What had they felt I wondered when they discovered that they had created not a separation but a yet undiscovered irony the simple fact that there had never been a moment in the four thousa
“What had they felt, I wondered, when they discovered that they had created not a separation, but a yet-undiscovered irony . . . the simple fact that there had never been a moment in the four-thousand-year-old history of that map, when the places we know as Dhaka and Calcutta were more closely bound to each other than after they had drawn their lines – so closely that I, in Calcutta, had only to look into the mirror to be in Dhaka; a moment when each city was the inverted image of the other, locked into an irreversible symmetry by the line that was to set us free – our looking-glass border.”This was my third Ghosh, and the first thing that I can now very easily identify and pinpoint about his writing is that it is turned both inwards and outwards, it is both Indian and cosmopolitan, and as such, most of his fiction concerns itself with the exploration of various connections between the two – between people, cultures, and countries that have a shared past – and while doing this it also looks at the connection between past and present, between memories and events, and of course, like all post-colonial fiction, between the political and the personal, in a non-linear narrative common to Indian fiction. And Ghosh does all this with the most understated intensity, an intensity that is never evident but still felt. The Shadow Lines is a probing into the chronicles of nations and private lives linked together despite the boundaries separating them, making one wonder at the fictionality of what is considered real. These boundaries, these ‘shadow lines’, ever changing, ever evolving, but having always existed, although having always been illusory, born out of nationalism and ideology, having the potential to create violence and disruption, are not just political but also very deeply personal, separating not just nations from nations, people from people, but also people from themselves. And with the shattering of the idea that they are real comes the quest for identity and an attempt to understand the past and the present, for both an individual and a community.Apart from the metaphor of the shadow lines, Ghosh also undercuts the notion of nationhood by questioning the reality of history, and by juxtaposing it with memory, he exposes it as an invention, not a given, not a reality. It is memory too that forges links between boundaries, that brings people together in a way that history wouldn’t register. And he also demonstrates that the legacy of history, fictive or not, or of memory, is always in a flux, never settled, never fixed, especially when the said history or memory is that of the division of people. Ghosh asserts that boundaries are never the solution – boundaries don’t ensure a collective and individual stability, they don’t ensure the end of violence, of hostility, of subsequent psychological problems, but nor do they erase the love, the commonness, the unity that once was. All of this Ghosh does without really seeming to do it. He is a story-teller first and foremost, and that’s what I love about him. His writing is moving and heartbreaking and the pathos is unbearable at times, but that is most Indian fiction for you, and I love it like nothing else.Popular The Shadow Lines By Amitav Ghosh is Kindle Opening in Calcutta in the 1960s, Amitav Ghosh s radiant second novel follows two families one English, one Bengali as their lives intertwine in tragic and comic ways The narrator, Indian born and English educated, traces events back and forth in time, from the outbreak of World War II to the late twentieth century, through years of Bengali partition and violence, observiOpening in Calcutta in the 1960s, Amitav Ghosh s radiant second novel follows two families one English, one Bengali as their lives intertwine in tragic and comic ways The narrator, Indian born and English educated, traces events back and forth in time, from the outbreak of World War II to the late twentieth century, through years of Bengali partition and violence, observing the ways in which political events invade private lives.. Amitav Ghosh is one of India s best known writers His books include The Circle of Reason, The Shadow Lines, In An Antique Land, Dancing in Cambodia, The Calcutta Chromosome, The Glass Palace, Incendiary Circumstances, The Hungry Tide His most recent novel, Sea of Poppies, is the first volume of the Ibis Trilogy.Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta in 1956 He studied in Dehra Dun, New Delhi, Alexandria and Oxford and his first job was at the Indian Express newspaper in New Delhi He earned a doctorate at Oxford before he wrote his first novel, which was published in 1986.The Circle of Reason won the Prix Medicis Etranger, one of France s top literary awards, and The Shadow Lines won the Sahitya Akademi Award and the Ananda Puraskar The Calcutta Chromosome won the Arthur C Clarke Award for 1997 and The Glass Palace won the Grand Prize for Fiction at the Frankfurt International e Book Awards in 2001 The Hungry Tide won the Hutch Crossword Book Prize in 2006 In 2007 Amitav Ghosh was awarded the Grinzane Cavour Prize in Turin, Italy Amitav Ghosh has written for many publications, including the Hindu, The New Yorker and Granta, and he has served on the juries of several international film festivals, including Locarno and Venice He has taught at many universities in India and the USA, including Delhi University, Columbia, the City University of New York and Harvard He no longer teaches and is currently writing the next volume of the Ibis Trilogy.He is married to the writer, Deborah Baker, and has two children, Lila and Nayan He divides his time between Kolkata, Goa and Brooklyn.. Bestseller Book The Shadow Lines The return of this asymmetrical Saturday was one of those little events, internal, local, almost civic, which, in peaceful lives and closed societies, create a sort of national bond and become the favorite theme of conversations, jokes, stories wantonly exaggerated: it would have been the ready-made nucleus for a cycle of legends, if one of us had had an epic turn of mind.~ Marcel ProustThe Shadow Lines of History (& Geography)It is said that childhood is the font of all stories. No story can be told without getting the child in you involved. Well, that is not quite true. You can tell one without involving the child, except that it wont be a story anymore. It will be an anecdote - a story without the soul.Here, the child, and the adult, and the teenager flit across the shadow lines of time that separates them, blending into each other, becoming one and separate without the slightest effort.One minute the wonder of the child, next the indifference of the adult, next the deliberate inadequateness of the teenager - all assault the reader at the same time. Taking the reader on a parallel journey. The transitions between times is stunning - seamless! Between past and present selves… all shadow lines are sketched in loving detail.This technique is employed partly due to narrative expediency, but also to show the true nature of stories we tell ourselves - they are as fleeting as our memories. Our personal histories are figments of our imagination.Sometimes this shadowy nature of memory revels itself:You might think you know a story, you have grown up with it. Then someone comes along and says, but that could not have happened. You look them in the eyes and say, ‘look, that is what happened.’ They will understand.Not so much. Your stories are built on ‘facts’ that they are alien to. They belong to another time, one parallel to theirs. To another universe. Did you meet the multi-verse today?Looking-Glass BordersBut these lines, these stories, are not just personal, they are spun out and eventually lays siege to whole nations. They become political hallucinations:What had they felt, I wondered, when they discovered that they had created not a separation, but a yet-undiscovered irony: the simple fact that there had never been a moment in the 4000-year-old history of that map when the places we know as Dhaka and Calcutta were more closely bound to each other than after they had drawn their lines – so closely that I, in Calcutta, had only to look into the mirror to be in Dhaka; a moment when each city was the inverted image of the other, locked into an irreversible symmetry by the line that was to set us free – our looking-glass border.Combine this with the opening quote from Proust, where anyone who is unaware of the 'Saturday' becomes 'barbarians' and we can see how history (& geography) are nothing but silly private jokes that we play on each other. (in fact it was stumbling across the passage in Proust that made me turn to this half-formed review among my notes.)The Grand IllusionistsBut Tha’mma, how can you teach me grammar - you don’t even know the difference between coming and going!The illusions that we conjure out of these shadows, made of boundaries which evidently are, but where there could be none. Lines circumscribing a ‘present, a ‘past and ‘future’, a ‘home’, a ‘abroad’, a country, a family, a property, even an identity - none solid - all melting when not paid attention to. Lacking a centre, we float on our emotions —— The Shadow lines present only when a light is shone somewhere near by - but disappearing in darkness and in light - if paid attention to or if ignored - appearing only at the sideways glance. Such strange places do we inhabit in our personal stories, the ones told to ourselves.It is only apt that one of the sideways glanced characters in the book is called MayaDevi (Goddess of Illusion), and she is in fact the main actor - the dancing shadow line - disappearing if forgotten or if paid attention to - possible (/living) only on the sidelines but impossible to live without.
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