Wednesday, 7 June 2017

The Hungry Tide .. By Amitav Ghosh

Amitav Ghosh is one of the best Indian Authors and The Hungry Tide is one of his finest books which has won the Hutch Crossword Book Award in 2004. This book tells us a story about the horrors lying within the confines of Sunderban Delta and describes in a subtle fashion, how the life of this tide country is immensely different from the rest of India. 

It was so strange to understand the fascination, the tide country holds for its people who are constantly struggling with the floods, water-borne diseases, daily attacks by vicious predators and barely coping with poverty. Yet Amitav describes this melancholy in such a fashion, one can't help but fall in love with the wide flowing mighty rivers, the mystery of the mangrove forests, the playful riverine dolphins and the serenity of the Isles. And the most enchanting part of this book was the mysterious tale of Bon Bibi, which was poetically recited by the author.

It was a heart-tugging story with a touch of an unnatural narration using winds and water which had an almost supernatural rhythm to it. Such a phenomenal thought can only be brought about by reading and discovering the finest qualities of storytelling one could hope for.

Happy Reading!!!

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