It was pure chance that i had come across this book at an exhibition at work. The back cover was interesting, a Bengali novel written more than a half century ago, translated into English in 2007. I picked it up and it turned out to be a good decision in the end. Chowringhee is a first person account of an unemployed clerk turned Hotel receptionist. His position provides him with an opportunity to see different shades of human nature from a vantage point. He proceeds to narrate them each in a subplot within the main story.The best thing i liked in this translation was some excellent quotable quotes.Kudos to Sankar and Arunav Sinha!