Overview for Brunching with Ophelia
Brunching with Ophelia presents a slice of life entrenched in cultural schizophrenia in our capital city, New Delhi. As Ivy Roy, a lecturer of English literature, virtually resurrects Ophelia, the almost aphasic woman behind theuniversal man screaming "Words, Words, Words", her now husband and erstwhile chat-friend Shumonto Roy retreats into the deep well of wordlessness, mourning the loss of his ex-girlfriend Irene Scott. Is Shumonto turning into a later-day Prince hamlet of the virtual world? Will today's Ophelia speak up, turn into a voracious wordsmith to counter his oppressive silence? Suddenly the characters who has met in a nebulous world of the INternet are confronted by the perils of the real. Which is the fantasy world? or do they inhabit a placeless space somewhwere in between? Do they live multiple lives births to newer selves every time they give themselves a new screen name? In her debut novel, the Author lets loose a refraction of university life, heavily colored by pigments of imaginations. And the refracting prism of this overground campus life is the netherworld of anonymous chat-windows and webcam-facuilitated screen-dalliances.
Angshukanta Chakraborty (Author)
Angshukanta Chakraborty was born in 1981 in Kolkata but moved to Delhi at a very earl7y age. She studied English Literature/s at Hindu College, university of Delhi, a place which offered her quite a few people to revere in her otherwise irreverently godless life. Currently doing her PhD in South-Asian diasporic cinema at the University of east London, Angshukanta also writes poetry.