Any good historical novel should teach the reader some history as well as sweeping him or her along with on unfolding narrative. Amitav Ghoshâ€™s novel River of Smoke has reminded us that globalization is not a discovery of our own times. He has taught us elsewhere, for instance, about links between the medieval merchants of the Nile and India and about the Burmese timber trade. This paper tries to unfold the reactions of globalization. There are more losses than gains. Nationhead is a porous and imaginary construct. Profit from commerce has gulped indigenous identities and the result is a medley of personas. Globalization results into sensitization of the new migrants and immigrants. This paper reads this humanizing effect of globalization on the world.
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