I am a writer and photographer who has lived between Calcutta and New York. I'm working on a collection of short stories about Indians in New York and a visual project on the residents of the Park Circus Basti in Calcutta.
My written work has been published in Threepenny Review, N+1, Huffington Post and Apt Journal.
My photographs in Documentum, NYT Lens Blog and various others.
You can see more of me at www.bukusarkar.com or on IG: bukusarkar
After seventeen years away, I've done something most Indians of my generation don't do--return back home. When people ask me where I'm from, I always stumble. I say, I was born in Calcutta but I grew up in New York. When you are young, your awareness of the larger city is limited. I have to admit, I know New York much more intimately than I feel I know Calcutta.
Calcutta is like an aging beauty--deccayed and crumbling. But she has a soul. In a way that many other cities don't.
I can't say my work is documenting the city. I write fiction and by nature am not always interested in what is out there or representing what I see. There is always a narrative running in my mind which doesn't necessarily correspond to to what is real and I use the camera to express it. In that sense, I feel I'm always writing fiction with the camera--