Exploration of Mystery in Amitav Ghosh’s The Calcutta Chromosome


  • Abdul Kalam R PG & Research Department of English, Jamal Mohamed College (Autonomous),Tiruchirappalli – 620020
  • Dr. A. Ajmal Khaan PG & Research Department of English, Jamal Mohamed College (Autonomous),Tiruchirappalli – 620020


Malaria, Discovery, Facts, Investigation, Mystery


This research investigates the intricate interplay of mystery within Ghosh’s novel, The Calcutta Chromosome, analysing its narrative depth, character development, and thematic resonance. Rooted in the etymology of the term “mystery” from ancient Greek to Latin, the paper delves into Ghosh’s adept blending of historical events, cultural complexities, and speculative fiction elements. The study navigates through the Indian literary landscape in English, tracing its evolution from the colonial era to the contemporary period, highlighting pivotal contributions from renowned authors. Focusing on The Calcutta Chromosome, published in 1995, the research uncovers layers of mystery woven into the disappearance of Murugan and the exploration of Sir Ronald Ross’s discovery of malaria transmission. Through the analysis of characters, settings, and narrative techniques, the paper reveals the novel’s thematic richness and its seamless integration of mystery as a narrative device. From the enigmatic character Laakhan to the haunting allure of Phulboni’s past, Ghosh constructs a web of intrigue that captivates readers and invites them into a world where history, science, and imagination converge. This abstract offers a glimpse into the meticulous examination of mystery within Ghosh’s masterful narrative tapestry, shedding light on its enduring narrative significance.


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