Like Ghosh's other novels, The Calcutta Chromosome is merging different genres-science, history, magic, realism, thriller, detective and ghost story. This novel also stresses more on science; it is, indeed, a science fiction. On the surface of the narrative, it indulges in the historical discovery of Roland Ross's record of his experimentations in Calcutta. Ross acquired the Nobel-Prize for his discovery of the life-cycle of malaria.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Calcutta Chromosome by Amitav Ghosh. From Victorian lndia to near-future New York, The Calcutta Chromosome takes readers on a wondrous journey through time as a computer programmer trapped in a mind-numbing job hits upon a curious item that will forever change his life.

When Antar discovers the battered I. Murugan, a man obsessed with the medical history of malaria, and into a magnificently complex world where conspiracy hangs in the air like mosquitoes on a summer night. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published January 23rd by Harper Perennial first published More Details Original Title. Arthur C. Clarke Award for Best Novel Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about The Calcutta Chromosome , please sign up. I was brought up in South kolkata, never heard of Bansdroni film society, does it exist? Khalid Mahbub Nice comment Mr.

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How can one write such crap and get to be a famous writer? Sougata Ray I suggest you stay on it. Not too bad, alternate history part was pretty good.

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The Calcutta Chromosome is a novel that breaks boundaries between what is real and what is not real. View all 3 comments. Feb 10, Riku Sayuj rated it really liked it Shelves: indian-fiction , r-r-rs. What was that Mr. An attempt at a new genre?

A bold stroke at creating a uniquely Indian view on science and how it would have been if science research was driven by mystics and cults? A spi-sci-fi book? The explanation that this is found only in the brain cells?

It could have been so much better. However, because Ghosh keeps all the science strictly to the unreliable Murugan, it seems acceptable or at least pardonable - even when it is utter nonsense, we can take it as a man's eccentricities and carry on in the ride he has created for himself. If the narrator had not climbed aboard the same train for the ride, not to mention adding the unnecessary ghost train or did I miss its significance all together?

The book under-delivered on literary merit but over-delivered on pure fun and that works, sometimes. View all 9 comments. I kept on making out some sense of the book until I was hugely put off by the ghost train. At the end, I really wanted to bang my head against the book. Who knows where I might have "discovered" myself after that.

View all 5 comments. Jan 21, Preeta rated it really liked it. Just completing the book, my mind is left swirling with unanswered questions but an implicit sense of understanding that there is something beneath this story about malaria and the scientist Ross across the past, present, and future.

Strikingly, the known facts about Ross are presented in a new light - making it a mystery about his discovery - it made me think how all flashes of brilliance are mysterious, like how Archimedes said "eureka!

But then, I realized that Ghosh must be alluding to the fact that what seems like a conspiracy is really fate bearing down on us - the Gods have their own designs.

We just follow the light or choose not to and end up still "following" the metaphorical light, inadvertantly. Goddess Mangaladevi Mrs. Lutchman, Laakan, Lucky seems to be the god Lakshmana, the younger brother of Ram - who follows by Ram's side as a constant companian for fourteen years on his journey in exile. This could mean that the three men - Ronald, Morgan and Antar - then unwittingly playing the role of Ram.

However, understanding this book is like the "Calcutta Chromosome" itself - knowing it means changing it or mutating it. I think I will have to muse a bit more about the significance of Antar as the only boy who escaped the rare outbreak of malaria in Egypt who is the "one" they seek as their perfect discoverer for perfect discovery. View 2 comments. Sep 09, Arun Divakar rated it it was ok.

I am at a loss trying to write down what exactly I felt after reading this book. Was it the fact that none of the mysteries got resolved after the last page?

Was it the fact that contrary to my usual style of writing reviews I took a lot at other reviewers and find them creating interpretations for the web spun for this tale?

Such questions abound. I have no answer but a feeling superficial though of being led down a long winding corridor and finally coming face on with a wall. The premise I am at a loss trying to write down what exactly I felt after reading this book.

The premise is very alluring : the history of malarial research, ancient cults, a story line that weaves in and out of multiple time lines and a thick pall of atmospheric chills. It is part sci-fi, part detective fiction with a thin layer of horror smeared on.

On a personal note, I like the parts where the writer's imagination takes leaps and bounds and comes up with fantastic outcomes. This is accomplished partly by the historic parts in the novel with the mystical components of eastern India being utilized. The subtle usage of the secret societies of India that would later become a rage thanks to a specific Mr.

Brown is hard to miss too. Where it all felt as a let down is when the story nears its end. The ending was not convincing enough for me. And it did not feel too much justified to all the journeys I undertook with the characters. It's like you visit a new place and ask the natives for a wonderful sight to see. They ask you to walk a little further for a glorious lake. You walk and walk and see no sign of it. Apr 19, Shamim E. I think this is a book which has an excellent plot and the mystery is truly gripping.

I particularly enjoyed the section where author Phulboni experiences the apparition of Lakhan and the station master at the ghost rail station of Renupur.

The narrative was so realistic and rich that I almost found myself in the shoes of Phulboni. I think the computer tricks and overstated computing technology that is featured in this novel makes it slightly less credible, especially today when network computin I think this is a book which has an excellent plot and the mystery is truly gripping. I think the computer tricks and overstated computing technology that is featured in this novel makes it slightly less credible, especially today when network computing and data transfer has become very advanced and an everyday regular affair.

I think the character Antar could have been made more interesting and perhaps more active.


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Reviewed by Kritika Goyal. Set in an unspecified time in the future, this medical thriller takes the readers through a wondrous journey of time. The narrative is suffused with science, myth, nihilism, philosophy and superstition. The book is based on the life of the Nobel Prize winning scientist, Sir Ronald Ross, who did a breakthrough research on malaria in


The Calcutta Chromosome

The net was buzzing with mosquitoes; he could see them dancing like motes, in the finger of light that bisected his bed. His whole body was aflame, covered with bites. He had been scratching himself furiously in his sleep; he could see blood on his fingernails, and on the sheets. In his native Calcutta, malaria is a malady as familiar as the common cold, albeit more sinister. Even today, this tropical invasion of red corpuscles claims 1 million to 2 million human lives every year. In the pre-penicillin era, dementia paralytica was sometimes treated by artificially induced malarial fever, in hopes that it might reverse the late syphilitic meltdown of the brain and other tissues. If the practice seems primitive in the s, remember that it earned its creator, Julius Wagner von Jauregg, a Nobel Prize in

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