The Hungry Tide

The Hungry Tide


Amitav Ghosh

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Henry Piddington is the man responsible for naming the cyclone storms that ravage the Sundarbans. He was a low-level official in the English government in British India and warned Lord Canning that it was foolish to build a port city on the Matla River, a location that while fairly far inland, still experiences flooding when cyclones strike. Piddington was called crazy when he staked his reputation on his assessment, but five years later, the city of Canning was swept away by floods.
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Part 1: Canning
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Kanai says that that was surely a reference to Nirmal's favorite story about Henry Piddington and the port of Canning, but Nilima cuts him off; she insists it's too hard... (full context)
Part 2: A Post Office on Sunday
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In Kolkata at the time, however, there was a shipping inspector named Henry Piddington . He'd fallen in love with storms while in the Caribbean, and he understood that... (full context)