AMITAV GHOSH CALCUTTA CHROMOSOME PDF

Like Ghosh's other novels, The Calcutta Chromosome is merging different genres-science, history, magic, realism, thriller, detective and ghost story. This novel also stresses more on science; it is, indeed, a science fiction. On the surface of the narrative, it indulges in the historical discovery of Roland Ross's record of his experimentations in Calcutta. Ross acquired the Nobel-Prize for his discovery of the life-cycle of malaria. However, Ghosh refutes the colonial narrative; he, therefore, re-writes the history of malaria research, as he gives the subalterns more value in his narrative. It is a real postcolonial discourse, which is unlike the Eurocentric paradigm; it is also a reversal of the roles, since the novelist focuses more on the oppressed rather than on their oppressors.

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Reviewed by Kritika Goyal. Set in an unspecified time in the future, this medical thriller takes the readers through a wondrous journey of time. The narrative is suffused with science, myth, nihilism, philosophy and superstition. The book is based on the life of the Nobel Prize winning scientist, Sir Ronald Ross, who did a breakthrough research on malaria in Apart from the fact that Ross discovered the malarial parasite on 20 th August, ; all the other events promulgated in the narrative are fabricated by the author himself.

It is his own creation. The book bagged the Arthur C Clarke Award in The book tells a unique tale which is quite complicated to comprehend as it oscillates briskly back and forth in time. There are three mysteries which seem to be parallel to each other but actually are intertwined.

He wants to find out about the disappearance of his co worker Murugan in Calcutta. The second one is of Murugan himself, who is passionate about unfolding the story, how Sir Ronald Ross concluded the malaria research. This made Murugan obstinate and he decided to go to India to look for the actual malaria story.

He arrived in Calcutta on August The mosquito day. This chromosome was unusual because it could not be isolated or detected by the conventional techniques. It was not even present in every cell because unlike the other chromosomes it was not symmetrically paired. And the reason why it was not symmetrically paired was; it was not bifurcated into egg and sperm.

The author imagined it to be developed from a process of recombination which was particular to every individual. It could not be transferred from one generation to another. It was only present in the non regenerative tissue, in other words; the brain and could be transmitted through malaria. Later on they turned out to be demi-gods. Urmila the journalist was just a connecting wire between the broken ends of the story. With the occult characters of Mangla and Lutchman, the author has denied the caste bars of the Indian society, portraying that knowledge and power can reside with the people who by caste are considered to be weak and downtrodden.

The politics and power of the west have also been covered pertinently. Silence is the religion for the occult group behind the whole mystery. Enigma is the theme, on which the author has woven his entire narrative. The readers are put in a state of enigma and are forced to keep thinking about the journey even after reading the last page of the book. Although the story has been woven cleverly but it disappoints the reader who wants to read a comparatively simpler and straight novel as many things were unattended and the mystery remained unresolved.

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The Calcutta Chromosome

The book, set in s Calcutta and New York City at some unspecified time in the future, is a medical thriller that dramatizes the adventures of people who are brought together by a mysterious turn of events. The book is loosely based on the life and times of Sir Ronald Ross , the Nobel Prize —winning scientist who achieved a breakthrough in malaria research in Clarke Award in Ghosh employs a factual background for the invented events in the novel, drawing upon Ross' Memoirs which were published in The novel begins with the story of Antar, a resident of the future New York doing data processing for the International Water Council. A chance bit of data causes Antar to recall a bizarre encounter he had with L.

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The portrayal of silence in Amitav Ghosh's The Calcutta Chromosome

Reviewed by Kritika Goyal. Set in an unspecified time in the future, this medical thriller takes the readers through a wondrous journey of time. The narrative is suffused with science, myth, nihilism, philosophy and superstition. The book is based on the life of the Nobel Prize winning scientist, Sir Ronald Ross, who did a breakthrough research on malaria in Apart from the fact that Ross discovered the malarial parasite on 20 th August, ; all the other events promulgated in the narrative are fabricated by the author himself.

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