One of the most striking features of The Glass Palace (2000) by Amitav Ghosh is the theme of travel. The lengthy forays into travel in the novel are almost mind-boggling, serving in an intricate, if subtle way, to knit the novel in a kind of geographic certitude which makes up for the absence of any real meaning in the lives of its central characters. The constant motion of the novel displaces the characters, exposing them to the vagaries of circumstance and their aftermath which is often tragic as in the case of Saya John. In many ways the exilic returns home to reaffirm his/her roots although in a reified dimension, viz. Dolly finds her destiny in becoming a nun in a Buddhist monastery in Sagaing, Burma; Dinu returns to set up shop as a photographer in Burma.