By Amitav Ghosh
From Victorian lndia to near-future big apple, The Calcutta Chromosome takes readers on a wondrous trip via time as a working laptop or computer programmer trapped in a mind-numbing activity hits upon a curious merchandise that may ceaselessly switch his existence. whilst Antar discovers the battered I.D. card of a long-lost acquaintance, he's by surprise drawn right into a spellbinding event throughout centuries and around the world, into the unusual lifetime of L. Murugan, a guy passionate about the scientific background of malaria, and right into a magnificently advanced international the place conspiracy hangs within the air like mosquitoes on a summer season evening.
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He stepped up to the gates and rattled the chains. To his surprise, they fell away from the gatepost: someone had forgotten to lock them. Murugan pushed the gate open and stepped in. It was dark but his keychain had a small flashlight attached. He took it out, switched it on and shone it ahead. The beam lit upon heaps of bricks and cement, lying in the driveway. There was a colonnaded portico at the apex of the curved drive, covered with a net of bamboo scaffolding. Murugan could see a doorway beyond, leading into the pitch-dark interior of the house.
Then the hands began to help her, awkwardly sweeping the earth together. Urmila raised her head and found herself looking at the man who had followed Sonali into the shop. He was staring at her – not angrily, but with a fixed, appraising gaze. Something about his look frightened Urmila and she dropped her eyes. The next thing she knew, Sonali's arms were around her, helping her up. 'Poor thing,' she was saying to Mrs Aratounian. ' Urmila got a terrific scolding on the way back to school, in the van.
Artificially induced malaria was the standard treatment for syphilitic paresis until the forties. ' 'But to come back to Ross,' said Antar. 'You say he didn't catch malaria until he was well into his work? ' 'It was the Zeitgeist,' said Murugan. 'Malaria was the cold fusion of his day; the Sunday papers were scrambling to get it on their covers. And it figures: malaria's probably the all time biggest killer among diseases. Next to the common cold it's just about the most prevalent disease on the planet.
The Calcutta Chromosome: A Novel of Fevers, Delirium & Discovery by Amitav Ghosh