Bitan Chakraborty is best known as the founder of Hawakal Publishers. He is also an acclaimed story writer, translator, and editor of the Bengali print journal, Atibhuj.

As publisher Chakraborty drives one of the foremost independent presses in India, working simultaneously on Bengali and English literature. Be it Bengali fiction and poetry, or English poetry, fiction, nonfiction and literary criticism, Chakraborty has emerged as niche publisher, helping both emerging as well as established writers and poets across the globe.

Hawakal began their journey back in 2009; having passed a decade’s struggle in the publishing industry, Chakraborty has finally been bestowed the title as one of “the flag-bearers of verse” in Indian subcontinent. Check out his interview as published on Scroll.

Hawakal publishes a wide range of books: from fiction, short fiction to poetry and prose—spanning across nonfiction, in both English and Bengali

Bitan Chakraborty, the author

As a proficient raconteur, Chakraborty has made a lasting impact with his collection of Bengali short fiction, Santiram-er Cha, which was later translated into English under the title, Bougainvillea and Other Short Stories. Having authored six collections of prose and poetry (as translator), Bitan Chakraborty emerges as an extremely talented littérateur of the present day.

Showcased below is a collection of books authored by Bitan Chakraborty.

Invited to Apeejay Bangla Sahitya Utsob, organized by Oxford Bookstore, during self-isolation following the COVID-19 pandemic. Listen to Chakraborty as he reads from Chinha (The Mark), one of his acclaimed collection of Bengali short stories.

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Bitan looks after the print edition of ETHOS Literary Journal (ELJ).

ELJ aims to reflect the truest ethos of the current times—the quintessential yet varied, fast-diversifying yet emblematic, “spirit,” so to speak, of the exciting, post-modernist times we are living in. The journal intends to depict the collective consciousness and the collective intellect of the era by recognizing, publishing, and representing a wide array of diversified voices from around the globe.

Ethos Literary Journal is headed by Kiriti Sengupta who is the chief editor.

Bitan Speaks

Chakraborty has a voice. You may wish to hear, as he speaks.