Feb 7, 2010


BOOK REVIEW:Sea of Poppies Authored By:Amitav Ghosh
Sea of Poppies tells us the story, set in the 19th century, in the India ruled by the British people; and revolves around the people living in Bengal, whose lives are dependent on opium, in some way or the other. It starts with parallel stories of Deeti, who had a drug addicted husband; a zemindar, Raja Neel Rattan, whose zemindary is dependent on the opium trade to China; Paulette, who lives with her uncle, who in turn is involved in opium trading, Zachary who is to work with Paulette’s uncle for opium trading and then Jodu, Kalua and Babu whose lives are dependent on the above people. The story starts with no positivity, and all of the above people’s lives are affected by opium in unlikely ways. The story curves in a way, that it is destined for all of them to meet in a ship, sailing to Mareech, for transporting coolies to the said island. The author has been very descriptive in his writing, and it came as a surprise to me from an Indian author; but truly I feel that, in the process of producing a highly descriptive and literary piece, the track of story was lost in between, and it ended like a realistic pendulum with no mean position. In fact, author has taken help of omens and epiphanies to move on the story, which I felt sometimes illogical, and absurd at the other. The author has no doubt written very beautifully (that is why I finished it off),, but then there has to be a captivating and an interesting factor in the story ( that is why I think that, I took so much time). For the first time, this is my second book in a row, that I didn’t like. At the end, I would say that only the fans of Amitav Ghosh should pick this up.
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Feb 6, 2010


This post has been published by me as a part of the Blog-a-Ton 7; the seventh edition of the online marathon of Bloggers; where we decide and we write. To be part of the next edition, visit and start following Blog-a-Ton.
What if I get to live a day in the world, where people’s life would be driven by love and happiness.. a.k.a 'Smiling Planet'
Welcome to the Smiling Planet
I got up early in the morning, when the sun was also yawning on his bed, and was so angry to God that he turned red completely; but when he felt the freshness in the air, when he saw that the flowers were smiling, the yellow petals are sprouting, that the birds once again were determined to reach new heights, that all the mothers were looking with love at him, he also smiled, and thanked God for a new day.
Smiling rays of sun entered the homes of people as a signal that the new day has begun, that the birds are chirping sweetly, and that the blue sky is waiting to get himself painted with the love and happiness of the people.
I got up from my bed, went outside and closed my eyes to feel the freshness in the air, to listen to the silent sounds of nature, the hissing of leaves and the distant sounds of birds, to touch the warm rays of sun, to thank God for the beautiful day.
When I opened my eyes I saw that all the trees, birds, flowers are waiting for my smile; I smiled at them, and they return back the smile, and the day kicked in.
People started going to work to earn money for themselves and the family, keeping in mind their duty towards nature; and that the money is only the medium, and somewhere deep in their heart they know that, one has to smile with nature, have to be in harmony with the people around to live a happy and peaceful life.
I reached office on time, and found that my boss is giving a never-seen-before smile; that smile was enough for me to start the day’s work with new energy.
After the day at office, I again saw that the sun was completely red, and was once again angry to God that the day has come to an end, but then he glanced at the ever shining moon, and became satisfied that moon is there to take care of the people, who love him so much ,and take care of him.
I reached home, after the day’s work, and smiles of my dear once, gave me comfort from the tiresome work. I smiled back at them, and thanked GOD for the day at SMILING PLANET.
‘What If I get to live my complete life on Smiling Planet, far from the people, to whom life is a race, to earn money, and to come first.
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