Introduction of Amitav Ghosh and His Works 3.67/5 (3)


Ishwar Singh (Lecturer in English)
GSSS, Azmabad, Mokuta
Mohindergarh, Haryana

Abstract: –

English Literature is Famous and Interesting research platform for writers. There are many Indian English Writers, who are very good Novelist. Indian English literature refers to the many of work by writers in India, who write in the English language. In these writers R.K. NarayanMulk Raj Anand , Raja RaoV. S. NaipaulKiran DesaiJhumpa LahiriAgha Shahid Ali and Salman Rushdie etc. Amitav Ghosh is also very famous in English Literature Writings. He is a pioneer of English literature in India. He was born in Kolkata in the year 1956. His father was a retired officer of pre-independence Indian Army. He completed his high school education from The Doon School and his bachelors from Delhi University, Delhi. He completed his higher studies in England, and got awarded Ph.D. in social anthropology from Oxford University. He got good knowledge and education in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Iran, Egypt, India and the United Kingdom.  After completing his Educational Career, he decided to pursue his career in writing. He worked as a journalist for the first time with the Indian Express newspaper, Delhi.  In This Research Paper I want to present “Introduction of Amitav Ghosh and his Works”.

Key- Words:-  Introduction, Famous Writings and Novels, Awards.

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Amitav Ghosh is a popular and highly respected Indian author. In his novels and essays he draws heavily upon the character, traditions and dichotomies of his native land, yet Ghosh’s protagonist and themes often extend beyond India’s actual boundaries, most notably toward the Middle East and Great Britain. That’s why; Ghosh’s works expose the cross-cultural ties between India and colonial ruler as well as with its kindred neighbors. Ghosh has been hailed by critics as one of a new generation of cosmopolitan Indian intellectuals writing in English who are forgoing a contemporary literary métier.

The Majority of Ghosh’s writing focuses on exploring geographical and social boundaries. His first novel, The Circle of Reason, is a complex tale of a young Indian Boy Alu, and his adventures in India and abroad. The story of this novel is very interesting and knowledge based for society.

Amitav Ghosh is the author of many famous writings. We can divide his works fiction and Non-fiction.

Fiction work is mention hare.

  • The circle of Reason in 1986.
  • The Shadow Lines in 1988.
  • The Calcutta Chromosome in 1995
  • The Glass Palace in 2000.
  • The Hungry Tide in 2004.
  • Sea of poppies in 2008
  • The River of Smoke in 2011.
  • Flood of Fire in 2015.

Non- Fiction Work:-

  • In an Antique Land in 1992.
  • Dancing in Cambodia and at Large in Burma in 1998.
  • Countdown in 1999.
  • The Imam and the Indian 2002.

Awards:-   Ghosh was awarded by Padam Sri  the Indian Government in 2007. In 2009 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.  Ghosh writings literature was society based; The Shadow Lines won the Sahity Akademi Award and Anand Purskaar. The Calcutta Chromosome won the Arthur C.Clarke Award for 1997. Sea of Poppies was shortlisted for the 2008 Man Booker Prize. It was the Co-winner of the Vodaphone Crossword Book Award in 2009, as well as co-winner of the 2010 Dan David PrizeThe River of Smoke was shortlisted for Man Asian Literary Prize in 2011.

 Writings Style Of Amitav Ghosh :-  Amitav Ghosh writing Style is very simple, as a writer and novelist , he makes use of very simple language to give clarity to the readers and understanding the concept of book theme.  He uses many bangle words and many places he used Bhojpuri language and Bengali also.

His novel writing style is typically postmodern.  He is one among the postmodernists. He is immensely influenced by the political and cultural milieu of post independent India. Being a social anthropologists and having the opportunity of visiting alien lands, he comments on contemporary issues through in his novels.   All are these thoughts attractive to readers.  There are philosophical views in words of language in deliberation of intellectual of life and sprit of human being spirit of human being with relation to science and scientific method of reason. Ghosh has thus shown his creativity in form of novel written in English language of philosophical terms. So Ghosh’s all writing style is social knowledge and cultural based.

But he gives the rejection of elaborate formal aesthetics in his writings.  He does not give any significance for picturesque description and ornamental use of language. Tabish Khair also comments on this as – Ghosh is very careful in his use of English and vernacular transcriptions.

He develops a conscious and rich tradition in Indian English fiction, a tradition that includes R.K. Narayan and Shashi Deshpende. The attempt is not to stage Indian Englishes. Ghosh avoids the aestheticisation of language.

In Ghosh’s novels, we find a sense of historical reality in terms of time and space forming an integral part of a work of art and are transmuted in the process of giving a creative expression and it achieves wider dimensions of universality and at times a state of timelessness.

The theme of displacement, race-relations, and a strong craving for reidentifications, is the staple-stuff of most of Amitav Ghosh’s novels.

 Conclusion:- In the conclusion we can say that Ghosh is a good English Literature writer and Good novelist. His all books given good massage for society and readers. Ghosh’s novels show, how the sense of displacement taxes human mind and its strains are felt very clearly on human relationship. In fact, relationships best display the conditions of being in exile, of diasporic living of migrant population and even temporary dislocation and how this sociological concept has got a literary base in the hands of Amitav Ghosh will be discussed in the conclusion.


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