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  1. Praveen Praveen says:

    The true tragedy of routinely spent life is that its wastefulness does not become apparent till it is too late This quote does not reflect the theme of this book but it caught my eye in this green covered book in my hand when today I was flipping its pages thinking what to write about it It s tea time and there is a tray ready on a side table with two pieces of cookies A squirrel on the wall of the garden is eating something in a ravenous way I have no idea what is that something, it s scan The true tragedy of routinely spent life is that its wastefulness does not become apparent till it is too late This quote does not reflect the theme of this book but it caught my eye in this green covered book in my hand when today I was flipping its pages thinking what to write about it It s tea time and there is a tray ready on a side table with two pieces of cookies A squirrel on the wall of the garden is eating something in a ravenous way I have no idea what is that something, it s scanty for my eyes, but it must be something very delicious which can be assumed by observing the way this little creature is feeding itself, using both its hands fleetly and effectively In fact, for the past few days, I am routinely spending my time this way only, in the evening A finished book in my hand at tea time I thinking something to write about it on GR Two routinely placed cookies on the side table A squirrel doing something always on the garden wall and then me postponing writing about the book for oneday But this quote surprisingly worked as a catalyst today motivating me to write a review as it evoked the sentiments of this mentioned wastefulness in me and I quickly decided to talk about the book here before it s too late So Talking about the book, Piyali Roy Piya is an Indian origin American cetologist She studies marine mammals She comes to India near her ancestral place in the hope to get a permit to do a survey of marine mammals of Sunderbans.Kanai, who thinks that he has the true connoisseur s ability to both praise and appraise women, spots her, the moment he reaches onto a crowded platform. Inside the train coach when she was trying to maneuver the cup of tea from the tea seller through the bar of the window then this man Kanai sitting opposite to the seat of Piya, suddenly flips over a page With the jolting of her hand, she tries to make sure most of the tea spill out of the window but she could not prevent a small trickle from shooting over his papers With a mortified sorry from the Piya there begins the interaction between the two and with their acquaintance begins this exotic tale from the pen of Amitav Ghosh She does her research and Kanai translates for her some critical things facilitating her understanding of local ambiance and culture.This story takes the reader on a trip to the long chain of the archipelago of the Bay of Bengal It talks about the ways of boatmen in the region It s an adventure read for lovers of the sea and riverine adventures, loaded with some interesting real facts and some interesting myth prevailed in a specified area of Bengal The story moves in time and space both Characters of the present time are Kanai, Fokir, and Piya and the main character of the past is Nirmal Intricacy and suspense in the plot are kept in the old diary of Nirmal, which is read by Kanai to connect the dots of events Amitav has touched many issues like refugee, freedom, war, government, and tribal conflict, ecology, marine life and lives in seaside habitats in this book.The most beautiful part of the story for me was the reticent and self effacing bond between Fokir and Piya Piya is an educated English speaking marine biologist and Fokir is a local boatman who knows the only local language, He does not know what she says and she does not know what he says He saves her life in the early part of the story and then plays a crucial part in the latter part of the story The restrained communication of emotions between the two despite the language barrier provides the real delight in this story It was symbolically written and crafted by Ghosh in a very alluring wayWhat was he thinking about as he stared at the moonlit river The forests, the crabs Whatever it was she would never know not just because they had no language in common but because that was how it was with human beings, who came equipped as a species, with the means of shutting each other out The two of them Fokir and herself, they could have been boulders and trees for all they knew of each other and wasn t it better in a way,honest, that they could not speak For if you compared it to the ways in which Dolphins echoes mirrored the world, speech was the only bag of tricks that fooled you into believing that you could see through the eyes of another being In my sailing through this beautiful story, I also encountered some well researched scientific facts about mammal creatures and about the history of those small islands in the Bay of Bengal The mixing of faith and mythical belief in the story made itinteresting for the reader Ghosh has tried his best to keep the story equally relevant for both the native readers and for the general English readers and he has done it quite successfully One other important thing that happened to me while reading this book. somewhere in the latter half Ghosh has tried to translate a mythical story through one of his character and while reading two pages of that chapter completely which was certainly looking similar in structure with the previous prose style, I suddenly found that there was something rhyming and verse like there, I flipped back and rereading those paragraphs again, realizing this time that Ghosh has deliberately and wonderfully created an English pastiche of the Bengali metre dwipadi poyar a rhymed couplet of about 12 syllablesIt was a really wonderful thing in the book An English reader can have a feel of a mythical poem keeping with its essence in the original form It was fun reading and knowing about it.A fulfilling reading journey for me with such fascinating penmanship of Ghosh


  2. Andrea Andrea says:

    I know Amitav Ghosh isn t for everyone, but I just adore his writing I can t think of another author who can transport me to another place the way he does whether it s India, somewhere else in Asia, the US or the UK I haven t yet visited the Sundarbans, but after reading The Hungry Tide I feel like I ve squelched my toes in the mud and scratched my skin on the mangrove roots of that region.Piya Roy and Kanai rhymes with Hawaii Dutt meet on a train when both are traveling to the Sundarbans I know Amitav Ghosh isn t for everyone, but I just adore his writing I can t think of another author who can transport me to another place the way he does whether it s India, somewhere else in Asia, the US or the UK I haven t yet visited the Sundarbans, but after reading The Hungry Tide I feel like I ve squelched my toes in the mud and scratched my skin on the mangrove roots of that region.Piya Roy and Kanai rhymes with Hawaii Dutt meet on a train when both are traveling to the Sundarbans Piya to study the Irrawaddy dolphin population and Kanai to visit his aunt and review a manuscript left to him by his long departed uncle Through a series of events, Piya unexpectedly finds herself on Lusibari island, taking up Kanai s casual invitation to look him up while she s in the area Both get caught up in the region s past, in different ways, and by the end they have both mapped out a future for themselves that is tied to the Sundarbans The story includes themes about conservation, ecology, displacement, human trafficking, caste, literacy and economic disparity.One thing I didn t really find convincing was the idea that either of the main characters would have seriously contemplated any kind of romantic involvement with each other There didn t seem to be any spark But that was such an inconsequential element of the story that it didn t lessen my overall enjoyment at all


  3. Foodie Foodie says:

    If Shadow Lines enthralled you, Amitav Ghosh s latest masterpiece, the Hungry Tide, will sweep you off your feet, and into the precarious waters of the Sundarbans.In the typical Ghosh style, the narrative moves fluidly between past and present You will be transported into the mindset of the superstitious yet brave folk, who have adapted themselves to the constant ebb and flow of the tide and are living in continuous fear of the Bengal tigers The tide begins to turn with the advent of two seeke If Shadow Lines enthralled you, Amitav Ghosh s latest masterpiece, the Hungry Tide, will sweep you off your feet, and into the precarious waters of the Sundarbans.In the typical Ghosh style, the narrative moves fluidly between past and present You will be transported into the mindset of the superstitious yet brave folk, who have adapted themselves to the constant ebb and flow of the tide and are living in continuous fear of the Bengal tigers The tide begins to turn with the advent of two seekers from the outside world Piyali Roy, an Indian American marine biologist in search of the Irrawaddy dolphins and Kanai Dutt, an urbane translator from New Delhi who s there to retrieve his deceased uncle Nirmal s journal Their lives become intertwined particularly with Fokir, an illiterate but proud fisherman, who has the rivers in his heart As the narrative progresses, they are forced to respect nature in order to survive, and to communicate with people who differ not only in language but also in equations of existence It is a story of love, revolution, brutal history and the place of man within the treacheries of nature It seems to underscore Nirmal s observation that nothing escapes the maw of the tides


  4. Jack Edwards Jack Edwards says:

    A fascinating and gripping read given an insight into a subaltern history In particular, I enjoyed the exploration of language and who is given the ability to write history However, there were slightly cringeworthy elements tacked onto the end of each chapter, especially the final lines of the novel This cheapened the novel slightly and seemed a bit out of place.


  5. Stephen Durrant Stephen Durrant says:

    I have mixed feelings about The Hungry Tide Amitav Ghosh tells a large story firmly set in a particular place the Mangrove covered islands in the estuary of the Ganges River The story has everything love, class difference, political conflict, natural and man made catastrophes, and, of course, dolphins, tigers, and crocodiles dangerous encounters with the latter two, friendly encounters with the first And that s the problem The story is contrived and contains dialogue that frequently do I have mixed feelings about The Hungry Tide Amitav Ghosh tells a large story firmly set in a particular place the Mangrove covered islands in the estuary of the Ganges River The story has everything love, class difference, political conflict, natural and man made catastrophes, and, of course, dolphins, tigers, and crocodiles dangerous encounters with the latter two, friendly encounters with the first And that s the problem The story is contrived and contains dialogue that frequently doesn t ring true Moreover, Ghosh is maybe too eager to teach us what he knows of the natural history of his native landabout the Irrawaddy Dolphin, for example, than I ever wanted to know Overarching all of this is a kind authorial sensitivity, working manfully towards a suitably acceptable happy ending Still, one reads forward, swept along by Ghosh s big story He is trying, I think, to write a best seller with enough literary art to stop just short of being embarrassing He succeeds for the most part, but it all seems a little too calculated and nice to this cynical reader Yes, I liked it, sort of, but is that enough


  6. Eti Eti says:

    Amitav Ghosh, I must say is an amazing story teller and in this book he proved beyond doubt that literary skill of the Bengali is redoubtable Absolutely engrossing, this book is one such where you come across a great story which is amazingly written and make you an instant fan of the author.This book is well researched and the story is set in the 70 s, and it revolves around the Sundarbans and have this lovely descriptions of the land, the people and the animals I would actually call it informat Amitav Ghosh, I must say is an amazing story teller and in this book he proved beyond doubt that literary skill of the Bengali is redoubtable Absolutely engrossing, this book is one such where you come across a great story which is amazingly written and make you an instant fan of the author.This book is well researched and the story is set in the 70 s, and it revolves around the Sundarbans and have this lovely descriptions of the land, the people and the animals I would actually call it informative Why 4 stars to this book, even though it is such an amazing book Yes, because at times the writer seems to me a bit too cynical and calculative.And I m bit ashamed of myself that I read just one book by this finest Indian writer However, I m planning to read his other books soon and I grant his books a permanent position in my reading list until they disappoint me


  7. Em*bedded-in-books* Em*bedded-in-books* says:

    Home is where Orcaella are says PiaHome is where I can brew a perfect cup,of tea says NilimaHome is where books as fine as this reside says MeThis was a very educational journey into the tide country the Sunderbans.So far, Sunderban has just been a printed name in my geography text books of yore After years I encountered it in all its glory, ruthlessness and ethereal beauty, along with the magical folklore, which seems almost real to me, and the majestic man eating tiger.I will never fo Home is where Orcaella are says PiaHome is where I can brew a perfect cup,of tea says NilimaHome is where books as fine as this reside says MeThis was a very educational journey into the tide country the Sunderbans.So far, Sunderban has just been a printed name in my geography text books of yore After years I encountered it in all its glory, ruthlessness and ethereal beauty, along with the magical folklore, which seems almost real to me, and the majestic man eating tiger.I will never forget the beauty of a rainbow hanging low over moonlight, or the ruthless storm uprooting giant trees as if those were small twigs placed in the ground,,or the madly rushing tidal waters of the river, or the groups of river dolphins.I learnt a lot from Pia, Nirmal, Horen and Fokir.I learnt to love animals and nature I became an environmentalist, a zoologist, a thinker philosophy still eludes me The ending was majestic I will not forget Fokir for a long time to come I will be less judgemental of people whom I encounter in my day to day life.Every person has something which I don t have, every person has a higher education than their counterpart in one way or other.thank you, Amitav Ghosh


  8. Khush Khush says:

    One of Amitav Ghosh s best books, I would say The setting of the book is in the Sundarbans in Eastern India a vast forest in the coastal region of the Bay of Bengal and considered one of the natural wonders of the world There is not much of a story as such in the novel, but there are excellent characters and visual depictions of the Sundarbans The landscape plays a prominent role in the book One could almost breathe Sundarbans However, unlike forests in Himalayan ranges in the North, One of Amitav Ghosh s best books, I would say The setting of the book is in the Sundarbans in Eastern India a vast forest in the coastal region of the Bay of Bengal and considered one of the natural wonders of the world There is not much of a story as such in the novel, but there are excellent characters and visual depictions of the Sundarbans The landscape plays a prominent role in the book One could almost breathe Sundarbans However, unlike forests in Himalayan ranges in the North, Sunderbans display a certain kind of calm and beauty, but also leave a trail of heavy suffocation especially during the monsoon they are dark, humid, uninviting and there is always a sense of danger lurking in the air.On thebrighter note, I loved reading about the landscape shown in the book, it is like I am knowing deeply a character, with its varied shades, in the novel The fact that such a region exists with its flora and fauna is delightful The immense density of these forests, the presence of white tigers the Bengal tiger make this place, among other things, precious.The other thing I liked about the book is the character portrayal of Fokir, a fisherman, a native of the place he acts like a guide to Piya Roy, an Indo American biologist who comes to Sundarbans to study the rare varieties of river dolphins in the region Fokir s character is wonderfully written he has the same qualities and a certain uniqueness about him which are similar to the landscape that sustains and nurtures him Fokir knows the region the way a lover knows the body of his beloved deeply, intimately and with an acute sense of love, concern, and ownership He has rivers in him, the swish of a running stream, the virility of fertile landscape, and the agility of a wildcat His body is as smooth and supple as that for a fish, the sheer force of these sensual descriptions of Fokir can easily be assigned to the landscape, at least to certain aspects of it.Ghosh s background in history probably persuaded him to write about Sundarbans these primordial virgin regions carrying within them treasures, but the current infatuations with thoughtless development is playing havoc in the area So the human presence, apart from Fokir s, is largely intrusive and destructive It unfolds in regional politics and, in complicated ways, is shaped by the global capital.The hungry tide the Sundarbans is hungry because it is one of its kind it is ferocious because it is just nature at its best wholly unmediated by any external presence On the other hand, the hungry tide is hungry in the sense of deficient due to the aggressive and ever increasing human interventions in the region It is probably this that makes Ghosh write this book.And he wrote it brilliantly


  9. Doug Bradshaw Doug Bradshaw says:

    This book was written well before Sea of Poppies It was a fairly interesting story set in an area of Eastern India in a labyrinth of tiny islands known as the Sundarbans, where settlers live in fear of drowning tides and man eating tigers It was almostof a documentary giving interesting facts about the history of the settlers, how the government fought them using this ground, how they eked out a living there and were sometimes eaten by Tigers Dang tigers The story of the American Mari This book was written well before Sea of Poppies It was a fairly interesting story set in an area of Eastern India in a labyrinth of tiny islands known as the Sundarbans, where settlers live in fear of drowning tides and man eating tigers It was almostof a documentary giving interesting facts about the history of the settlers, how the government fought them using this ground, how they eked out a living there and were sometimes eaten by Tigers Dang tigers The story of the American Marine biologist from Seattle there to study two rare species of Dolphins, and her relationship with two local fellows, a fisherman and a translator was a bit too tame for me No real meat in the story But it was interesting and I could see Ghosh starting to develop some of the skills that lead him to write the amazing Sea of Poppies trilogy


  10. Jane Jane says:

    this guy is such a terrible writer, I don t know why I bother Full review once I finish this abominable page turnerOK, done I really can t bear Gosh s style, the dialogue is completely implausible, with nearly every character speaking as though they re declaiming to the wind He has an unnecessarily high adjective count, and he just generally annoys me On the upside, this book does some nice stuff with structure, pulling different characters points of view together quite well And the this guy is such a terrible writer, I don t know why I bother Full review once I finish this abominable page turnerOK, done I really can t bear Gosh s style, the dialogue is completely implausible, with nearly every character speaking as though they re declaiming to the wind He has an unnecessarily high adjective count, and he just generally annoys me On the upside, this book does some nice stuff with structure, pulling different characters points of view together quite well And the last few chapters are genuinely exciting and edge of the seaty But really, this book is just an excuse for him to rant on about how it s time we put an end to the practice of putting the natural world ahead of human wellbeing you know, the way we do that like, all the time


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The Hungry Tide Off the easternmost corner of India, in the Bay of Bengal, lies the immense labyrinth of tiny islands known as the Sundarbans, where settlers live in fear of drowning tides and man eating tigers Piya Roy, a young American marine biologist of Indian descent, arrives in this lush, treacherous landscape in search of a rare species of river dolphin and enlists the aid of a local fisherman and a translator Together the three of them launch into the elaborate backwaters, drawn unawares into the powerful political undercurrents of this isolated corner of the world that exact a personal toll as fierce as the tides [EPUB] ✼ The End (The 30-Day Collective Book 1) ✿ Ellen A. Easton – 9facts.co.uk in the Bay of Bengal ➽ [Download] ✤ The Light Over London By Julia Kelly ➲ – 9facts.co.uk lies the immense labyrinth of tiny islands known as the Sundarbans [Ebook] ➣ Cell By Robin Cook – 9facts.co.uk where settlers live in fear of drowning tides and man eating tigers Piya Roy ❰Download❯ ➺ Braving the Wilderness Author Brené Brown – 9facts.co.uk a young American marine biologist of Indian descent [Ebook] ➣ Lightning / Midnight / The Bad Place By Dean Koontz – 9facts.co.uk arrives in this lush ❴Read❵ ➳ A Cidade Das Trevas (Dean Koontzs Frankenstein, Author Dean Koontz – 9facts.co.uk treacherous landscape in search of a rare species of river dolphin and enlists the aid of a local fisherman and a translator Together the three of them launch into the elaborate backwaters [BOOKS] ⚣ Iron Council (New Crobuzon, By China Miéville – 9facts.co.uk drawn unawares into the powerful political undercurrents of this isolated corner of the world that exact a personal toll as fierce as the tides