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Sea of Poppies (Ibis Trilogy) – Amitav Ghosh

In this first part of his Ibis  trilogy Amitav Ghosh has tried to build up a story out of some records and accounts given in the archives about the transportation of coolies from Calcutta to the sugar estates of Mauritius.Lives of various people from different levels of society intermingle in this story.

There is Deeti an upper caste widow with her lover from lower caste ,a raja of Raskhali estates wrongly sentenced , a daughter of French botanist and other Indian peasants from the opium producing fields who by different circumstances and chances came together on a ship name Ibis .An Anthropologist has tried to weave a story from some facts and imagination.

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