Book Review: The Calcutta Chromosome by Amitav Ghosh

I had heard of Amitav Ghosh because of his books “Sea of Poppies” and “The Glass Palace”. These are probably his more popular books. But “The Calcutta Chromosome” is the first book that I have read and I am glad that I read it. The book speaks for itself. You can expect nothing less from a Jnanpith award winner. The Calcutta Chromosome itself won the Arthur C Clarke award in 1997. I cannot recommend it enough.

Word: Consummate

Imagine an expert consumer who is highly skilled at shopping and getting good deals. A consummate consumer! You can also remember the root words to remember. Both “consummate” and “summit” have the root word “summus” that is Latin for “summit” – the highest point. Imagine a consummate climber who has reached the summit of Mount Everest!

Word: Gainsay

“Gainsay” is a tricky word to remember. Just think about some one who has made huge gains in a business. But when others ask her whether she actually made those gains, she denies flatly! Remember thus!

Word: Gaffe

The pronunciation of the word “Gaffe” is “Gaf’”, which should rhymes in a way (not entirely though) with the word “Cough” (pronounced as “Kawf”). Imagine yourself constantly coughing while an important event is underway. It could be pretty embarrassing, can’t it? Remember thus!