The Householder: media coverage


Millenium Post, 18 August 2012. Reviewer: Daipayan Halder.
In lucid prose, [Bagchi] humanises the corrupt and brings out the householder in him. A must read … more

Outlook, 30 July 2012. Reviewer: Sunil Sethi.
What lifts this narrative of corrosive power politics and graft to greater heights is Bagchi’s insight into Nareshji’s mind and milieu … more

Daily News and Analysis, 24 June 2012. Reviewer: Freny Manecksha.
Bagchi attempts to view his characters with warm tenderness … more

Open Magazine, 16 June 2012. Reviewer: Arshia Sattar.
Bagchi paints [a] picture [of unremarkable corruption] without resorting to satire or patronising mockery or through lurid descriptions of sordid crimes and garden-variety misdemeanours. There is no other world but this … more

Man’s World, June 2012. Reviewer: Jerry Pinto.
This is a novel about masculinity in its most heroic – and it’s most ordinary – form. And that is quite an achievement … more, 4 June 2012. Reviewer: Arcopol Chaudhuri.
Bagchi’s writing style [is] non-judgmental, compassionate and lends a beautiful simplicity to the narrative. You read it in English, but absorb it in Delhi-speak … more

First City, June 2012.
… The author’s true achievement with this book … [is] … gleaning a world view from detail, the macro from the micro, in a way that is almost seamless … more

The Tribune, 3 June 2012. Reviewer: Balwinder Kaur.
… [The author] makes the reader feel that these are people that they have met and known … more

Hindustan Times, 2 June 2012. Reviewer: Rachna Joshi.
The Householder … creates as true a picture of life of babudom as one can get … more

The Hindu, 26 May 2012. Reviewer: Swati Daftuar.
The Householder … explores the different shades of grey that can sometimes accompany moral questions … more

Mint, 26 May 2012. Reviewer: Arunava Sinha.
In continuation of his refusal to tread the path of satire, Bagchi draws his characters with gentle, compassionate strokes … more

India Today, 21 May 2012. Reviewer: Bunny Suraiya.
A welcome successor to Upamanyu Chatterjee’s English, August, Amitabha Bagchi’s The Householder is more than a thoroughly enjoyable novel … more

Time Out Delhi, 11–24 May 2012. Reviewer: Sonal Shah.
Bagchi always privileges the story, however, letting moral questions percolate in the background … more

The Week, 6 May 2012. Reviewer: Mandira Nayyar.
Like Srilal Shukla, the Hindi writer he admires, Bagchi gives you a flavour of the middle-class … more


A leap of empathy, an article based on an interview by Sravasti Datta for The Hindu, 29 June 2012.

Writer’s block, an interview in Asian Age and Deccan Chronicle, 24 June 2012.

In the courtyard of conscience, an article based on an interview by Anuj Kumar for The Hindu, 20 June 2012.

The prodigal father, an interview by Arun Kale for Helter Skelter magazine, 19 June 2012.

On the right side of wrong, an article based on an interview by Piali Dasgupta for Bangalore Mirror, 7 June 2012.

Interview by Anil Mascarenhas for India Infoline, 5 June 2012.

Home truth, an article based on an interview in First City, June 2012.

The middle-aged Indian goes on a ‘moral’ quest, an interview by Aviva Dharmaraj in Mid Day, 24 May 2012.

Struggle of an all-powerful middle-rung man, an interview by Ektaa Malik in The Pioneer, 21 May 2012.

Supercall, an interview by Anita Nair in the lit blog Heavenly Bliss Salon for Men, 17 May 2012 (scroll down to see interview).

A ‘Kahaani’ of Indian bureaucracy, corruption and redemption, an article based on an interview by Madhushree Chatterjee for IANS, 15 May 2012.

Writing between diaper changes, an interview for “Author’s Corner” in Businessworld, 14 May 2012.

Bagchi: writer of exceptional talent, interview by Resmi Jaimon in, 20 April 2012

Other notices 

A mini-Calcutta Lit Meet Session at Tolly Club with a Bengali Bestseller from Delhi, by Madhurima Chatterjee in The Telegraph, 26 July 2012.
An interview and report on the Kolkata launch of The Householder on 18 July 2012.

Honesty at home, by Trisha Gupta in Business Standard, 23 June 2012.
An essay that investigates the relationship between morality and patrimony in two recent movies and The Householder.

A story of an ordinary man who walks past you, by Prajvala Hegde in The New Indian Express, 19 June 2012.
A report of the book launch and conversation with Anita Nair at the Reliance Time Out bookstore held on 13 June 2012.

In his eyes, by Marianne de Nazareth in The Hindu, Metro Plus, Bangalore edition, 15 June 2012.
A report of the interaction at Easy Library held on 10 June 2012.

Amitabha Bagchi’s storytelling approaches, by Dr Gita Mohan on her blog, 10 June 2012.
A comprehensive report of the interaction at Easy Library held on 10 June 2012.

From IITians to babus, Bagchi finds a new voice, by Prashansa Taneja in The Sunday Guardian, 3 June 2012.
A report of the reading held in Landmark Bookstore, Gurgaon on 31 May 2012.

Booking his place, by Neha S. Bajpayi in The Week, dated 22 October 2011.
Writer Amitav Ghosh speaks about reading a manuscript by Bagchi that left him spellbound when it ended.

Mentions from around the web

From the blog Love is always new …, 17 October 2012:
[Bagchi] presents the dilemma of a common man – of morals, of the metaphoric good and evil and the choices we make … more

From the blog Bhelpuri Unlimited, 11 October 2012:
You realize that corruption has neither a beginning nor an end … It just lingers there in the middle … and the realization stays in your heart like the householder’s many worries … more

From Dipali Taneja’s blog, 22 July 2012:
I found myself compelled to finish it as soon as I could, to the detriment of various pending household jobs … more

From Vivek Tejuja’s blog, 24 June 2012:
The characters are real and identifiable – wanting everything under the sun and knowing that maybe the means are not correct and yet, sometimes despairingly so left with no choices … more

From Harmanjit Singh’s blog, 18 June 2012:
A lot of our decisions and actions spring from somewhere below our conscious reasoning.  Most of our sub-conscious is a somewhat consistent mess of social imprinting, our upbringing and a knowledge of one’s place in the social ladder.  The exploration of these social and cultural themes: of marriage and in-laws, of the salaried versus the business class, of male responsibility and female concern, of desire and withholding, of authority and subservience, of patronage and obligation, is perhaps the purest pleasure of this book … more