Images Of Darkness in Shadow Lines The way Mayadebi treats her servants is darkly humorous. The she reacts when she sees a huge lizard in her lawn is also comical and dangerous at the same time. This is what Amitav Ghosh tries to do throughout the novel. Each scene can be viewed from two perspectives simultaneously.

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This can also describe India's history, can it not?  India always seems to be in a place of both expansion and poverty lately.  Although India has accomplished much in the way of outsourcing and technology, there are still many people living in poverty there.

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