Saturday, April 01, 2017

Author that takes us on journey into history - Amitav Gosh #AtoZChallenge

My theme for A to Z Challenge is 'Characters'. But it's already 10:30 pm and I haven't written a word. After pulling many Goodreads book pages and IMDB movie pages, I am still struggling to settle on a character. Finally I move up the concept and choose the maker of the characters. My favourite author - Amitav Gosh. 

Amitav Gosh

The Circle of Reason [France’s Prix M├ędicis in 1990]
The Shadow Lines [Sahitya Akademi Award and the Ananda Puraskar]
In An Antique Land
Dancing in Cambodia
The Calcutta Chromosome [Arthur C. Clarke award for 1997]
The Glass Palace [International e-Book Award, Frankfurt book fair in 2001]
The Hungry Tide [Crossword Book Prize, 2005]
The Ibis Trilogy [Man Booker Prize Shortlisted, 2008, Crossword Book Prize, India Plaza Golden Quill Award]

Amitav Ghosh was awarded Padma Shri in January 2007, one of India’s highest honours, by the President of India. And in 2010, along with Margaret Atwood, he was also a joint winner of a Dan David Award for 2010. And this is not all. You can read more about him and his accomplishments on his website.

Even after reading above honors, if you still need reasons, here are few -

Master Story-weaver with Extra-ordinary stories of intriguing characters that will awe you with history and knowledge that you will gather and mesmerize you with beautiful poetic language. 

Pick any book written by Gosh, not one you will find similar to any other. All his books have large canvas with extra-ordinary backdrop. The best example to mention here is Ibis Trilogy. With three books  and he onboard us on a journey centuries back on the ship, which makes its way from the poppy fields of India to Mauritis to Hong Kong to China. The varied characters with their own history are painted so beautifully that you feel connected to them.

Do you know the origin of our special Chai & Samosa that we are so proud, is China? His books is a fun way of building knowledge. I had loved all of his books, but my favourite is - The Glass Palace.
The Glass Palace: Set in Burma during the British invasion of 1885 book tells the story of Rajkumar, a poor boy lifted on the tides of political and social chaos, who goes on to create an empire in the Burmese teak forest. When soldiers force the royal family out of the Glass Palace and into exile, Rajkumar befriends Dolly, a young woman in the court of the Burmese Queen, whose love will shape his life. He cannot forget her, and years later, as a rich man, he goes in search of her. 
Before ending, posting some of his quotes from books:
“It is madness to think that knowing a language and reading a few books can create allegiances between people. Thoughts, books, ideas, words – if anything, they make you more alone, because they destroy whatever instinctive loyalties you may once have possessed.” ― Flood of Fire
“The truth is, sir, that men do what their power permits them to do. We are no different from the Pharaohs or the Mongols: the difference is only that when we kill people we feel compelled to pretend that it is for some higher cause. It is this pretence of virtue, I promise you, that will never be forgiven by history.” ― Sea of Poppies
“People like my grandmother, who have no home but in memory, learn to be very skilled in the art of recollection.” ― The Shadow Lines
“The absence of food doesn't make a man forsake hunger-it only makes him hungrier .” ― River of Smoke
“when merchants and traders begin to run wars – hundreds of lives depend on bribes.” ― Flood of Fire

Written for the A to Z Challenge. For more info on Challenge, visit A to Z Challenge Blog. 


  1. I like that food-hungry quote. :-) Good to know about Mr. Amitav :-)

    Happy A to Zing. :-)

    1. Thanks Prakash for visiting and commenting :)

  2. Not an author with whom I am familiar, but he has some worthy quotes.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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