Indian writer, born in Bombay. He grew up in Calcutta, where most of his fiction is set. Chaudhuri is a miniaturist, and narrates the details of Indian middle‐class life in prose of crystalline calm, with the contemplative humanity that is Chaudhuri's trademark. A Strange and Sublime Address (1991) describes the gradual awakening to life of a young writer‐to‐be in a vibrant Calcutta household. Afternoon Raag (1993) found its narrator studying at Oxford and remembering his earlier life in Bombay. Freedom Song (1998) returned to Calcutta to follow the interconnected lives of three Bengali families. A New World (2000) is a moving account of a writer living in the USA who returns with his son to Calcutta to visit his parents. Recent works include Real Time (2002), a collection of stories; D. H. Lawrence: Postcoloniality and the Poetry of the Present (2003); and St Cyril Road and Other Poems (2005). See also Anglo‐Indian Literature.