The Hungry Tide

The Hungry Tide


Amitav Ghosh

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Mejda is the boat pilot who the forest guard insists that Piya hire. He initially piques her interest because he asks if the dolphins on her flashcards are birds, but soon proves dangerous and predatory—he regularly makes obscene gestures at Piya and refuses to listen to where she wants to go. He and the guard put up very little objection when Piya decides to leave with Fokir rather than return to Mejda's boat.

Mejda Quotes in The Hungry Tide

The The Hungry Tide quotes below are all either spoken by Mejda or refer to Mejda. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Mariner Books edition of The Hungry Tide published in 2006.
Part 1: The Launch Quotes

Piya was so startled that she looked at the picture again, with fresh eyes, wondering what he might be thinking of […] Like an optical illusion, the picture seemed to change shape as she looked at it; she had the feeling that she was looking at it through his eyes.

Related Characters: Piya Roy, Mejda
Page Number: 29
Explanation and Analysis:
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Mejda Character Timeline in The Hungry Tide

The timeline below shows where the character Mejda appears in The Hungry Tide. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1: The Launch
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...the guard becomes very brisk and self-important. He leads her to a man he calls Mejda, and translators explain that Mejda knows the waterways well. The cost for Mejda's boat is... (full context)
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...fishermen are able to figure out what Piya wants when confronted with the flashcard. However, Mejda's response is strange: in English, he asks if the creature is a bird. Perplexed, Piya... (full context)
Part 1: The Fall
Man vs. Nature Theme Icon, Piya spots a fishing boat. She's spent hours already standing in the front of Mejda's boat, surveying the water. She hasn’t spotted any dolphins, though she did notice a group... (full context)
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...boat and asks for a detour, she notices that the forest guard looks suddenly predatory. Mejda turns his boat towards the fishing boat, and Piya believes they aren't just going because... (full context)
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...boat and is taking money from the child (Tutul). After the guard climbs back to Mejda's boat and the engine starts, Piya surreptitiously pulls money out of her belt and tries... (full context)
Part 1: Snell's Window
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The Human Cost of Environmental Conservation Theme Icon more mud out of her mouth and throat. Piya notices the forest guard and Mejda on their boat, gesturing for her to hurry up and come back. Piya doesn't want... (full context)