A Flutter in The Colony | Book Discussion

A Flutter in The Colony | Book Discussion

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National Library, The Pod

100 Victoria Street

Level 16

Singapore, 188064


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Join Sandeep Ray for this interactive discussion on his new book, A Flutter in the Colony.

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About the Book

In 1956, the Senguptas travel from Calcutta to rural Malaya to start afresh. In their new hamlet of anonymity – a small settlement on the edge of a British rubber plantation – the couple gradually forget their troubled pasts and form new ties. But this second home is not entirely free and gentle. A complex, racially charged society, it is on the brink of independence even as communist insurgents hover on the periphery. How much can a newcomer meddle before it starts to destroy him?

Shuttling in time and temper between the politics of a small Malayan town and the anguished years of pre-Partition Bengal, between the Malayan Emergency and Direct Action Day, between indifference and lust, A Flutter in the Colony is a tender, resonant chronicle of a family struggling to remain together in the twilight of Empire in Asia.


About the Author

Sandeep Ray is Senior Lecturer in the HASS Department at the Singapore University of Technology and Design. He is an author, documentary filmmaker and historian of Southeast Asia.


About the Discussant

Gareth Ismail Richards is a former Senior Research Fellow at the University of Malaya, Gareth is the founder of Gerakbudaya Bookshop in Penang, the only independent bookshop in the Unesco world heritage site of George Town, and Hikayat, a unique arts space. He is also the founder-director of Impress Creative & Editorial, which is involved in diverse areas of the arts, with a focus on all aspects of editorial work for books.

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