ISBN 9780143066552,The Calcutta ChromosomeA Novel of Fevers, Delirium and Discovery

The Calcutta ChromosomeA Novel of Fevers, Delirium and Discovery



Penguin India Publication

Publication Year 2009

ISBN 9780143066552

ISBN-10 0143066552


Language (English)


When L. Murugan requests to be transferred to Calcutta, he intends on studying the discoveries and the life of renowned scientist Sir Ronald Ross. However, the story takes an unexpected turn with the sudden disappearance of Murugan and a series of seemingly disconnected events. Sir Ronald Ross had made a series of path-breaking discoveries on malaria, which had eventually caused him to receive the Nobel Prize. These discoveries were made in Calcutta in the year 1898. A character named Antar is introduced at the start of the novel and this person recounts his meeting with L. Murugan. The sudden disappearance of Murugan is explained to some extent and bears a distinct connection with the mysterious Calcutta Chromosome. The Calcutta Chromosome is said to be an elixir that grants eternal life by the transference of chromosomes. The author also gives details about the discoveries made by Sir Ronald Ross but the timelines of all these events are disconnected to a great extent. The striking aspect of this novel is the fact that the settings and timelines rarely overlap and this tends to complicate the plot. The novel has earned a great degree of fame for the author.