Born - 23 November 1897
Died - 1999
Achievements - Nirad C. Chaudhuri was an eminent Bengali Indian
writer and journalist. He was appointed the political speaker for the
Calcutta branch of the All India Radio and has also edited several
prestigious magazines. He will always be remembered for his phenomenal
biography 'The Autobiography of an Unknown Indian' published in the year
Nirad C. Chaudhuri was a famous Bengali Indian writer. He was born on
23 November in 1897 at Kishoreganj located in the Mymensingh district of
East Bengal of those days or today's Bangladesh. He studied at
Kishorganj and then in Kolkata city. As a student of history at the
Scottish Church College, Nirad C Chaudhuri topped the University of
Calcutta, which was a rare distinction at that time. Read on further
about the biography of Nirad C Chaudhuri.
C Chaudhuri began his career as clerk in the accounting department of
the Indian Army and also started writing stories for popular magazines.
His first article on Bengali poet, Bharat Chandra was published in
Modern Review, a popular English magazine of those times. After this, he
entered the field of journalism and began editing various magazines.
Nirad C Chaudhuri also temporarily introduced two highly esteemed
Bengali magazines, Samasamayik and Notun Patrika.
Finally in the year 1938, Nirad bagged a job as the secretary to the
great Indian political leader, Sarat Chandra Bose. Due to this, he got
ample opportunity to meet various renowned leaders of India like Mahatma
Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and others. In the year 1932, Nirad C Chaudhuri
married Amiya Dhar who was herself a very prolific writer. Later on,
Nirad C Chaudhuri was elected as a political speaker for the Calcutta
branch of the All India Radio.
Writing was Nirad C Chaudhuri's innate passion and he pursued this
until the very end. His last work was published at the age of 99. Nirad
will always be remembered for his phenomenal biography 'The
Autobiography of an Unknown Indian' published in the year 1951. It put
him directly on the short list of great Indian English writers of those
days. The book traces the height of the British Raj in India till its
eventual dissolution. He died at Oxford in England two months short of
his 102nd birthday in the year 1999.