The Hungry Tide

The Hungry Tide

by

Amitav Ghosh

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The high, mud and silt embankment that protects the island of Lusibari from the high tide. During cyclones, the bãdh also keeps the island from flooding too badly.

Bãdh Quotes in The Hungry Tide

The The Hungry Tide quotes below are all either spoken by Bãdh or refer to Bãdh. For each quote, you can also see the other terms 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 Trust Quotes

But these elements of an ordinary rural existence did not entirely conceal the fact that life in Lusibari was lived at the sufferance of a single feature of its topography. This was its bãdh, the tall embankment that encircled its perimeter, holding back the twice-daily flood.

Related Characters: Kanai Dutt, Nilima Bose
Page Number: 50
Explanation and Analysis:
Part 2: Storms Quotes

"My friend, not only could it happen again—it will happen again. A storm will come, the waters will rise, and the bãdh will succumb, in part or in whole. It is only a matter of time."

Related Characters: Nirmal Bose (speaker), Fokir
Page Number: 171
Explanation and Analysis:
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Bãdh Term Timeline in The Hungry Tide

The timeline below shows where the term Bãdh appears in The Hungry Tide. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1: Lusibari
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...and Nilima arrive in Lusibari, it's low tide. Kanai climbs to the top of the bãdh and looks down at the village and the rivers surrounding it. Five waterways join to... (full context)
Part 1: The Trust
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...for wildlife. Though Lusibari appears like any normal island, life there is dependent on the bãdh to protect it from the twice-daily floods. Nilima lives in a house owned by the... (full context)
Part 2: Storms
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...out, points to the mohona, and asks what Fokir sees. He says he sees the bãdh. Nirmal promises Fokir a story for every repair he can see in the embankment. He... (full context)
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He tells Fokir that before the bãdh was fully constructed, people lived in fear of the rising tide and the storms. He... (full context)
Part 2: Leaving Lusibari
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...a rickshaw, but are held up when the driver points to something happening at the bãdh. They go to inspect and find Fokir and Tutul on their boat, reeling in a... (full context)