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Emeritus Traces Journey From Calcutta to California

Oct. 10, 2012

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Pinaki R. Chakrabarti

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A structural engineer by profession, Indian-born Pinaki R. Chakrabarti has penned his first book of poems, short stories, essays and memoirs about life in India and the United States.

The emeritus professor of civil and environmental engineering is the author of "California Theke Kolkata," or translated means "California to Calcutta," a 30-year labor of love that has been published by Aboy Literary Society in Kolkata, India. Because of his long career in engineering, the cover page of his book shows bridges and structures in California and Kolkata.

The majority of the book is written in Bengali with about one-fourth in English. As a child growing up in Bengal, India, Chakrabarti had a desire to write, but instead attended Bengal Engineering College to become an engineer. He came to the U.S. to study civil engineering and earned a master's degree at the University of Minnesota and doctorate at Rutgers University.

Chakrabarti joined Cal State Fullerton in 1983 and served 28 years, including terms as department chair. While he 'retired' in 2010-11, Chakrabarti continues to teach part time during the fall semester and is still involved in research activities focusing on structures.

By: Debra Cano Ramos, 657-278-4027

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