Amitav Ghosh


As a child I spent my holidays in my grandfather's house in Calcutta and it was there that 1 began to read. My grandfather's house was a chaotic and noisy place, populated by a large number of uncles, aunts, cousins and dependants, some of them bizarre, some merely eccentric, but almost all excitable in the extreme. Yet I learnt much more about reading in this house than I ever did at school.



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