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The Hungry Tide by Amitav Ghosh
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Dec 18, 2010

really liked it
Read from December 09 to 18, 2010

To be precise i would give 3.5. The book is more of a deep insight into Sunderban both geographically and politically. Author has sketched a detailed picturesque view of this place and while reading you feel like sitting in a small boat and passing through the mangrove forest.
It starts with Kanai who after a long gap is revisiting his aunt back in this place on her request. His uncle had left over a notebook for Kanai to read. On his way he meets this NRI girl Piya in train and during turn of events they introduce each other and he asks to come to his place.
Kanai after reaching his aunt place straight away digs himself into his notebook, which talks about his last few days on island and his struggle for a particular island.
Piya on the other hand, scientist by profession starts her expedition after long struggling with permits. During her voyage through water she happened to meet Fokir. Fokir helps her with her research and after few days they return to place where Kanai was put up.
Fokir happens to be son of girl whom Kanai knew. Finally Kanai and Piya meet and spends time together. After few days they again go on expedition. Kanai extends his help to Piya who accepts it. During their tour into mangrove area, one day Kanai realizes he must get back after getting into a small tussle with Fokir. He returns but it was only during that time that a storm hits shores. Piya and Fokir gets stuck on island where they were carrying out their research while Kanai comes back. Finally after storm abated piya was spotted and rescued but Fokir died.
The description of storm is really engaging and also the pace at which author rushes through last few pages is too good. Overall i would it was good read considering the research gone into this novel. It is wonderfully researched but it is inclined more towards justification of human encroachment of this wonderful natural habitat.
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