Facts about the life of Amitav Ghosh

Boen on 11th July 1956 in Kolkata, Amitav Ghosh is one of the most famous Indian writers. He is the winner of the 54th Jnanpith award, best known for his work in English fiction. There is more to this internationally renowned author than his flair for spinning an engrossing tale and trademark hairstyle.

Check out facts about his life here:

  • When Amitav was just 17 he wrote an essay on Indian-origin words and sent it to Junior Statement in Kolkata. The article never got published, but the author was particularly fascinated with such words.

  • Ghosh enjoys reading Bengali literature, but will never write a book in Bengali. According to him, ” I am not trained in the language as I am in English.”

  • Amitav Ghosh is a man of rituals. He wrote 1600 pages of the trilogy (Sea of Poppies, River of Smoke, Flood of Fire) with a ‘special’ pen. The pen was given to him in the ’90s by an acquaintance.

  • His writing rituals start at 8 in the morning. He begins writing at 8:30 and goes on till 5:30 with a short lunch break. Ghosh doesn’t like writing at night.

  •  The author enjoys cooking and is very particular about the ingredients he uses. He mostly uses vegetables that he grows in his garden in Goa.

  • Gosh is not a fan of literary-festivals. “A frequently heard argument in favor of book festivals is that they provide a venue for writers to meet the reading public. Although appealing, this argument is based on a flawed premise in that it assumes that attendance is equivalent to approbation,” he shared in his blog post.

  • Ghosh and his wife like to give away books. Sometimes, they keep books on the steps of their New York house door for others to take.

  • Gosh has a collection of about 500 books. He also collects different editions of the Mahabharat.

  • Amitav Ghosh loves to watch Bollywood films from the 60s and 70s. Aradhana and Bobby are his favorite. He also enjoys watching Sci-Fi movies.

  • The award he cherishes the most is the Arthur C Clarke prize that he got for Calcutta Chromosome because he got to meet Arthur C Clarke himself.

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