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Book Reviews: Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh. Raja Huilgol. Transnational Literature Volume 1 No 2 May . Amitav Ghosh has crafted a novel that is by turns witty and provocative, while delivering a magnificent historical adventure. An intricate saga, Sea of Poppies. PDF | Amitav Ghosh's novel Sea of Poppies is a description of colonialism and its effect on the environment. The novel deals with the cultivation.

Sreelatha, M. English , M. In a colonial backdrop, Ghosh draws attention to the historical consequences of imperialism leading to migration and displacement of people. By using the tools of deconstruction, this paper will focus on how the characters try to escape their names, caste, race, bodies, and places of origin while reconstructing identity.

Cut off from the older personal, familial and national ties these migrants forge new identity and adopt the Ibis as new cultural community. Introduction The question of identity has become a very broad and influential concept in the postmodern era wherein an individual must search for new methods of representation to challenge the global conditions and ever-increasing cultural multiplicity.

The concept of identity has proven to be remarkably fluid and changeable, acquiring its own meaning in various disciplines in ways that best suit their intentions and priorities. The traditional and highly valued frames of reference in terms of which individuals can define themselves and their place in society have been blown out.

In other words, the postmodern era challenges long established ideologies and values related to individual and family. Language in India www.

The inevitable influence of the media, especially the internet, social networking and mobile phone opened new channels to allow for the flows of information and people to transcend borders resulting in greater exchange. In this respect, the spaces they inhabit are not fixed and homogenous but heterogeneous and malleable. Consequently, individuals are assigned to re- construct their image and adopt multiple identities while altering existing ones. Amitav Ghosh as a Postmodern Writer Amitav Ghosh has emerged as one of the prominent writers of Indian postmodern literature.

The important traits of postmodern fiction such as fluid identity, migration, plurality, hybridity, multiculturalism, blending of fact and fiction, human insecurities and questioning nature appear as major themes and narrative strategies in his works.

As a history graduate and trained anthropologist, Ghosh finds connection between past and present by reinterpreting the historical events with a creative insight that allows weaving a magical plot. Through this novel Ghosh tries to show that western reason proves to be inadequate and he celebrates the triumph of human goodness.

It is a search for a transforming vision-more than a simple quest for identity- as the protagonist moves from Lalpukur in India to al-Ghazira in Egypt to the little town of El-Qued in the north- eastern edge of Algerian Sahara.

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One of the major concerns of the novel The Shadow Lines is search for self-knowledge and self-identity. It also deals with the concerns of our period, the need for independence, the difficult relationship with colonial culture and the legacies of partition in the subcontinent.

And The Calcutta Chromosome is an attempt to deconstruct and dismantle Western sense of superiority by Indian irrationality. The latest novels in the Ibis Trilogy- Sea of Poppies and River of Smoke trace the lives of the main characters who reconstruct their identities to cope with the colonial and socio-cultural situations.

As a postmodern writer, Ghosh celebrates in his writings the fluid condition of entity along with other elements of postmodern fiction such as migration, plurality, multiculturalism, skepticism and the disappearance of boundaries. Belonging to different strata of society, these characters rebel against the callous and constrictive colonial setup and chart out their own course of action to carve out a unique identity out of the straining circumstances.

But it is an identity in flux since all of them are ever on the go towards self formation and reconstruction. While travelling in the Ibis, the characters try to reconstruct their identities, influenced by power hierarchies and the world that surrounds them as well as their own feelings, beliefs, memories, or imaginations.

All of these elements act upon continuously to shape identity of an individual. The identity transformation of the main characters in the novel takes place on the ship Ibis. Deeti becomes Aditi, Kalua becomes Maddow Colver to hide their real identity or perhaps they want to live a new life with a true and respectful identity.

Mr Zachary Reid, runs away from the American racial discrimination. Raja Neel Rattan Haldar becomes Neel and transported as a convict for the offence he has not made. All these individuals forge a new identity for themselves, and the colonial setup acts as a catalyst for their transformations. Neither is it its own origin. It is closer to the fluid and changing discursive construction in the post modern sense. Colonial upheaval interrupts the contours of the roles assumed by the persons in the social context.

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This prohibition was in part due to the inevitable compromises to observances of ritual purity and caste-based commensality regulations while shipboard. Thus, people who ventured across the water returned to face ostracism, loss of caste standing, and its attendant social status.

This was particularly so for those from a higher caste standing, and for those removed from coastal communities. This taboo was well-known to the British, as reflected in the account of Major J. McNair, the comptroller of Indian convicts in the Straits Settlements.

He could never be received in intercourse again with his own people, and so strong are the caste ideas of ceremonial uncleanness that it would be a defilement to his friends and relations even to offer him sustenance of any kind, and he was in point of fact excommunicated and avoided 9.

Social and religious taboos aside, the dreadful unknown of the kalapani coupled with the elaborate measures taken to prevent indentured labourers from escape created fertile grounds for fantastical concoctions of the fate awaiting those who came to be indentured. Often these rumours were started by the spectators and camp- followers who lurked perpetually outside the fence—vendors, vagrants, urchins, and others in whom the sight of the girmitiyas inflamed an inexhaustible curiosity: they would stand around for hours, watching, pointing, staring, as if at animals in a cage Ghosh In Sea of Poppies, the connection between Imperial policy and food scarcity is made plain, as Ghosh paints a vivid picture of the fecund Gangetic plain consumed by mass opium cultivation: The town was thronged with hundreds of…impoverished transients…willing to sweat themselves half to death for a few handfuls of rice.

Many of these people had been driven from their villages by the flood of flowers that had washed over the countryside: lands that had once provided sustenance were now swamped by the rising tide of poppies; food was so hard to come by that people were glad to lick the leaves in which offerings were made at temples or sip the starchy water from a pot in which rice had been boiled Ghosh Recommissioned for the project of indenture, the Ibis in Sea of Poppies serves to bring together an 9 assortment of people from the metif second mate, Zachary Reid, to a Chinese opium addict, Ah Fatt.

However, for the first experiential account of indenture aboard the Ibis, Ghosh chooses the character of Deeti, a high-caste North Indian peasant woman who has joined the crew of the Ibis to escape death at the hands of her in-laws. Here a lacuna exists in scholarly literature that can in part be explained by the fact that women formed only a small fraction of the indentured, especially prior to the late s when the colonial office fixed the ratio of female to male indentured emigrants at Lal The metaphor is significant, for it neatly underscores the notion of exile that is at the core of the diasporic condition.

This practice forms a pervasive trope of separation for parents of daughters throughout South Asia.

As a North Indian peasant, Deeti is deeply unsettled by the vision of the ocean-going ship as she lacks any reference points to seafaring or of travel beyond the subcontinent.

For Deeti, an apparition of a ship could only be associated with dread and the unknown; yet at the same time, this vision thrills her with its suggestion of change and transformation. As Sea of Poppies is the first installment in a projected trilogy centered around the Ibis, it remains to be seen how Ghosh will continue to develop the character of Deeti, and his representation of the voices and experience of women within the context of indenture.

Maintaining a Sense of Self in the Context of Indenture How did the girmitiyas negotiate the loss of usual social norms with the unprecedented modes of interaction forced upon them by the environment of the Ibis?

Lacking the usual community, space, and facilities of everyday life, the girmitiyas struggled to reproduce fragments of what was formerly meaningful in the context of home.

In spite of the challenges to kindling a fire in the crowded hold of a wooden ship, this detail is portrayed as a ceremonial necessity, as a betrothed couple must circumambulate fire according to Hindu custom Ghosh Through these pragmatic resolutions, new forms of social congress and new modes of selfhood inevitably developed for people facing unprecedented situations and challenges linked to their diasporic experiences.

No matter how hard the times at home may have been, in the ashes of every past there were a few cinders of memory that glowed with warmth—and now, those embers of recollection took on a new life, in the light of which their presence here, in the belly of a ship that was about to be cast in the abyss… Ghosh For the girmitiyas, this reminiscence functions as an emotional reprieve from the debilitating conditions, helplessness, and uncertain future they face.

This condition is captured exquisitely by V.

Sea of Poppies Amitav Ghosh

Naipaul in A House for Mr. Biswas: In the arcade of Hanuman House…there was already the evening assembly of old men…pulling at clay cheelums that glowed red and smelt of ganja and burnt sacking…. They could not speak English and were not interested in the land where they lived; it was a place where they had come for a short time and stayed longer than they expected. They continually talked of going back to India, but when the opportunity came, many refused, afraid of the unknown, afraid to leave the familiar temporariness Naipaul This norm is based on a new notion of temporary community not based on blood ties but on meritorious activities, such as pilgrimage, or extra-familial communities, such as those who self-identify with a pedagogical lineage.

Historians have long acknowledged the crucial impact of the ship journey on identity formation amongst the girmitiyas.Sea of Poppies. Burnham and pressure to marry his friend, the stern, elderly Justice Kendalbushe.

A double-masted houseboat of capacious dimensions, the budgerow's hull was painted blue and grey, to match the Raskhali estate's livery, and the family's emblem — the stylized head of a tiger — was emblazoned on its prow and its sail. No, sabbi. He could never be received in intercourse again with his own people, and so strong are the caste ideas of ceremonial uncleanness that it would be a defilement to his friends and relations even to offer him sustenance of any kind, and he was in point of fact excommunicated and avoided 9.

This is not acceptable to the high caste villagers. We have to find Kalua and his ox-cart, Deeti said.

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