Indian science fiction -- past and present


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  1. Man On Pink Corner says:

    “There was the palace of wax made by the Kauravas and Ram faced Mrigmarichika, which was nothing but an illusion.”

    Nifty. If I didn’t know that came from nineteenth-century India, I’d have guessed it was from Borges.

  2. PopeRatzo says:

    I’ve started reading Indian scifi and re-reading much of the great Indian literature after reading “River of Gods” by Ian McDonald. If memory serves, I picked up that book because I saw a back-cover blurb from Cory. It’s funny how things come back around.
    If you really want to get your mind blown, find a copy of the Mahabharat, a 45+ hour serialized video telling of a great Hindu myth. I guess you don’t get to be the oldest text-based culture without having some terrific stories.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Wow! This link is to contempory Indian Sci Fi!!

  4. Registrado says:

    Advaita Vedanta‘s concept of Maya gives Phil Dick a run for his money when it comes to screwing with the reader’s sense of reality.

  5. sepoy says:

    Folks might also enjoy this look by Amardeep Singh on Early Bengali Science Fiction

  6. ponto says:

    Babubhai Mistri’s movie version of the Mahabharat (1965) has a tremendous scene in the wax palace, including a demo of a fabulous vedic television set (with little curtains) shown by the hero Arjun, played by Pradeep Kumar – it displays a typical Bollywood dance number, to the amazement of the Kauravas:

    Fabulous movie, by the way!

  7. anangbhai says:

    Just a clarification, the palace of Wax comes from the Mahabharat and Ram episode is from the Ramayan which mythologically precedes the Mahabharat.

    The Palace of Wax was specially built of flammable material to kill the Pandavs who were cousins to the Kauravs and call it an accident.

    Ram pursued a golden deer through a forest in the Ramayan (isn’t that a recurring element in myths, magical animals and a chase? Joseph campbell etc.)
    The golden deer is really a shapeshifting demon who is luring Ram away from his hut to allow Ravan (king of demons) to kidnap his wife.

    I gravitate towards the Mahabharat precisely because it has no moral message aside from those tacked onto it by religious writers. At its core it is a story of family politics, greed, jealousy and revenge. In the end, even the “divine” characters break all the rules and behave like ordinary humans.

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