Friction between Humans and Natural World in Indira Goswami’s The Moth-Eaten Howdah of the Tusker


  • Dr. M. Nivedita


In this study, an ecocritical examination of Indira Goswami's 2004 novel The Moth-Eaten Howdah of the Tusker will be attempted. The novel's central theme is the ever-increasing friction between humans and the natural world. The narrative serves as a primer for comprehending the presence and absence of ecology in our lives as existed in Assamese culture. Indranath, the future "Gossain" of the "sattra," exemplifies the modern society's issue over environmentalism, which is illustrated through a number of scenarios and personalities. The paper will also address additional pertinent ecological issues, such as illegal commerce and smuggling, development, "Othering," power politics, eco-ethics, land and labour, and nonhuman animals, to name just a few.