By Amitav Ghosh

It starts in a close to destiny long island urban, whilst Antar, a low-level programmer and knowledge analyst for a wide bureaucratic problem, comes upon the misplaced and battered I.D. card of a guy he as soon as knew--a guy who vanished and not using a hint a few the place within the teeming far more than Calcutta, India, numerous years ahead of. unusually pressured, Antar initiates a seek into the proof at the back of the disappearance of the enigmatic L. Murugan, and is unwittingly drawn right into a strange exchange historical past of scientific technological know-how.
Leaping backward in time, we subscribe to Murugan in Calcutta in 1995, as he follows the twisted threads of technological know-how, counter-science and formality again 100 years extra to the laboratory of Ronald Ross, the British scientist who came across how malaria is transmitted to people. passionate about the unusual, fortuitous coincidences that resulted in Ross' groundbreaking discovery, Murugan has stumbled upon facts of an very unlikely ongoing scan in managed future, safe via a robust unseen society that strikes the area in mystery and in silence.
Suddenly, each truth hitherto recognized can not be depended on, for every thing has been printed to be except it seems that. during this steamy, overcrowded urban of clashing cultures and hidden faces, L. Murugan has opened a Pandora's field that rigorously orchestrated dying and misdirection have lengthy stored close. And the fact that is published may have momentous con sequences--for Murugan, for Antar, for a afflicted lady journalist and a phenomenal Indian celebrity...for every body and every little thing human.

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There was little or no mention of experiencing God personally, which later in life I was to appreciate as being so important. However, while at school I was inspired by the palpable goodness of the Chaplain, John Miller, and comforted by the kindness he showed me. He allowed me to see him whenever I liked and helped me to wrestle with my confusion and self-doubt. But I don’t remember talking to him about experiencing God. We were told to accept the authority of the Church in chapel, and in the classroom we were told to accept the teacher as the absolute authority.

Lying in bed now, and trying unsuccessfully to ignore the fireworks and the bhajans, all my worries bubbled up in my mind, as they usually do when I can’t sleep. One of them was whether I would ever be able to write this book, which I had promised to my publishers. It was to be a book describing how nearly forty years of living in India had changed me and my outlook. I was worried that this would seem very arrogant, and one of the lessons I have learnt from India is to value humility. Others are to avoid thinking in black and white, to be suspicious of certainty, to search for the middle road and, in particular, to acknowledge that there are many ways to God.

Before the high conical tower under which Jagannath sits, there were two halls separated by courtyards with high walls, so I really couldn’t see much from my roof-top perch. However, I knew from reading that inside the courtyards and the halls there were lots of smaller shrines where pilgrims worshipped before going on to the ultimate darshan. A priest of another temple once told me that the gods in the minor shrines in temples were a little like secretaries and personal assistants sitting in the outer offices of government ministers: you had to gratify them before you could get admission to the great man.

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