I feel that we cannot brush over a chapter entitled “An Epiphany”…. When Piya talks about dolphins, I find that all I want to do is listen to her talk about dolphins. This short chapter made me love Piya even more. Her love for the sciences is so attached to her need to discover. And as an human with a strong inclination for anything but data and facts, I find myself really appreciating Piya’s perception of science (something I assume most science people have, I just really, really do not): “There was so much to do, so many queries to answeer, so many leads to follow: she would have to acquire a working knowledge of a whole range of subjects…” (105). Her epiphany allows her to realize that while her work may be insignificant, that is what makes it worthwhile. It is in this insignificance that she finds significance, because it matters to her and “she would not need to apologize for how she had spend her time on this earth” (106). The wording “not need to apologize” fascinates me…. She is grappling with her own contribution to science, to history, to time, and has come to the understanding that even though she doesn’t matter, it still matters to her. Don’t know if this makes sense, but Piya hits close to my heart in this chapter.


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  • November 15, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    Things Matter to People. Weird.

    I just think it’s so beautiful that everyone (or at least, every self-aware person) has a Thing that they care about. Piya’s is discovery. I think Ghosh writes beautifully about what we all already know–that feeling of knowledge and ownership of something that is, in the long run, not significant to humanity or society, but that is nonetheless extremely Important to us.

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