Sea of Poppies is a 2008 novel written by the Indian novelist Amitav Ghosh. The story is set right before the First Opium War, next to the Ganges River. It is commonly mentioned throughout the novel how similar the Ganges River is the Nile River, comparing to the Ancient Egyptian civilization itself as well. In the book, characters are portrayed as poppy seeds, each one being uncertain about the future, and all of them coming together to form a Sea of Poppies.
Amitav Ghosh has written quite a few books in his lifetime, and Sea of Poppies is one of his most famous ones. Born in July 1956, Ghosh was raised in the Indian city of Calcutta. He now lives with his wife, Deborah Baker, in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. Many notable Indian writing prizes have been passed his way, such as the Sahitya Akademi Award, Ananda Puraskar, Dan David Prize, and the Padma Shri. Sea of Poppies was his 6th fictional novel.