Upmanyu Chatterjee

Upamanyu Chatterjee (born 1959) is an Indian civil servant who currently servesas Joint Secretary to Government of India on the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board. He is a 1983 batch Indian Administrative Service officer from Maharashtra Cadre.

He is a published author and best known for his novel English, August, also adapted into an acclaimed film of the same title.

A review in Punch described the book as “Beautifully written … English, August is a marvelously intelligent and entertaining novel, and especially for anyone curious about modern India”. The novel follows Agastya Sen – a young westernised Indian civil servant whose imagination is dominated by women, literature and soft drugs. This vivid account of “real India” by the young officer posted to the small provincial town of Madna is “a funny, wryly observed
account of Agastya Sen’s year in the sticks”, as described by a reviewer in The Observer.

His second novel, The Last Burden, appeared in 1993. This novel recreates life in an Indian family at the end of the twentieth century. The Mammaries of the Welfare State was published at the end of 2000 as a sequel to English, August. His fourth novel, Weight Loss, a dark comedy, was published in 2006. His fifth was Way To Go, a sequel to The Last Burden published in 2010. His most recentwork is Fairy Tales at Fifty, published in 2014, another kind of dark comedy that combines the fantasy of fairy tales and reality.