2019 Literature power list

2019 Literature power list

Because he is the daring literary explorer of India’s uncharted and lost frontiers. One of the country’s most celebrated writers in English, Ghosh made history as the youngest and only Indian English writer to get the Jnanpith Award—India’s highest literary honour.

His Ibis trilogy which deals with the opium trade between colonial India, Britain and China is being adapted by Shekhar Kapur as a tele series.


The low-key Ghosh, along with Salman Rushdie and Jhumpa Lahiri, was one of 260 signatories of the PEN America statement requesting the Modi government to reverse its decision, revoking the Overseas Citizen of India status of writer Aatish Taseer, who had authored a lead story in Time magazine calling Modi ‘India’s divider in chief’.

Fifteen books down the line, his recent novel, Gun Island, which deals with climate change and human migration, landed in bookstores this year. Born in 1956 in Kolkata, Ghosh studied at Doon School in Dehradun with Ramachandra Guha, Vikram Seth and Karan Thapar for contemporaries. His work largely examines the diaspora, displacement and our complex relationship with identity. Though Ghosh writes in English, he constantly draws from the vast imaginative resources in Bengali literature. The Padma Shri winner is a powerful social media force in creating awareness that the Earth is hitting back at us very, very hard for man’s transgressions.

Lived in the servant quarters of a Defence Colony (Delhi) house

Guilty Pleasure
Gourmet cooking

Lit weapon
Wrote first two books on a small typewriter

The Sunderbans and Venetian lagoons

A Van Dyke beard

Apt description
“He is a sailor among novelists.” – Gopalkrishna Gandhi

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