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Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

Amitav Ghosh, the most widely known Indian novelist writing in English, has been made the first scholar-in-residence at Independent University, Bangladesh in recognition of his eminence in modern English literature, particularly South Asian English literature, said a press release.

IUB, which has opened Bachelor's degree in English literature from Spring this year, will include his novel, The Shadow Lines, in its syllabus.

Amitav, who did his Ph.D in anthropology and bases his novels on his research on forgotten and marginal peoples, talked on the life and language of 'lascars' of the Indian Ocean, who used to brave the turbulent seas in ships of the 19th century, titled 'Of Fanaas and Forecastles: The Indian Ocean and a lost Language of the Age of Sails' at IUB.

Amitav, a scholar in excellence, taught in many universities in India and the United States, including Delhi University, Columbia University, Queens College, New York and Harvard University. His novels include The Circle of Reason, The Shadow Lines, In an Antique Land, The Calcutta Chromosome, The Glass Palace and The Hungry Tide.

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