Book your holiday: Kolkata

Visit one of India's most famous cities – and home to some of its best-known writers – by adding these books to your reading list.

Kolkata's Victoria Memorial
Image: Ryan MacEachern/Penguin

Kolkata – known as Calcutta until 2001 – is the capital of India's West Bengal state and one of the country's most populous cities. The city has plenty of history, from being home to India's oldest operating port to being the place where the East India Company was first granted a trading licence. And it's this history, and plenty more besides, which has influenced and inspired so many writers over the years. 

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