Birthday Special: Amitav Ghosh Is A Versatile Writer, Has Got These high Honors
Birthday Special: Amitav Ghosh Is A Versatile Writer, Has Got These high Honors

Indian English writer Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta in 1956 for his tremendous writing style. Amitav Ghosh's father was a lieutenant-colonel in the army, which forced him to travel to different parts of the world. Thus Amitav Ghosh grew up in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Iran, Egypt, India and the United Kingdom and received education from there. Amitav had his elementary education from Doon School, Dehradun and later joined the University for Higher Education. Amitav Ghosh completed his undergraduate studies in history from St. Stephen's College, Delhi. Amitav then graduated from Delhi University in sociology. After completing his Masters of Arts degree (M.A.), Amitav received a diploma in Arabic from the Institute Borguiba Country Language Vivanants Tunis, Tunisia. Then Amitav Ghosh went to Oxford University, where he received a diploma in social humanities and a doctorate in the same subject in 1982.

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Amitav Ghosh is a versatile writer and has received several literary awards for his novels. Amitav Ghosh's first novel, 'The Circle of Region', has won one of France's top literary awards, the Prix Medicine Avenger Award. Amitav Ghosh's second novel ,The Shadow Lines won India's most prestigious award, Sahitya Akademi Award, in 1990. He was awarded the Ananda Award in Calcutta for the same book. Amitav Ghosh's book 'Kalkata Chromosome' received the Arthur C.Clark Award in 1997. Amitav Ghosh's novel 'Glass Palace' won the grand award at the Frankfurt International e-book Award in 2001. Amitav Ghosh achieved another achievement when he won the 'Puskart Prize' in 1999 for an essay published in Canyon Review.

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Apart from his Kalakati novel, Amitav Ghosh has also done unimagined writing. Amitav Ghosh's major unimagined writings include a book on India's nuclear policy, 'Count Down', 'Imam and the Indian', essay collection on various subjects such as history of novels, Egypt Culture and Literature and Dancing in Cambodia and at Large in Burma. Amitav Ghosh has been awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India. Amitav Ghosh is currently living in New York with his wife Deborah Baeker, an extremist writer. He is employed as a senior editor of The Life of Laura Riding and Little Brown & Co. Amitav Ghosh joined the Queens College of City University of New York as a distinguished professor of comparative literature department. Since 1995, Amitav Ghosh has been a visiting professor in the English department of Harvard University.

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