April 1, 2023


Connecting Asian writers with global readers

“We had no revolutionary idea of changing the world as we founded Hawakal back in 2009.” – Bitan Chakraborty (Publisher- Hawakal and Writer)

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Team Kitaab is in conversation with Bitan Chakraborty, the Founder of Hawakal Publishers, also known as ‘the flag bearers of verse in the Indian subcontinent‘.

In 2009, Hawakal made their foray into publishing. Founded by Bitan Chakraborty in Calcutta, Hawakal works with writers and poets across the globe. Since then it has established itself as one of the foremost independent presses in India today, to publish in both English and Bengali.

With award winning authors and titles to their credit, Hawakal is a name in itself.

Bitan Chakraborty (b 1984) spent eight long years learning and actively participating in Theater. Apart from being the founder of Hawakal Publishers, he is essentially a story-teller and has authored eight books: Avinetar Journal (prose), Santiram-er Cha (shorty story), Sharanarthi (Bengali rendering of Kiriti Sengupta’s Reflections on Salvation), Chinha (shorty story), Haat Kata (novelette), Dhasa (novelette), Landmark (short story), Brishti Sahay (Bengali translation of Sanjeev Sethi’s selected poems).

Bitan has received much critical acclaim both in India and the United States. Bougainvillea and Other Stories and The Mark are two full-length collections of his short fiction, translated into English. More at www.bitanchakraborty.com

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