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Magic Realism as the phrase suggests is not just about mere magic or dreamlike suggestions, content, or fine arts. It delves beyond the arena of fantasy. It observes and describes the banality of human existence via magical lenses. It has been portrayed time and again in literature and paintings and several contemporary writers such as Ben Okri, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Haruki Murakami, and Salman Rushdie write along the lines of magic realism. The beauty of it lies in fi...
Post by: Kabita Sonowal
    The threat of a ban, the artist’s dissent, self-expression, it was all there, in between the uttered words, at the inaugural session of the Jaipur Literature Festival 2012. The session was aptly called, Bhakti Poetry: The Living Legacy.   After an introduction and welcome by Festival Producer Sanjoy Roy; poet, literary critic, academician and activist Purushottam Agarwal spoke on bhakti poetry over the ages. He talked about the element of G...
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    “Uncle, there’s no such thing as the Third World. There are only two worlds, and both of them exist everywhere. In one live those who create injustice, and all the rest, the ones who have to put up with injustice, live in the other.”   -    Uday Prakash, The Walls of Delhi   Uday Prakash’s gut-wrenching, stark and stoical book titled The Walls of Delhi will be discussed on January 25, at the JLF. It ...
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In many ways, the British Indian writer Salman Rushdie is the example of a modern writer, his language affected by the global mish-mash that the English language has become. But we as readers are not complaining, it is a delightful mix that Rushdie’s writing flows with, among other sub-layers.   The 1947-born Rushdie’s first book was the part science-fiction novel Grimus (1975).The book didn’t make much of an impact, but Rushdie stormed into th...
Post by: Snehith Kumbla
    Much has been said and written about the Author’s diminishing popularity in the face of television, the Internet, cinema and now the cell phone. A distinguished writer whose life has been marred with death threats and living in hiding, Salman Rushdie's prominent works have provided a new definition to the way novels can be written and should be written.   Rushdie's first novel Grimus came out in 1975, but didn't meet with much success. In 198...
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