Upamanyu Chatterjee

20Upamanyu Chatterjee Quotes

Indian Public Servant

Upamanyu Chatterjee is an Indian civil servant who currently serves as 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... (source)

Governance is complex, difficult, and on the whole, thankless - why ever should the Bright Young Things leave the management of their hotels, newspapers, banks, TV channels and corporations to join, like fleas on a behemoth, the government? Wherein lies the difference between the two worlds? view quote

Advances don't fundamentally interest me. It sounds terribly naive, but money doesn't really mean anything to me. If a lot of money came my way, I'm certainly not going to say no. But it hasn't come my way as yet, and I'm not heartbroken. view quote

It's a huge headache - the more money you have, the more hassles. I find money very uncomfortable. view quote

Amidst one's daily clutter, one doesn't usually reflect on the splendour of being free because - naturally - one has to get on with the business of living. view quote

I need to have some depth in my characters. That's why they are all Bengalis. I can't imagine writing a book with someone called Saxena as the hero. view quote

Anyone who has grown up in Delhi knows it's horrible. view quote

I feel completely at home in the absurdities of India. view quote

Well, life is dark, isn't it? Mostly, it's dreadful. At the same time, death is funny too. I mean, look at the fuss we make of it. view quote

The more languages you know, the less likely you are to become a terrorist. view quote

People should have literary and cultural taste and should not bomb hotels. view quote

For me, comedy is richer and larger than anything else. view quote

I don't think I would do better books if I wrote full time. I write for amateurish reasons. view quote

So much better to write pen on paper; you can do it anywhere, say, while stuck at the airport. view quote

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