Amitav Ghosh | The Hungry Tide
the author of The Glass Palace, the widely-acclaimed bestseller. The
Hungry Tide is a rich, exotic saga set in Calcutta and in the vast
archipelago of islands in the Bay of Bengal.
Indian myth says that when the river Ganges first descended from the
heavens, the force of the cascade was so great that the earth would have
been destroyed if it had not been for the god Shiva, who tamed the
torrent by catching it in his dreadlocks. It is only when the Ganges
approaches the Bay of Bengal that it frees itself and separates into
thousands of wandering strands. The result is the Sundarbans, an immense
stretch of mangrove forest, a half-drowned land where the waters of the
Himalayas merge with the incoming tides of the sea.