Friday, December 14, 2018

Amitav Ghosh Jnanpith awardee of 2018

Noted writer Amitav Ghosh has won the 54th Jnanpith award this year for his contributions to literature. He is famously known for his English fiction novels.

Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta on 11 July 1956 to a Bengali Hindu family, The Doon School Weekly. His contemporaries at Doon included author Vikram Seth and Ram Guha. After Doon, he received degrees from St. Stephen's College, Delhi University, and Delhi School of Economics. He then won the Inlaks Foundation scholarship to complete a D. Phil. in social anthropology at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, under the supervision of Peter Lienhardt. His first job was at the Indian Express newspaper in New Delhi.

Ghosh lives in New York with his wife, Deborah Baker, author of the Laura Riding biography In Extremis: The Life of Laura Riding (1993) and a senior editor at Little, Brown, and Company. They have two children, Lila and Nayan. He has been a fellow at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta and Centre for Development Studies in Trivandrum. In 1999, Ghosh joined the faculty at Queens College, City University of New York, as Distinguished Professor in Comparative literature. He has also been a visiting professor at the English department of Harvard University since 2005.

In a career studded with prizes, he has also won the Sahitya Akademi Award, the Padma Shri, Ananda Puraskar and Dan David Prize.
Ghosh will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Times Litfest on December 16.

Few of the notable works of the renowned English fiction novelist are 'The Glass Palace', 'Sea of Poppies', The Hungry Tide, Flood of Fire and 'River of Smoke'.

Amitav Ghosh has also written few non-fiction novels like 'The Imam and the Indian', 'The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable' and 'In an Antique Land'.

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