Tag Archives: Fellow Indian Booker winner Salman Rushdie

Essay: Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children- Chutney and Pickles by Ramlal Agarwal

In this literary essay, Ramlal Agarwal takes us through Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Childrena calling it a saga set in the backdrop of Partition traversing three generations of a liberal Kashmiri Muslim family which moves from Kashmir to Amritsar, to Agra, to Delhi, to Bombay and to Karachi.

Midway through Midnight’s Children, Rushdie, in an aside, wants to know from Padma, his muse, “Can any narrative stand so much so soon?” Padma was stunned by the query but Rushdie does not wait for her answer and plunges headlong into his narrative of so much so soon. He tells multiple stories in multiple styles and walks away triumphantly with the Booker Prize and the Booker of Bookers Prize. The novel received rave reviews. Malcolm Bradbury in The Modern British Novel observes,

“In several senses Midnight’s Children marked a new narrative start. The book turns on the moment of India’s post-imperial rebirth.”

Before Rushdie, the Indian novel in English was hamstrung by the hangover of colonial conscience. But, by the 1960s the colonial clouds cleared and a band of new writers emerged who had acquired extraordinary competence in the use of English language and the confidence to be independent. Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children set the trend. 

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From Houllebecq to Rushdie: the authors who took to the silver screen

Michel Houllebecq may be the first author to have a whole film built around him, but thespian turns by authors are by no means uncommon: The Guardian blog

Salman_RushdieArundhati Roy had a leading role as a young goatherd in the 80s Hindi film Massey Sahib, and played a stroppy student in the campus comedy In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones, which she scripted. Fellow Indian Booker winner Salman Rushdie, who popped up as himself along with Julian Barnes and Sebastian Faulks in Bridget Jones’s Diary, has since been a doctor in the Helen Hunt-directed Then She Found Me and appears as a “wake guest” (as do Jeffrey Eugenides and Debbie Harry) in the recently released River of Fundament, an arty adaptation of Mailer’s rambling Egyptian novel Ancient Evenings, promisingly described by the Hollywood Reporter as “a six-hour, excrement-filled mythological journey”.

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