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'I am a novelist, not a historian'

June 23, 2008
Celebrated author Amitav Ghosh appeared on the Rediff Chat last week and interacted with his readers from all over.

Ghosh's latest book Sea of Poppies, a historical novel set around the opium wars of the 19th century, has been received with critical acclaim in the literary world.

The following is the transcript of the chat:

Maya asked, hi
AMITAV GHOSH answers,  at 2008-06-20 18:15:26Hi - nice to be here chatting with all of you.

Deepti asked, Your books are written in the form of an epic, spanning generations. What is the reason behind it?
AMITAV GHOSH answers, Several of my books are family stories - this is why they span generations.
Nitish asked, Hi Amitav ,whats so special abt this Sea of poppies is tht it gives us a fresh way of thinking bout this world......Amitav,thank u so much for tht and keep ur fabulous work forever
AMITAV GHOSH answers, Thank you very much for this Nitish. It is wonderful to have a response like this from a reader.
jibak asked, Please tell me how have you inspired to write this book i.e sea of popies. Please also in a nutshell about the theme of your writing. Thank you sir.
AMITAV GHOSH answers, I one of my books I wrote about the Indians who were taken to Burma as indentured workers. I found their history fascinating and wanted to explore it further. That is how this book started.
AMITAV GHOSH answers, I am writing the second part of the 'Ibis Trilogy' ('Sea of Poppies' is the first part).

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