A street in the ‘Native Quarter’ of Calcutta in the 1920s. A newly translated 1923 memoir, Calcutta Nights depicts a man’s nocturnal adventures in the Indian city in the early 1900s. Photo: Getty Images A street in the ‘Native Quarter’ of Calcutta in the 1920s. A newly translated 1923 memoir, Calcutta Nights depicts a man’s nocturnal adventures in the Indian city in the early 1900s. Photo: Getty Images
A street in the ‘Native Quarter’ of Calcutta in the 1920s. A newly translated 1923 memoir, Calcutta Nights depicts a man’s nocturnal adventures in the Indian city in the early 1900s. Photo: Getty Images

Sex and the city: a 1920s tour through the seedy nightlife of Calcutta in this tale of beauty and decadence

  • First published in 1923, Hemendra Kumar Roy’s Bengali memoir describes a man’s shady, nocturnal adventures in Calcutta between 1901 and 1920
  • Now translated by Rajat Chaudhuri as Calcutta Nights, it’s a conscious attempt to explain what goes on in the city’s seedier parts

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A street in the ‘Native Quarter’ of Calcutta in the 1920s. A newly translated 1923 memoir, Calcutta Nights depicts a man’s nocturnal adventures in the Indian city in the early 1900s. Photo: Getty Images A street in the ‘Native Quarter’ of Calcutta in the 1920s. A newly translated 1923 memoir, Calcutta Nights depicts a man’s nocturnal adventures in the Indian city in the early 1900s. Photo: Getty Images
A street in the ‘Native Quarter’ of Calcutta in the 1920s. A newly translated 1923 memoir, Calcutta Nights depicts a man’s nocturnal adventures in the Indian city in the early 1900s. Photo: Getty Images
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