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Spot Rushdie in this photo?

jaipur Updated: Jan 21, 2012 01:06 IST
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Salman Rushdie

While Salman Rushdie has put an end to speculations about attending the Jaipur Lit Fest, there is a rumour emanating like smoke through a keyhole that the writer will be there attending, without participating, the fest in cognito. Now before some imam from Deoband, or some SIMI-literate, or a sniper hired by the Mumbai mafia gets too worked up about the meaning of 'in cognito', one can say that Rushdie's presence in the guise of a local Muslim or a journalist - who outnumber the writers in this year's festival by 3:1 - is still in the realm of magic realism. The truth is, 'Haroun al-Rushdie' may already be in Jaipur with those protesting against his now cancelled visit.

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