The Hungry Tide

The Hungry Tide


Amitav Ghosh

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Piya's Father Character Analysis

Piya describes her father as the perfect immigrant: he did his best to leave his memories of India and Indian customs behind after he and Piya's mother moved to Seattle when Piya was a baby. The one Indian thing he held onto was his gamchha, a cotton cleaning cloth. Piya's parents had a strained relationship and forced her to carry messages between them.

Piya's Father Quotes in The Hungry Tide

The The Hungry Tide quotes below are all either spoken by Piya's Father or refer to Piya's Father. 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: Words Quotes

How do you lose a word? Does it vanish into your memory like an old toy in a chest, and lie hidden in the cobwebs and dust, waiting to be cleaned out or rediscovered?

Related Characters: Piya Roy, Fokir, Piya's Father
Related Symbols: Gamchhas
Page Number: 78
Explanation and Analysis:
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Piya's Father Character Timeline in The Hungry Tide

The timeline below shows where the character Piya's Father appears in The Hungry Tide. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1: At Anchor
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...after her. Finally she remembers why the cloth (later revealed as a gamchha) looks familiar: Piya’s father had one, and it was the only thing from India he really held onto. She... (full context)
Part 1: Words
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...After five years, Piya's mother decided it was too much to share a room with Piya's father and moved into Piya's bedroom. She was diagnosed with cervical cancer not long after. Piya... (full context)
Part 2: Intermediaries
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...Nilima greets her in Bengali and then apologizes. Piya explains why she never learned Bengali: Piya's father believed Indians don't travel well because they remain fixated on home, so he always spoke... (full context)