The Hungry Tide

The Hungry Tide

In the Sundarbans, a mohona is where several waterways that divide the islands meet. They can be quite small during low tide, but can appear never-ending at high tide.

Mohona Quotes in The Hungry Tide

The The Hungry Tide quotes below are all either spoken by Mohona or refer to Mohona. 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 2: Habits Quotes

The sight was almost unbearable for me at the moment; I felt myself torn between my wife and the woman who had become the muse I'd never had; between the quiet persistence of everyday change and the heady excitement of revolution—between prose and poetry.

Most haunting of all, was I overreaching myself even in conceiving of these confusions? What had I ever done to earn the right to address such questions?

Related Characters: Nirmal Bose (speaker), Nilima Bose, Kusum
Page Number: 180
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Mohona Term Timeline in The Hungry Tide

The timeline below shows where the term Mohona appears in The Hungry Tide. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1: The Tide Country
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...them range from tiny creeks to miles-wide rivers. Where multiple rivers meet, it's called a mohona. Salt and fresh water mingle, and the tides create new islands and destroy others overnight.... (full context)
Part 1: Lusibari
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...at the village and the rivers surrounding it. Five waterways join to form an immense mohona on one side. The Trust boat docked at a mud spit on one end of... (full context)
Part 2: Storms
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...Fokir with Nirmal and then leaves. Nirmal takes the wide-eyed Fokir out, points to the mohona, and asks what Fokir sees. He says he sees the bãdh. Nirmal promises Fokir a... (full context)
Part 2: Habits
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...idea of writing a book about the tide country but spends days staring at the mohona. He notices that there's not nearly as much wildlife as there used to be, and... (full context)
Part 2: Transformation
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...Horen's boat with clay figurines of Bon Bibi and Shah Jongoli. As they cross a mohona, Horen and Kusum act as though they're entering a temple. Kusum explains that they crossed... (full context)
Part 2: Memory
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...influences in the area. Nirmal thinks that the tide country's faith system is like a mohona, as it joins many different people and beliefs. Nirmal gives the book to Fokir and... (full context)
Part 2: Losses
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...notices that the water almost glows as they approach Lusibari. As they enter the huge mohona near Lusibari, Horen sends Kanai downstairs to the engine room to bail out water with... (full context)