November 22, 2009


Our very own Hilary will be studying abroad in India next semester, and in anticipation of her travels, she has focused her leisurely reading on one of India's most famous and award-winning authors, Amitav Ghosh. Born and raised in India, Amitav offers an authentic, culturally descriptive homage to his country in his writing.  He has a distinguished portfolio of written work, including his novels (In An Antique Land, The Glass Palace, Incendiary Circumstances, The Hungry Tide, Sea of Poppies, among others) and his essays (published in The Hindu, The New Yorker, Granta, and The New York Times Editorial Section). He has also influenced many young writers while teaching at Delhi University in India and Harvard and Columbia Universities in the United States.

And so, we give you: a short but sweet peek into the mind of Amitav Ghosh.

Do you have a motto? 
"Ceaseless work is the law of art." --Honore de Balzac 

Your favorite work of literature? 

How do you feel about blogging? 
I'm no good at it. 

What is your greatest achievement? 
Bringing up two great kids. 

What values do you hope to pass along to your kids? 
Work hard, be mindful of the planet, and treat others as you would want them to treat you. 

Best remedy for writers block? 
A walk around the park.

Where is your favorite place to write? 
My three studies--in Goa, Kolkata, and Brooklyn.

1 comment:

  1. Calcutta chromosomes, though a great book, is I feel - too many diverse plots are bunched together. We move from one place to another meeting different characters, and the end is a little obscure. I find it hard to arrive at definite conclusion - maybe that is the aim of the author!