LIFE STYLE
Journo pens book on life in Chandigarh
- PT Bureau
Journo pens book on life in Chandigarh



‘The Big Small Town: How Life Looks from Chandigarh’ by Aarish Chhabra – a chronicler of life in City Beautiful
 
Chandigarh, Dec 12, 2017: A new book on Chandigarh describing life in the mid-sized urbane city was released today. ‘The Big Small Town: How Life Looks from Chandigarh’ by Aarish Chhabra claims to chronicle life as it is lived in the city that the author describes as "a fast growing ‘big’ small town.”

Chhabra, a journalist by profession, said in a conversation with author-critic Nirupama Dutt, said his book was primarily about people in the city, and not its famed architecture.  
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"Life in this city can seem so beautiful, at times, that it becomes perfectly drab. This book aims not to be like that. Because it does not take itself too seriously! You are free to do that, though — take yourself and this book seriously, that is!”
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Dutt called it arguably the first book of its kind, said a press release issued after the event. The book, a compilation of the author’s writings published in the Hindustan Times between 2013 and 2017, was released on Tuesday by the newspaper’s senior resident editor, Ramesh Vinayak, at the Chandigarh Press Club. 

"Life in this city can seem so beautiful, at times, that it becomes perfectly drab. This book aims not to be like that. Because it does not take itself too seriously! You are free to do that, though — take yourself and this book seriously, that is!” Chhabra said in his inimitable jovial style.

Dutt referred to a sense of alienation that Chandigarh often evokes, and said the book offers some deep insights, "offering to tell you beyond what is visible.”

Vinayak said Chhabra’s writing shows that "Chandigarh has come of age” but it does so "in a tone which is soft and subtle.”
 

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