The Shadow Lines is a book that features a nameless narrator, who tries to put together fragments of memories from his past. The book takes readers across three cities, Kolkata, London, and Dhaka, and covers seventy years of the narrator s life, as he recollects incidents involving his extended, as well as his immediate family.
He explains the instances from both his point of view and theirs. Amitav Ghosh introduces interesting characters in this book, like Tridib, who is the narrator s uncle, Ila, who is the narrator s attractive second cousin, and Nick, and May, who reside in London. Tha mma, the narrator s grandmother, plays a pivotal role in the book. The book won the Ananda Puraskar and Sahitya Akademi Award.