Squeezed in the Middle

By Saptarshi Bhattacharyya

The life in a city is far from easy for Amit and Jaya. The couple and their little boy Rohan bump into one trouble after another, while labouring through the modern Indian urban grind. From the distress while trying to buy an apartment, to the miseries that accompany the furniture purchased from the local mall, they seem to court calamity in almost everything they do. For instance, when Amit had a fender bender, or Jaya invited her college friend for dinner―who would have thought the things would turn out the way they did?  The book threads fifteen such beads of funny stories to form a garland that can easily show some shades of similarities with the experiences of many who happen to live in an Indian metropolis―however, resemblance to any actual characters or incidents is entirely coincidental.

Saptarshi Bhattacharyya
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Saptarshi Bhattacharyya works as a management consultant for a global consulting company and lives the life of a road warrior―shuttling between places and meetings. But beyond work, storytelling takes up a large part of his time. For many people, Saptarshi is just that guy, who tells those absorbing yet funny stories. From his college parties in the United States, to the roadside addas in Kolkata, or from water-cooler discussions in offices to bedtime stories for his two young kids, Saptarshi is everyone’s favourite storyteller. After completing undergraduate education in engineering from India, Saptarshi spent almost a decade in the United States, pursuing his higher studies in engineering and management. In US he also worked with Fortune 500 companies before coming back to India and settling in Mumbai, where he now lives with his wife and two young kids.