It was an unusually warm March night in Delhi. Sleep evaded me in my one-room home on the rooftop, which felt like a solar cooker. I reached out to my bookshelf for Jungle Nama, the latest book by Amitav Ghosh.

Ghosh is a well-known Indian author who writes in English and has earned the highest literary honour in India – the Jnanpith Award. In a career spanning nearly 35 years, he has written both fiction and non-fiction.

A short read, Jungle Nama is a verse adaptation of an episode from the popular folk legend of Bon Bibi, a guardian forest spirit in the Sundarban in West Bengal, India. ...


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