This is worth listening many times on par with Vanraj Bhatia's rendition of bhagavat gita
The compendium of trivia collected from all parts of India and Indonesia about various subplots, their ethics and perspective are very entertaining as well as instructive. Coming from the same province as the author, Orissa, where many people are named after both the villains and heroes of yore; I can also readily relate readily to many caves and stones named after the pandavas, their benefactors or tormentors.
Draupadi, there is also a good version of her perspective in the current context developed by Chitra Bannerjee Divakaruni.
Ekalavya chopping off his finger: it reminds us that crony capitalism and nepotism are not new and meritocracy does not always triumph.
I was chagrined by the put on accents of some of the actors (showing off their English medium educational background and upbringing mostly limited to the major Indian cities) who were narrating the tale; get over it, speak naturally as any global indian speaks english today. For example, most of the Rushdie books are read by professional actors that reproduce Indian characters with appropriate diction, Peter Brook's play is also a good example of a globalized rendition of mahabharata minus any pseudo-accents !
One of the most enjoyable audiobooks I have heard happens to be Samantha Bond's reading of DH Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover. This bok could have reached similar heights if only the publisher had hired a proper Indian actor like Nana Patekar, Anupam Kher, or Sayeed Jaffrey to read it. This version of the audiobook is read by an English actor with immaculate British accent who mangles most of the Indian names and sounds distinctly uncomfortable in the trade mark Rushdie English, where characters develop through the nuances of Indian idiom and diction and what is locally known as Bombaiya hindi. Imagine a British actor reading EL Doctorow's Ragtime or Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer !!
Saleem Sinai, of course, for his transformation as the book progresses.
Hire any good Indian actor to read a book about India called midnight's children. I am not talking about hiring another British-born Ox-Bridge accented Indian.
Ragtime for India. Rushdie did what EL Doctorow did to US history in his novel, Ragtime.
Any chance we can get a good reader with proper regional Indian accents to redo this book as well as Rushdie's short stories "East West" and Satanic verses into decent audiobooks ? This can be a good movie tie in with recent release of the movie of Midnight's children.
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