Salman Rushdie

Boabdil: The Unfortunate: El Zogoybi

Boabdil is a Spanish corruption of the name Abu Abduallah. He was the last king of Nasrid rulers of Granada. He was also called El Chico, meaning the little, or El Zogoybi, the unfortunate. Zogoybi is the name of the protagonist of the book “The Moors Last Sigh” written by Salman Rushdie. The Moors are Muslims belonging to Spain. Complete name of Boabdil was Abu ‘abd-Allah Muhammad XII. He tried to gain prestige by invading Castile but was defeated and taken prisoner and was freed only in lieu of surrendering Granada to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Castile. The… Read More »Boabdil: The Unfortunate: El Zogoybi

A tale of two movies

Booker award winning books: Salman Rushdie’s Booker of the Booker novel “Midnight’s Children” & Yann Martel’s  book “Life of PI” were turned into Hollywood movies. Life of Pi was made in 2012 and directed by Ang Lee. Midnight’s Children was made by Deepa Mehta in 2012. There is no need to emphasize the caliber of the books. Midnight’s Children is a book written by Rushdie at his creative best. It draws inspiration from his own family life. The main protagonist of Midnight’s Children is born on the night when India becomes an independent nation once again notwithstanding some pieces being… Read More »A tale of two movies

Sundarbans: Bhatir Desh

Sunderbans, the very name sends the imagination reeling about a amphibian land in the south of Kolkata spread over the maze work of islands created by Ganga, Brahmputra and Meghna rivers. These rivers which seem to abandon their discipline and break up like a fan in this land. It is labyrinth of channels encircling the islands which contain the most fertile soil in their upper crust. The name seems to be associated with the conspicuous sundari trees which are called Heritiera macrophylla by the botanists. But Mughals, as narrated by Amitav Ghosh in his beautiful novel “The Hungry Tide”, called… Read More »Sundarbans: Bhatir Desh

Mumbai Again

After almost a year, I am in Mumbai the city in the vicinity of which I have spent more than 20 years of my life. I lived in Panvel where our company had constructed a huge accommodation. But most of the offices are in Mumbai and employees who live in Panvel have to spend at least 4 hours travelling to the work.        

Moors Last Sigh!!

Last of the Moors to rule Granada was Boabdil (Arab. Abu-Abdallah or Ez-Zogoiby, the Unlucky). In 1491 the Moorish capital fell to Ferdinand, though Boabdil fought with a courage strangely at variance with his infirmity of purpose. As he rode away to the coast he halted on a ridge at Padul, still called El Ultimo Sospiro del Mora (The Moor’s last sigh), to take a farewell look at the Alhambra, and burst into tears at the sight. Whereupon his mother is said to have thus reproached him: “You may well weep like a woman for what you could not defend… Read More »Moors Last Sigh!!

Prasoon Joshi

He is a multi talented personality. He is a lyricists, dialogue and screenwriter and an ad man. In fact, he is called the “Ad Guru” and had won numerous awards for making ads. He won the filmfare best lyricist award consecutively in 2007 and 2008. He hails from Almora in Uttranchal, India. He did his MBA, but resolved to become an Ad maker for which he turned down many lucrative offers that came by him due to his MBA qualification. He started his career with Ogilvy & Mather . If you remember, Salman Rushdie also was a copy writer for… Read More »Prasoon Joshi

Shalimar Clown

I am an avid fan of Rushdie and have read almost all his works. When he writes about India, he is brilliant. This novel is based on the terrorism which has become a worldwide phenomenon. For centuries, Hindus and Muslims have been living in Kashmir in complete harmony. But the terrorism has turned this heaven on the earth into a hell. The story of the novel is about a Muslim Boy named Shalimar the clown who loves and marries a Hindu neighbor called Booniy which is a symbolic of harmonious relations between two communities. Rusdhie tells us about the village… Read More »Shalimar Clown