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The Ghosts of Mrs Gandhi

Amitav Ghosh

Amitav Ghosh, historian, journalist and anthropologist, was born in Kolkata in 1956. He grew up in East Pakistan (Bangladesh), Sri Lanka, Iran and India. He studied in St Stephen’s College, Delhi, and was awarded a D. Phil. in Social Anthropology from Oxford University in 1982. Winner of the Prix Medici Estranger, the Sahitya Akademi Award and other prizes, he has taught in several universities and currently lives in New York. His novels and travelogues include The Circle of Reason (1986), In an Antique Land (1992), The Shadow Lines (1988), The Glass Palace (2000), Dancing in Cambodia, At Large in Burma (1998), and The Hungry Tide (2004). Of his novels he says ‘My fiction has always been about communities ...

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