Rohit Chakraborty at Cloakroom

Rohit Chakraborty was born on November 1, 1995 to Tanima Chakraborty (née Paul) and Ranadhir Chakraborty in Guwahati, Assam. In 1998, he was enrolled into Happy Child High School, Rehabari. In 2004, he moved to Calcutta with his family and earned a place at Garden High School from which he graduated in 2014.

Growing up, The Magic Tree House series, by American writer, Mary Pope Osborne exercised a strong literary influence upon him. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, by C. S. Lewis, Rumpelstiltskin, by the Grimm Brothers, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by J. K. Rowling, Indian folklore, One Thousand and One Nights, The Puffin Book of Magical Indian Myths, retold by Anita Nair, The Witches, by Roald Dahl, and The Secret History of the World, by Jonathan Black were other favourites as a child.

In 2008, Chakraborty conceived the idea for the Andrunain books. The following months and years were spent writing, and discarding. In the summer of 2010, he wrote a hand-made book titled The Andrunains of Panchaprakritpur illustrated by him and bound with sewing thread by his father. In the winter of that year, he began writing the first draft of The Mug of Melancholy, after rejecting several versions of the prologue.

Having completed almost five chapters of the still untitled novel in the summer of 2011, Chakraborty was advised by his English teacher, Mrs Dipanwita Basu, to submit enquiries to literary agencies.

Instead of ‘Rohit’, early manuscript submissions were made in the name of ‘Riju Chakraborty’ for ‘Riju’ was how Chakraborty was known to family, neighbours, and a close friend.

A year later, after having completed The Mug of Melancholy and facing rejections on the preliminary enquiries, the manuscript was accepted for representation by Red Ink Literary Agency in June 2012. Rejected by a handful of children’s publishers, The Mug of Melancholy was finally published by Tara Press on February 13, 2015.

His short stories have appeared in Kindle Magazine, Squawk Back, Pif Magazine, and Sahitya Akademi’s Indian Literature. He has also written for Campus DiariesOpen Road Review, Vulkan Magazine, and The Millions.

In 2016, Chakraborty was the recipient of the inaugural Campus Dairies 25 Under 25 Prize in the Writing category.

Rohit Chakraborty lives in Calcutta with his family. He reads English at Jadavpur University since 2014.