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Amitav Ghosh and the 'fun bit of writing'

Published on Dec 8, 2012 5:00 PM
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Bestselling Indian author Amitav Ghosh says that his former journalism career has helped him to write fiction. -- ST PHOTO: SAM CHIN

Bestselling Indian author Amitav Ghosh says that his former journalism career has helped him to write fiction.

The former journalist with The Indian Express newspaper says: "I am very grateful for it. It has taught me to listen more closely. "

Digging around in far-flung archives to unearth details that find their way into books, he feels, is still "the fun bit of writing".

To write The Ibis Trilogy, he spent a month on a sailing ship to find out what it feels like to be out at sea.

 
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