Amitav Ghosh launches book ‘River Of Smoke’ in Kolkata bookstore

Kolkata, June 22 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS): Popular Indian novelist Amitav Ghosh says he hardly pays time to read critical writings on his literary works.

He interacted with his fans on his recently launched book ‘River of Smoke’ at the South City Starmark bookstore here Monday evening.

“I write my books to see that they are read.I have made a rule not to read the critical works around me. That is why I am not a critic or an historian. I enjoy people living on certain time. How they eat and live,” Ghosh said.

He said to his fans that though he had studied anthropology, it was fiction writing in which he had found immense interest.

“I studied anthropology, but I never felt I wanted to do anything on it. In fact it was writing fiction that was all I wanted to do,” he said.

Ghosh said that the literary characters he have created in his novels have popped into his mind suddenly.

“The characters in the most unexpected circumstances popped into your head. It is that part of the head that produces fiction and theories come up from another part of the brain,” he said.

“For writing fiction I feel one need to day dream. It’s actually from that point from where my works come from,” Ghosh said.

“I will say my children going to college not to day dream. But secretly I will say them to day dream,” Ghosh said.

One of the best selling Indian writers in English, Ghosh has composed several literary masterpieces like ‘The Hungry Tide’, ‘Sea of Poppies’ and ‘The Shadow Lines’ among others.

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(Reporting by Supriyo Hazra, Photos Avishek Mitra)

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