Satya Bhabha plays the Bombay boy in Midnight’s Children, though he has never lived in India. What helped was one long chat with Salman Rushdie
In ‘Joseph Anton’, Salman Rushdie alleges that an early book review of ‘The Satanic Verses’ in India Today by the journalist Madhu Jain, “lit the fire”. He has not forgiven her for that. Here is Madhu Jain’s version of what transpired before the publication of what was in all probability the first book review of ‘The Satanic Verses’.
When Roy writes, ‘The youth, in preparation to an attack, marked each venue by reading from their prayer books in an act most of us are familiar with as a precursor to a holy war or fight’, he comes close to demonising a community.
Jaipur Literature Festival’s producer Sanjoy K Roy takes exception to a piece we ran on the litfest and Salman Rushdie affair
Cynical Congressmen and supine litfest organisers script a dangerous farce
‘Satanic Verses’ was banned 20 years ago. In all the navel-gazing contemporary Indian fiction, where’s the book that has the power to offend?