittersweet' is good to read but the author's earlier works seemed better.
: Manik Chakraborty, Salt Lake, Calcutta
 

***** Yet another good read from the author
Reviewed in the United States on September 06 2016

'Bittersweet' is a memoir of journey through hurdles and constant politicking against an upcoming author.....an inspirational story.
: Bodhisatya Bhaduri
 


HIDDEN PAST (May 12 2014)

***** Vivid picture found in the Story
Reviewed in the United States on September 25 2014 

A nice and lucid depiction of the tale of a lady whose ambitions and wishes shattered at every stage of her life. One can not desist from seeing the end of the novel once he starts reading the book, 'Hidden Past'. I enjoyed reading 'Hidden Past' written by Adhir Ghatak.
:Manik Chakraborty, Salt Lake


***** Journey to Greatness
Reviewed in the United States on August 26 2014

I read with great interest the novel, Hidden Past, written by Adhir Ghatak. I had the opportunity to read his earlier novel, Journey Never Ends. The present book, although titled as a novel, contains enormous information on culture, social and agony of the Indian women and spiritual activities of Ashram founded by Maa Anandamoyee. All those information crafted nicely on the life of Mohana Mukherji, the main character in the novel. While reading I felt why the author abruptly ended the episode between Mohana and Atmadip.
: Dr. Arun Kumar Roy
 

**** Four Stars
Reviewed in the United States on October 17 2014

Yet another wonderful tale of the spiritual journey on an individual. 
A very good read.......!!!
: Bodhisatya Bhaduri
 


TWENTY EIGHT YEARS (November 22 2011)

Reviewed in the United States on October 20 2014        

This fiction, Twenty Eight Years, is also a beautiful and lucid presentation as author Adhir Ghatak's other works. It is a heart rendering story about woeful procrastation of judiciary and careless attitude of the investigation agency which took away long twenty eight years of the life of an innocent person, falsely implicated in a case of swindling of government money.
Ashok Moitra, protagonist of the story, came to India as a motherless boy from the East Pakistan just after the partition of India. He left behind his old father, a younger brother, and a sister in a gradually growing vicious situation there. He was determined to shift them in independent India soon after a favourable position coming to him. He secured a job in the Indian Railways. though in a secluded and politically disturbed place in North Bengal, but ultimately he became a victim of conspiracy. His honest, reputation and devotion to work all along, became futile and he was put in shameful position for no fault of him.
A reader of the book also gets heavily agonized at the ordeal of Ashok Moitra but is relieved at length finding him exonerated of all charges framed against him.
: Dr. Arun Kumar Roy
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Twenty Eight Years Travail
Reviewed in the United States on September 25 2014

The well known journalist, Adhir Ghatak, is to be congratulated for the highly readable novel, TWENTY EIGHT YEARS, which he has published recently. This book is of the same quality as his other works in English and Bengali which I have read. This novel is of greater interest because it recounts the author's personal experiences in India and abroad and his observations of different societies and cultures. Readers will look forward to more writings from his pen.
: Sabyasachi Bhattacharya
  Formerly Vice Chancellor, Viswa Bharati, Santiniketan
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JOURNEY NEVER ENDS (February 21 2008)

***** A Really Good Read
Reviwed in the United States on June 24 2014

This is a very good book. I must say, Adhir Ghatak is a wonderful story teller. The way he has brought out some of the emotions of a person struggling to achieve his simple wishes, is noteworthy. It has also put some of the lesser known after effects of a catastrophic event into perspective.
: Bodhisatya Bhaduri
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***** Very Interesting Story Indeed
Reviewed in the United States on January 06 2017

Journey Never Ends by Adhir Ghatak is totally absorbing. There have been suspense throughout. The characters seem to be real and one becomes part of it while reading the book. Language is so smooth and delightful. I wish to read the next part of the story.
: Ashok Datta, Calcutta, January 06 2017
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***** Story Touches Our Heart
Reviewed in the United States on August 05 2014

Journey Never Ends by Adhir Ghatak has a metaphysical undertone. Does journey ever ends. Not really. This novel has continuity as unending flow of life. It has universal appeal, touches our heart as characters are realistic and credible. Mr. Ghatak deserves unhesitating appreciation.
: Asim Sen, Calcutta, October 30 2017