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Up Campus, Down Campus

Up Campus, Down Campus

Avijit Ghosh

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(Paperback | ISBN 9789386050526| 256 pages | August 2016)

Summary

It’s the late 1980s and Anirban Roy, fresh from the dustbowls of Inner India, arrives on an alternative planet called JNU. Here Marx rules the graffiti, the pamphlets and the suggested reading list. But Freud, at least his sex thing, rules most minds.

Anirban has a fixed goal: get through the ‘civil services’. Every day he hurries through his ablutions, eats a slippery fried egg with a half-burnt toast, quickly scans The Hindu (the preferred newspaper of long-term civil services aspirants), stuffs a notebook into his jhola and sets out to attend his classes. He certainly harbours no lofty Leftist ideals nor any grand political ambitions. But JNU has other plans for him—the student elections and heartbreak.

Up Campus, Down Campus is an exuberant celebration of JNU’s uniqueness. With refreshing honesty and humour, Avijit Ghosh maps the aspirations, raging hormones and moral conflicts of small-town boys like Anirban, who arrive in city campuses every year eager to build a life and, perhaps, also find love.

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Reviews

‘Aiming to offer a slice of lived reality as experienced by the author-narrator, Anirban’s is a story of a demanding academic life, an unwilling foray into the world of pamphlets and politics, his awkward experiences with girls and sex crazed roomies, and a not-so-secret desire to crack the civil service exams. It also maps the nostalgia for the life left behind and an uneasy relationship with the city and its apparently progressive culture’.
—The Pioneer

‘The novel with its easy readability, comic humour peppered with campus lingo is a tantalising read for the aficionados of campus fiction’.
—The Pioneer


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About the author

Avijit Ghosh

Avijit Ghosh works as a senior editor for The Times of India in New Delhi. Born in Agartala, he grew up in the small towns of Arrah and Ranchi. He graduated in history from St Xavier’s College, Ranchi and earned his Master’s and MPhil degrees from JNU, New Delhi. A journalist for more than twenty-five […]

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