The Newsletter 51 Summer 2009

The hungry tide. Bengali Hindu refugees in the Subcontinent

Rituparna Roy

Partition is a recurring theme in Indian Writing in English. Much of the literature focuses on the experiences of Partition on the Punjab border. Amitav Ghosh stands out in his choice to write about the aftermath of Partition on the Bengal border, and his novels demonstrate a continuing engagement with the motif of migration and refugee resettlement in West Bengal. Rituparna Roy takes Ghosh’s 2004 novel The Hungry Tide and examines how it traces the trajectory of Bengali Hindu refugees in the subcontinent.