Language and Culture Dominance on Stories


This is an interesting interview by with author Amitav Ghosh by ABC’s Michael Cathcart.  In the discussions, Ghosh talks about his life and his work, but he also points out a very important aspect of story-telling;  how a language or culture can dominate a story.

Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta, an Oxford graduate.; his life and work span countries and cultures.

In this program ABC (Australia) talked to Ghosh about what he has sensed in the ways in which people and cultures mix and adapt, especially with storytelling and his passion for telling the untold story. Often, in Amitav’s view, the colonial narratives are so often deaf to hearing particular voices.

ABC spoke to Ghosh about his novels The Hungry Tide (2004), and Sea of Poppies (2008) which are the first two absorbing instalments of the Ibis trilogy set in the port town and on the high seas between India and China.

On to Amitav’s audio interview with ABC: here, then click Audio


16 thoughts on “Language and Culture Dominance on Stories”

  1. Amitav Ghosh certainly interviews well. I’ve never read either of his most recent books but think I should add them to my ‘to read’ list. I’ve heard more about ‘Sea of Poppies’ than the earlier book, but I realise I should read them in order. I can only imagine that both are beautifully written.

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    1. Thank you Mille, I’m glad you enjoyed the post and the interview. I am trying to get some copies of his books. I have not read his books but I enjoyed reading about him, and this interview I thought was worth the share.

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      1. Did I let you know that I have access now? Thank you dear. I managed to post my poem for the day so now I can write some more today. I hope you are enjoying your week. It is a good one. 🙂


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