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THE CALCUTTA CHROMOSOME

By

AMITAV GHOSH
Presented By CHANDAN DUTTA ROLL NO -190

Identifying The Book


Author:-Amitav Ghosh Language:-English Genre(s):-Thriller Year:- 1995 Publisher:-Picador

Awards:-Arthur C. Clarke Award in 1997.

Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta and grew up in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. He studied in Delhi, Oxford and Alexandria The Circle of Reason, The Shadow Lines, In An Antique Land, Dancing in Cambodia, The Glass Palace, The Hungry Tide, and Sea of Poppies, Amitav Ghoshs work has been translated into more than twenty languages and he has served on the Jury of the Locarno Film Festival and the Venice Film Festival.

CHARACTERS
Antar - A man in the future who is about to retire. He is tracking Murugan. Murugan - He is an authority on Sir Ronald Ross. Much of the novel is about his tracking the life of Ronald Ross. Ronald Ross - the Nobel prize winning scientist who found out that malaria is spread through mosquitoes. Much of his research is spoken about

Lutchman - He was picked up by Ross for his experiments and did everything for him. Mangala - Cleaning woman Laboratory.
Sonali - A writer, a journalist, and actor. Urmila - A journalist for the same publication as Sonali Romen Haldar - Lutchman in his most recent reincarnation.

Plot Summary
The novel begins with the story of Antar who recounts an encounter with L. Murugan, an employee of Life Watch who has disappeared in Calcutta. . Murugan has asked to be transferred to Calcutta because of his fascination with the life of Sir Ronald Ross. The New York of Antar and the Calcutta of Murugan seem to overlap in time. Through his Antar figures out that Murugan had systematically unearthed an underground scientific/mystical movement that could grant eternal life.

Contd
The disciples of this movement can transfer their chromosomes into another, and gradually become that person or take over that person. A group of native Indian guided Ross to the conclusions for which he is famous. These Indians provided Ross with clues in the belief that in the moment Ross made his discovery, the parasite would change its nature.

Review
Like most South Asian writers, Ghosh has strong and dramatic storytelling skills. And then there is Calcutta, with its decaying present and historic past, brought alive through Ghosh's sparse, evocative prose. The concept of time plays a critical part in "The Calcutta Chromosome. Like all good science fiction, "The Calcutta Chromosome" makes you think. What is the nature of time? Can souls transmigrate through genetic tampering? Can the history of mankind be pre-written by a few?

Conclusion
Amitav Ghosh has written a fascinating book with its sly and humorous mingling of science with myth. Capable of being read at several levels, it is the sort of story that remains with you long after you've shut the final page.

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