Ben Okri

I lost interest in Jaipur Literature festival when they dropped Salman Rushdie because of political reasons. It is shame to secular India. He is the finest anglo Indian writer to date. One day he is sure to win Nobel. But Ben Okri Yesterday day came for the festival, I like his novels, especially The Famished Road. This is how The Famished Road begins: “In the beginning there was a river. The river became a road and the road branched out to the whole world. And because the road was once a river it was always hungry.” It is his tryst with magical realism. He says that turned to magic realism as he found that there is no reality in realism. I like what Ben Okri said about Jesus, “The greatest miracle Jesus did were his stories.”

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