Starmark, in association with Niyogi Books played the role of the perfect host to the launch of Samita Chaudhuri and Utpal Chaudhuri’s book And the Teesta Flows… at its South City Mall outlet.
Present at the launch along with the authors was Debes Roy, the eminent author, editor and critic, as the chief guest, and the renowned singer Indrani Sen and the eminent painter Hiran Mitra as the guests of honour. Also present at this occasion was the well-known writer Kunal Basu.
“And the Teesta Flows…” is the biography of a mountain river – the Teesta. The book traces the river’s course right from 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 Chaudhuri have constantly travelled to the Himalayas seeking a reflection of their daughter in the perennial flow of the river Teesta.
The book is a heartfelt and extensively researched account of the communities and individuals around Teesta. Written in the style of a diary without chronology, the book sketches the diversity of the people living by the Teesta, their lifestyles, their livelihoods and their emotions.
Published by Niyogi Books, And the Teesta Flows… has been priced at Rs. 1495/- (hardcover).