The Hungry Tide

The Hungry Tide

Bhotbhoti Term Analysis

A large boat with a diesel engine. Horen's bhotbhoti, the Megha, has several cabins, multiple levels, and is powerful enough to tow Fokir's sixteen-foot rowboat.
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Bhotbhoti Term Timeline in The Hungry Tide

The timeline below shows where the term Bhotbhoti appears in The Hungry Tide. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 2: Negotiations
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...Moyna gasps and Fokir agrees to arrange for Horen to go with them with his bhotbhoti. Piya agrees. (full context)
Part 2: A Sunset
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...moment but are interrupted by Fokir down below. Kanai translates that Horen will bring the bhotbhoti tomorrow, and they can leave the day after. Piya excitedly rushes away to gather her... (full context)
Part 2: The Megha
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...Horen gestures to his grandson, Nogen, who will accompany them. Horen leads Piya to the bhotbhoti, which is called the Megha. Horen extols the boat's virtues and reliability. Piya is willing... (full context)
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...one in 50 years and doesn't want to, and she says that being on a bhotbhoti won't help—tigers regularly attack boats midstream and can swim eight miles nonstop. Kanai insists he... (full context)
Part 2: Besieged
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...Nirmal to go with them to Morichjhãpi to see if they can help. As their bhotbhoti gets close, they see smoke and patrol boats circling. They approach a neighboring island and... (full context)
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...the passengers into the water. Nirmal and the schoolmasters try to pull people onto their bhotbhoti, and one man tells Nirmal that Kusum and Fokir weren't on the boat. When the... (full context)
Part 2: Horizons
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...won't make it back to Lusibari. Kanai protests, but Horen says they'll go down with bhotbhoti if they stay. He motions to the island and says there's no shelter and it'll... (full context)
Part 2: Losses
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...of Lusibari and sends Kanai back upstairs to work out how he's getting off the bhotbhoti. Horen gives Kanai a plastic bag in which to put Nirmal's notebook and then explains... (full context)