BIO

Rajat Chaudhuri রজত চৌধুরী is the author of three works of fiction in English -- The Butterfly Effect, Hotel Calcutta, and Amber Dusk. Chaudhuri (sometimes spelt Rajat Chaudhury) has also written Calculus, a book of stories in Bengali. He is the Editor of The Best Asian Speculative Fiction, a book he also introduced. His next published work  Calcutta Nights was a translated memoir  (Raater Kolkata) about Calcutta written a hundred years ago by acclaimed Bengali author Hemendrakumar Roy. He recently translated and introduced ten poets from India and Bangladesh in the anthology The Great Bengali Poetry Underground published in 2021. Chaudhuri has also co-edited an Asia-Pacific anthology of short stories (co-editor and co-introduced, April 2021) titled Multispecies Cities -- Solarpunk Urban Futures published in the US and available worldwide. His short fiction is featured (YouTube trailer) in the cli-fi video game Survive the Century (April 2021) about climate change futures developed and published by Electric Book Works and supported by Climate Interactive, USA and SESYNC, University of Maryland with National Science Foundation (USA) support.  

Chaudhuri is a Hawthornden Fellow (2015), Charles Wallace Creative Writing Fellow (administered by British Council, 2014) at the University of Chichester United Kingdom. He was writer-in-residence (2013) at the Toji Cultural Foundation (South Korea) on a fellowship from the Arts Council Korea (ARKO) and InKo Centre. He was a 2010 Resident Writer at the Sangam House International Writer's Residency Programme. Chaudhuri was also invited to the Villa Sarkia Residency (2020) of Nuoren Voiman Liitto, Finland.

Chaudhuri's short story - The Longest Night, won the first prize at the Wordweavers Contest, 2011. Earlier his short story - Watersmoke, about the effects of genetically modified marijuana on the intellect, won a prize in the Scian Short Story Competition 2006. 

He has participated in readings organised by Sahitya Akademi (India's National Academy of Letters) on the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore. 

Chaudhuri had been elected climate advocate and civil society representative for developing country NGOs (Southern coordinator of UN CSD NGO Caucus on Energy and Climate Change) at the United Nations (New York) and has been the founder of a civil society group. He had conceived and edited the Southern Initiatives Journal of Sustainable Development.

Chaudhuri is a climate change and sustainability activist and he engages with literature, environment, climate change, sustainability and climate change literature through his column (Eleventh Hour) in New Indian Express and also in Scroll, The Telegraph and elsewhere. (Eleventh Hour might go on hiatus for a short period starting September 2021 but will be back soon in a new avatar and venue in a couple of months)

Chaudhuri is a past contributor to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP, New York), Human Development Report and has published on Climate Change, Water, Environment, sustainability and allied issues (See Bibliography below and Writing section of this website).


He has given book readings, spoken about writing, ecofiction, climate change fiction, storytelling and craft, and has received travel and speaking grants or invitations from various national and international organisations/venues like Sahitya Akademi (National Academy of Letters)National Library of India, University of Oxford, UK (Forthcoming, Nov 2021), Open University, UK (Forthcoming, 2021), Osmania University (India), Dongguk university (South Korea), Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Hong Kong), Chichester University (UK), Indiana University (USA), George Washington University (USA), Museum of Science Fiction (USA), bookshops and elsewhere. He has judged the short story segment of Asian English Olympics organised by the English Club, BINUS University, Indonesia for three years (2017-2019).


His books are in the collection of several libraries around the world including National Library (India), Zentralbibliothek Zurich, University of London, SOAS, University of Iowa, Cornell University Library, Columbia University in the City of New York, New York Public Library, Parliament Library, New Delhi, Glowinski Library, Poland, Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Göttingen, University of California, Berkley, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Big Sky Library (Thailand), Singapore National Library, National Library of Australia, Internet Speculative Fiction Database among others.


Chaudhuri studied Economics at university. He has written fiction, book reviews, op-eds, travel and activist pieces in major Indian dailies and other publications like  The TelegraphTimes of India, New Indian ExpressThe StatesmanOutlookIBNLiveScroll, The Asian Review of BooksAmerican Book Review (Univ of Houston-Victoria)Thresholds (Univ of Chichester)Indo-Asian News Service,MSNNewsTales of AsiaAnandabazar Patrika (Bengali), Daak Bangla (Bengali) and Indian Literature journal (Sahitya Akademi).

His short stories have appeared in international venues like Eclectica (US)Asia Writes, L'Allure des Mots, The Legendary (US)Underground Voices Magazine (US), Notes from the Underground (UK)Weirdyear (US) and Indian web venues and literary magazines like Scian (Scientific Indian)Bhashabandhan (Bengali) and Arambha (Bengali). An excerpt from a novel has been published by Eclectica (US) and another by Caesurae.

As an activist and researcher for Consumer Unity & Trust Society he has published, presented, advocated and organised meetings and workshops to create awareness about the ozone hole and has been involved in a responsible role in a Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) supported project to control ozone depletion by creating general awareness and popularising ozone and climate friendly refrigeration.


Chaudhuri has made presentations on environment sustainability, climate change, responsible advertising and rights at United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, New York), Northern Alliance for Sustainability (Netherlands), Rio+8 Group (Copenhagen, Denmark), National Library of India and elsewhere. For sometime he had worked on a research project on North-South consumption patterns at Svenska Naturskyddsforeningen (Swedish Society for Nature Conservation), Stockholm, Sweden.


Earlier, he has worked for an international consumer rights group (CUTS), a Japanese Consular Mission and a sustainable agriculture project of the Indian Planning Commission. Currently he runs a popular online creative writing course for the students of an Indonesian university (2017-2018). He lives and writes in Calcutta, India.


Bibliography

  • Amber Dusk (2007) ISBN 978-8184430080

  • Hotel Calcutta (2013) ISBN 9789381523735

  • Calculus (2014) ISBN 9789384002039

  • Green Advertisements – Are they Telling the Truth (co-author) ISBN 8187222425

  • The Butterfly Effect (2018) ISBN 9789386906526

  • The Best Asian Speculative Fiction (Edited and Introduced, 2018) ISBN 9789811185281

  • The Great Bengali Poetry Underground (2021) ISBN 9789811494963

  • Multispecies Cities -- Solarpunk Urban Futures (Co-edited, 2021) ISBN 9781734054521


Here is the Rajat Chaudhuri page at the Internet Speculative Fiction (ISFDB) database.


Here is Rajat Chaudhuri's page at ResearchGate (not updated)


Here is Rajat Chaudhuri's page at Google Scholar (not updated)


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